A couple days ago my wife and I went to the mall so that she could get out of the house and do some shopping. While I was waiting for her I decided that I was going to have a new window sticker made up for my truck – I’m getting tired of one of the old ones. Instead of my typical multi-color designs, all I wanted was this:
However, when I wrote it down for the kid manning the kiosk, he refused to make it for me. He told me his reason was that he did not agree with what it said and that he would not make a sticker that he felt was insulting to one of the greatest presidents America has ever had. I asked him if he would change his mind if I could provide him with evidence backing up my claim, and he said that even if I brought in a truckload of evidence he wouldn’t make the sticker.
I believe that he was fully within his rights to not make that sticker for me, as I am fully within my rights to never utilize their services anymore; a right I fully intend to exercise. But it is not the fact that he simply wouldn’t make the sticker that spiked my blood pressure; it was the fact that even had I brought in evidence to prove my position right he would not have changed his mind about old Honest Abe.
I don’t want to waste too much time on Abe Lincoln, but here are but a few of the many crimes the esteemed former president is guilty of:
-He suspended Habeas Corpus when there was no rebellion or invasion
-He trampled upon the 1st Amendment when he had newspapers shut down that wrote editorials critical of his war policies
-He had thousands put into prison for protesting against his War of Aggression against the South
-Under his order Union Generals targeted non combatants and their domiciles during the war to demoralize and weaken the South
-He had federal troops march into Maryland and suspend their legislature so that it could not hold discussions on whether or not to secede; thereby violating Article 4 of the Constitution.
Those are just a few of the things this ‘GREAT’ president did that justify his being labeled as a war criminal. However, like I said, this isn’t about Lincoln, it’s about the truth and how people seem unwilling to accept it.
I’ve had this exact argument with others before, and have even been turned in for promoting offensive ideas when I bring in evidence of Lincoln’s feelings regarding their relationship with the white man. Hey, these aren’t MY opinions, these are historical facts that anyone could have found had they bothered to research them for themselves. Yet I’m the bad guy because I dare share the truth with people who have been lied to all their lives about the Civil War.
And it’s not just the Civil War either; I’ve had arguments with people over the ‘official’ story of 9/11, and I’ve had arguments with people over the fact that our constitution is not the greatest thing since sliced bread. It seems that no matter what the subject matter is, people refuse to let go of their conditioned responses to subjects whenever someone introduces them to the truth.
One of my absolute favorite quotes comes from Patrick Henry’s immortal Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death speech. In that speech Mr. Henry says, “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.” What Henry was basically saying was that, no matter how much the truth hurt, he wanted to know it so he could prepare for it.
I won’t deny it, the truth often is a bitter pill to swallow. However, that said, if you have any integrity at all then the truth should be all that matters to you. I can fully understand why people think the way they do regarding a plethora of subjects; having gone through the same educational system as they did. What I can’t understand is why people refuse to accept the truth because it conflicts with what they have been taught. That just boggles my mind.
The truth changes a person forever; once you learn something you cannot unlearn it. So it takes a certain type of person to open themselves fully to whatever the truth has in store for them. I don’t know what it is about people who are able to do that; whether we are freaks of nature or have some chemical imbalance in our brains, but I do know that we are few and far between in this country.
You see, the truth not only changes your opinions and beliefs regarding whatever subject you are studying, it also changes your perspective on the people around you. I have found that the more one learns about a subject, and I mean the more truths one discovers, the fewer people there are who want to associate with them. That said, I have also found that the quality of those who still remain friends is much higher.
You can call me a freak of nature if you want, but I don’t need the respect and friendship of hundreds of friends. I would much rather have 5 or 6 people with whom I can hold an intelligent discussion as friends than have hundreds of friends who are up to date on all the sports trivia, or what happened on last week’s episode of Game of Thrones. Like I said, call me a freak if you want, I really don’t care anymore.
One thing I have come to realize that it is not so much about finding the absolute truth as it is about the journey; the process of peeling back the lies I was taught to expose the truth. Each time I uncover a new truth that dispels a lie I get almost giddy with excitement. Often, many of the commentaries I write are based upon one instance where I discovered a new truth.
You see, I want to share these truths with everyone else, but I feel like I’m throwing tennis balls at a brick wall; the minds of people are so closed off to the truth that facts and evidence just bounce off them. And that’s what angers me, because more often than not these people claim the moral high ground and defend their positions; even when they are incapable of defending them with any facts.
The conservative right in this country claim the moral high ground simply because they believe they uphold traditional American values; while the left claims the moral high ground because they care and are willing to use government as a tool to bring about social justice and equality.
Both sides criticize the other for their views, yet I’d be willing to bet that neither side wants to enter into a serious discussion as to whether their side adheres to the constitution; let alone the fact that the constitution was rigged from the get go to fail.
You see, that’s what the truth has taught me. If you go back to my earlier writings you will see that I defended the constitution; I even once stood behind the Republican Party if you can believe that. But as I peeled away the lies my beliefs changed to conform to the truths I was revealing. Anyone with any integrity would do the same. So as I learned more I stopped supporting the GOP; then I stopped supporting this government as an entity because it no longer adhered to the constitution; and now I believe the whole thing was rigged to produce the exact government we have today.
That is what the truth has taught me, and yes, it took a great deal of courage to accept it. But, like Patrick Henry said, “For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.”
Can you say the same, or are you content to live the rest of your lives believing the lies you have taught/told. The truth is out there; the question is, do you have the courage to seek it out?