The renowned science fiction writer Isaac Asimov once said, “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
I’ve never claimed to be the smartest person on the planet, even about political issues. Yet I constantly have people come up to me and ask me what I think about this or that current event, or worse, try and show me how politically savvy they are by making some comment that disparages either the Republicans or Democrats. It’s almost as if they know that politics and history interests me, so they want to inject their two cents into a discussion; even if it proves that they don’t have the foggiest idea what they’re talking about.
What really irks me is when I hear people say that President Trump should, and then they mention some law he should enact, or some act he should undertake to solve an issue. I only mention Trump because he is the current president; I’ve heard the same thing from supporters of every president going back as far as I can remember. It doesn’t matter who the sitting president is, people become upset when I say that the only thing a president should do is adhere to the Constitution and respect my rights.
It is at that point in a discussion that people either get very angry, calling me a liberal or a fascist, or they start stuttering and stammering, saying things like, “Yeah, but….” My God people, every president going back as far as Washington placed their hands upon a Bible and swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution; don’t you think that it just MIGHT be a good idea if they actually did that…support the Constitution I mean? Don’t you think that it also might be a good idea that those who support a president learn what that Constitution says?
Yet whenever I bring up the specifics as to what the Constitution says, or what those debating the merits of the Constitution promised would be the powers exercised by the government, people become angry, or disregard these facts; as if they were meaningless, insignificant.
It never seems to cross people’s minds that the only reason we have this system of government is because the Constitution was adopted in 1789; that had the Constitution been rejected instead of ratified, this government would not exist. Unfortunately, what the Constitution actually says is of little concern to those who support the existence of this system of government; and God forbid one even hint at the fact that the Constitution itself sucks.
I’d be willing to bet a substantial amount of money that the majority of those who hold political discussions across this country could not tell you how many Articles there are in the Constitution, or give you a brief description of what each Article does. I’d also be willing to bet that a great many people couldn’t even tell you how many rights are listed within the Bill of Rights; and if they did they would probably say 10 – one for each amendment. Hell, the 1st Amendment by itself lists 5 rights that government has no authority to infringe upon.
Yet these same people think that their political opinions should matter, that they are informed based upon the fact that they are aware of the positions on the issues held by those on either the left or the right, or what the news media is reporting on. God forbid you ask them to learn what powers our government was supposed to be allowed to exercise on their behalf, and one is way out of line if they expect people to undertake a study of how many prominent men in this country opposed the ratification of the Constitution; what their arguments against it were.
But by God these people will tell you they are informed, and then call you a radical, an extremist, or even un-American when you provide evidence which shows just how uninformed they really are. What really cracks me up is how people will support the Constitution against those who point out its flaws, even though they have never taken the time to read it themselves. These same people will tell you the men who drafted it were inspired, that they created the perfect document, establishing the best system of government the world has ever seen.
Well gee whiz, excuse me for pointing out the obvious, but if these men were inspired, if they truly created the ‘perfect’ system of government, how come our government is so screwed up, so corrupt, and show so much disregard for our rights and liberty?
Could someone please answer that logically for me?
A perfect system of government would not seek to worm its way into every aspect of our lives; micromanaging our daily affairs as if we were a bunch of children who were incapable of deciding for ourselves how to live our lives, while at the same time accepting complete responsibility for them. A perfect system of government would manage a few general concerns of the country as a whole, while leaving the people free to live their lives as they please; to prosper or fail based upon their own efforts and talents.
If the people of this country truly believe that the framers of our Constitution were such great and inspired men, they would do well to read the notes Madison took during the convention that produced that document. These men proposed some pretty radical and, if I do say so myself, tyrannical ideas. Yes, those radical ideas were not introduced into the document; not directly. However, the way the document was worded, the inability of the people to punish those who overstepped the few limited powers originally delegated to government, has allowed for the government it outlines to amass all kinds of powers it was promised it would not be allowed to exercise; and the people concern themselves only with the fact that they stop the ‘other’ party from gaining control of those powers.
Today the hearings in the U.S. Senate began in the impeachment of President Trump. I’m sure that people who call themselves politically astute will be watching intently; offering up their thoughts on the matter. Truth be told, every person involved in this process, every person elected to office for that matter, should be impeached and either sent to prison for the rest of their lives, exiled to some shithole 3rd World country, or strung up by the neck for their infringements upon our rights and liberty…EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!!
