The U.S. Census Bureau offers an interactive website that shows you, not only how many people are currently living in the United States, but also how often children are born or how often people die in this country. For instance, there is one birth every 8 seconds while someone dies every 11 seconds; meaning we have a net gain to the population of 1 person every 17 seconds.
This website also shows the States with the highest populations, and the regions where the population is the most densely packed together. As an example, there are 11,490 people per square mile in our nation’s capital, the District of Columbia; while in Florida there are only 397 per square mile. But if you break it down by county, New York County is more populous than the District of Columbia, with 73,452 people per square mile.
None of that information is going to make a difference as to the price of gas or a pound of ground beef in Poughkeepsie or Cedar Falls, but it is still interesting to know how many people there are in this country, and where they are most densely packed together.
The only reason I stumbled across this information is because I was looking for the most current and up to date data on how many people live in the United States; which as it stands right now is 328,688,525; and I’m sure by the time I finish writing this that the number will have gone up by about 100.
While that 328 some odd million people includes all the people, including those under the age of 18, it still is a pretty impressive number; with the U.S. ranking third in the world as to its population; with only China and India ahead of us, with over a billion people living in each of those countries.
One of the more interesting graphics on this webpage shows the percentage of total population each age group’s comprises. There are two distinct bulges in population; one of them being the people who are under the age of 30 and the other being those between 50 to 60 yrs of age. After 60 yrs of age the total number of people of that age group rapidly begins to diminish as more and more of them begin dying off.
That statistic is striking in that it tells me that soon the people of my generation will begin dying off at a very fast rate, while at the same time those currently under the age of 30 will grow up and assume control of this country. This begs the question of what kind of a country will we leave to them, and what kind of a country will they turn America into once they assume control?
What got me to thinking about this was a post I put onto Facebook yesterday morning. Well, it wasn’t the post itself, it was the fact that a friend, Jamie Bell, asked if it was a work in progress; meaning the premise for an upcoming article. I had not intended to write anything based upon what I posted to Facebook, but Jamie Bell’s comment got the gears turning and this is what became of it.
My original post was rather simple, containing but three sentences: A wise man seeks knowledge while a fool is content to wallow in ignorance. A wise man embraces the truth like it was a lover while a fool scorns and rejects it. A wise man questions everything while a fool believes everything they are told.
Applying those guidelines to myself I would have to say that for nearly 40 years of my life I was a fool. I was content to wallow in my own ignorance and the truth, well the truth was only important when it conformed to whatever beliefs I had formed in my formative years. I did, however, have a rebel streak in me; I always questioned authority and it often got me into trouble. I think it was that rebel streak that caused me to begin seeking out knowledge and the truth; but I can’t be absolutely sure about that.
In any case the quest for the absolute truth about both the history and our system of government has become an all consuming passion; something that takes up a great deal of my free time. At first it was hard, very hard in fact, to accept some of the truths I uncovered. But once I accepted those truths it became easier and easier to accept other truths; having once opened my mind to the fact that I had been lied to about certain events in the history of this country.
It has been my experience that if you try to engage the average person in an intelligent, fact based debate on an issue, you may as well be speaking to them in Latin or Greek, for they are incapable of speaking from a position based upon fact rather than emotion. You could bring an entire fleet of semi trucks packed with facts to support your position, but if you cannot get those you are debating to think, then you’ve already lost the debate.
That is why I fear for the future of this country. If you cannot get people to think about what those who established this country as a free and independent nation felt about certain things like liberty, and the purpose government should serve, then government can serve whatever purpose the majority thinks it should serve and we are no longer a Republic with the rule of law to govern us; we are an elective democracy where the irrational and emotional will of the people dictate what government can and cannot do.
After all, who cares about what a bunch of old dead guys thought when we have people like Obama or Trump to tell us what to think? It’s totally irrelevant to the average American that the things people like them say are diametrically opposed to the things those who established America felt about the powers given government, or the security of my rights and liberty. They are dead and it doesn’t matter that they had more knowledge about history and systems of government in their pinkie toes than Trump or Obama have in their entire bodies…who cares, they are dead…right?
If it weren’t so sad and pathetic I would have to burst out into fits of laughter when I hear people discuss politics in this country. All I hear is a repetition of talking points and party platforms that have been spoon fed to them in an effort to shape and manipulate their opinions on the issues. Rarely do I hear any intelligent discussion over the legality of what their government does, or how it has been fundamentally altered from a federal to a national form of government over the course of its 200 odd years of existence; as if people could even explain the difference between the two forms of government.
I often wonder how many people of voting age have ever read the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Of those who have, how many have ever read the Federalist Papers? Of those who have, how many have read the anti-Federalist Papers; including the writings of Cato, Brutus, Federal Farmer, Centinel, and Patrick Henry’s speeches before the Virginia Ratifying Assembly?
If you don’t know how our constitution came into existence, [by fraud], then how are you to know that those who wrote it had in mind the goal of consolidating the individual States into a single political entity under a strong centralized system of government? They knew that to try that flat out would doom their plans to failure, so they created a system that provided the means for accomplishing their goal, while at the same time sounding like it protected State sovereignty so as to ensure it would be adopted if the people could but be fooled into accepting it.
It took the Colonies four years to adopt the Articles of Confederation; and only after much debate by the individual Colonies. The Constitution was ratified in under a year; with the effort to stifle opposition to it being exerted by supporters of this grand new plan of governance.
It has been my experience that the only time one seeks to stifle debate on an issue is when they have something to hide; some flaw or weakness in their position that, if exploited, would doom their plan to failure. One has to wonder if James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, and all the other so-called Federalists knew that if the people carefully examined and dissected their constitution, clause by clause, they would discover the inherent weakness of their plan and the threat it posed to State sovereignty and to the liberty of the people.
But what’s done is done and it can’t be undone. We have a system of government that was created and ordained by the voice of the people. Yet we can choose to learn what powers that system of government was supposed to be exercising on our behalf, and we can ensure that we do not vote for any candidate who does not convince us that they will remain true to the powers those who ratified this document were promised the government would exercise.
But that means putting aside your partisan leanings, your liberal and conservative ideologies and learning what those who ratified the constitution were promised the government they were implementing would do. It means researching and studying the writings of those dead guys, and tying to make sense of their words; a near impossibility thanks in large part to the inadequacies of our public educational system.
One thing knowledge will prove to you is that no matter who wins an election; which party is in control of your government, the government itself never really changes much. It is a corrupt entity that seeks to deprive us of the fruits of our labor to benefit those who supported them in their bid for election, while at the same time limiting and restricting your freedom. THAT never changes, no matter who is in charge. If you can’t see that, then you are a fool
So go ahead, keep voting and let me know how well that works out for you. You tell me I can’t complain because I don’t vote. I say you can’t complain because no matter who you vote for nothing ever changes. If you don’t vote for principle, then what exactly are you voting for at all? Why cast your vote for someone who, with even the most rudimentary examination, would be shown to be campaigning upon issues it is not within the purview of the federal government to act upon?
Go ahead; prove me wrong, I’ll wait.
Believe me, I’ve had this argument with friends and family members and they all say, “Well this law or that law gives government the power to do this or that.” But that’s not what I’m asking I’m saying that if the Constitution is, in fact, the Supreme Law of the land, and if it governs the actions of our government, where in the Constitution does it authorize the people you elect to do each and every thing they promise to do?
Again, I’ll wait while you research that.
If the Constitution does not authorize the government to do all these things, then who loses the right to complain; those who choose not to vote for criminals, or those whose votes put those criminals into office? Don’t blame me, I didn’t vote for these criminals, you did!
For some reason the people in this country have this irrational fear of the government shutting down permanently; as if their lives depended upon the continued existence of government. Me, I’d throw a party or dance a naked jig if government ever shut down for good. If your sanity depends upon the fact that government stays in control over your lives, then there is something wrong with you. Seriously, if the thought that government might shut down terrifies you, then you are mentally unstable.
The only thing government does for me is steal from me. It steals my income to pay for things I disbelieve in and it steals my freedom in the form of laws designed to keep me safe and secure. I don’t need government for a damned thing, and if it suddenly sunk to the bottom of the Earth like the lost continent of Atlantis, I would be the happiest man on the planet. If only the same thing would happen simultaneously to those idiots in Sacramento I think I would burst forth in song…and I can’t sing worth a damn!
But it all boils down to an almost epidemic scale of ignorance and apathy; people simply don’t know, or care about the truth; they are content to go on believing the lies they have been taught or to totally ignore what’s happening in this country to their freedom. Football, video games and Reality TV is of much greater importance than knowledge and the truth. And unless that changes nothing else will; we will remain slaves to an ungrateful master.
Knowledge will tell us that we are slaves, but it is courage that will free us. One without the other is useless; they must be combined together to halt the progression towards absolute despotism in America.
But as Franklin wrote upon the final day of deliberations of the Constitutional Convention, “…I believe farther that this is likely to be well administered for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”
Well, we have become corrupted, corrupted in principles and in our actions. And you think that by continuing with more of the same we’re gonna make America great again? You must be delusional.
Oh, if you’re interested, here is the URL for that Census Bureau website I spoke of: Census Clock