This whole impeachment is a fiasco, a circus designed to support and maintain support for the two party paradigm. The Democrats gotta do whatever it takes, (including fabricating false charges), to get rid of Trump, and the Republicans gotta support and defend him so that the Democrats don’t stop him from making America great again. The whole thing is to keep people at each other’s throats so that they don’t focus their attention on the fact that their government sucks, and the document that established it is to blame.
Our country is in such sad shape not because of some law Trump or Obama signed; it is in such sad shape not because of some law enacted going back to 1913, or because the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868. The truth is our country is in such sad shape because the Constitution was ratified in 1789; for whatever problems have arisen because of abuses of power by both Democrats and Republicans could have been prevented had this system of government never been adopted in the first place; and if the government sucks, it is only because the document that established it was flawed and not able to restrain government against abuse and tyranny.
Spooner was right when he said, “But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case it is unfit to exist.”
But as long as people disregard the fact that government, as an entity, does things it is not supposed to be doing, nothing will ever change; only control of a corrupt and despotic system switches hands between those intent upon imposing their vision of tyranny upon the people.
When control of a system of government becomes the primary focus of a people, rather than opposing the systems attempts to restrict their rights and liberty, tyranny always follows. Those who support the system are the enemies of liberty, and those who stand for liberty are the enemies of the system; it has always been that, and always will be so. Christ told us we cannot serve two masters. Well the same goes for government, you cannot say that you are a defender of liberty when you support the very entity that, with every law it enacts, it destroys liberty.
You must make your choice, be a defender of liberty or be, as Vladimir Lenin said, a useful idiot that supports the entity that is, and has been, destroying liberty since it was first put into place in 1789.
All I know is that I grow weary of discussing politics with people who have such severe tunnel vision that they cannot see beyond their political party allegiance and see that the other party is not their enemy, government is; and by default the document that has proven incapable of establishing a system that would secure to all men the ability to enjoy the full exercise of their rights, and rightful liberty.
I’m tired of arguing with people who refuse to admit that the Constitution does not authorize government to do 99.999% of the things it currently does; and based upon that the Constitution itself is insufficient as a document designed to preserve our liberty and establish a truly limited government. For if the Constitution had been the great document people claimed it was, then their government would not be doing all these things…and the facts would prove this to them if they would only put aside their prejudices and biases and examine them.
So go ahead, keep spewing your opinions about politics and government, as if you were an expert on the subject. Just don’t be surprised if someone who is actually knowledgeable on the subject comes along and exposes the fact that you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about!
I know it won’t happen, people will resort to name calling and insults, but I ask of you anyways, when that happens that you pause and examine your premise. Throughout the book Atlas Shrugged the theme of ‘check your premises’ runs rampant. What this means is that if you are confronted with contradictory beliefs you should check the premises which form your beliefs and change them to conform to the facts.
I am not a radical, I am not an extremist, and I’m certainly not the enemy of your rights and your liberty. I may be the enemy of your beliefs; if those beliefs are founded upon falsehoods and lies, but I am not YOUR enemy; and I certainly do not hate my country, as some have claimed. As H.L. Mencken once said, “The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
My despair comes when I am confronted by people whose beliefs and opinions are not based upon fact, and when the people refuse to either consider, or use facts when forming their opinions. When I hear people argue about why their party is better than the other one, or why our country is in such a sad state, it makes me want to tell them that the reason their favorite football team loses so much is because their uniforms aren’t pink. That’s how idiotic their opinions sound to me; because they have no basis in fact.
If the truth does not matter, then what’s the use in even debating with people? If the truth does not matter, then the only thing that does is who is the most convincing liar; and if that’s the case, then America is screwed and I may as well just put my head between my legs and kiss liberty goodbye forever; leaving the ignorant to suffer the consequences of their ignorance.
All I know is that I’m tired beyond my years of arguing with fools who can’t even tell me what the founding document for their system of government says, while these people claim the moral high ground and tell me that I’m an enemy to what America stands for.
My friend Michael Gaddy keeps telling me that you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken shit; meaning you can’t talk sense to a fool. It’s time I start taking his advice and to stop trying. So screw you all, I’m have had about all that I can stand when it comes to discussing politics with people whose minds are so trapped in the indoctrination they have undergone that they are incapable of an intelligent discussion on the subject.
So if you can’t even explain what the founding document for our system of government says, then I ask that you take your political thoughts elsewhere, for I don’t want to hear them. If you can prove me wrong with facts, then by all means do so. Otherwise keep your idiotic thoughts to yourself; or better yet, share them with someone who thinks you’re a genius; but I don’t want to hear them.