Who’s The Fool?

Buddha once said, “There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” I know a great many people who are loathe to face the truth, no matter how skillfully presented to them, or how factually supported it may be. For whatever reason they prefer to believe what facts clearly prove is an illusion rather than the truth.

I am often reminded of a scene in the film the International with the characters played by Naomi Watts and James Rebhorn:

Watts- We’re just trying to get to the truth.

Rebhorn- I get it. But what you need to remember is that there is what people want to hear, there’s what people want to believe, there’s everything else, then there’s the truth.

Watts- And since when is that okay? I can’t even believe you’re saying this to me. The truth means responsibility Arnie!

Rebhorn- Exactly, which is why everyone dreads it.

The truth, in regards to the subject matter I discuss, means that everything that you had thought to be true is a lie, and that is often a bitter pill to swallow. Yet Marcus Tullius Cicero once said, “It is the nature of every person to error, but only the fool perseveres in error.” Therefore, if you choose to believe in an illusion when there is enough evidence to prove that it is an illusion, you are a fool, and doesn’t the old proverb say that a fool gets a fool’s reward?

The truth is that, no matter what anyone says to the contrary, we no longer have a government consisting of individuals who represent the will of the people and care one iota about upholding the Constitution. The special interests, particularly the bankers, own and control the President and nearly every member of Congress. They may pander to you during election cycles but that is only to give you the illusion that we still live in a country where the people are represented by their government.

The truth is that there is no real difference between the two political parties in this country. Sure, they may campaign on different issues, and appear to be polar opposites on the outside, but once in office both parties are guilty of disregarding the limits imposed upon them by the Constitution, and both parties are guilty of infringing upon your rights. I don’t know about you, but in my book that makes both parties crooks and not worthy of our vote, and especially not worthy of our respect.

The two primary political parties in this country are mere apparatuses by which unprincipled men are vetted, then presented to us as the Republican nominee, and the Democrat nominee. Neither of whom would garner that nomination if they had not sold their souls to the party and its platform.

Our first president George Washington belonged to no political party. In fact, he had this to say about parties in general, “However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

Let me ask you something, and this is primarily aimed at those who call themselves conservatives. First, let me begin by saying that even I don’t believe that Ron Paul has all the answers for what is wrong with this country. With that said, I do believe that he has consistently proven that he understands, and supports, the Constitution better than any other member of Congress. Why is it then that you choose not to support him if you truly call yourselves conservatives? Is it because of one issue that you cannot support him, or is it because he is not supported by the GOP machinery?

If, as you say, you cared about the Constitution, and not merely choosing someone who could beat Obama in November, then you would be forced to admit that Ron Paul is the clear choice. If not, then you are guilty of falling for the illusion that there is a difference between the two parties and that choosing the lesser of two evils is acceptable to your palates.

They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. Well from my perspective, it is insane to vote for a candidate, from either side of the political spectrum, that will enact policies that will continue to push this country closer to an abyss from which there is no turning back.

I see the people of this country voting for people to enact new laws to fix all that is wrong in America. For all you conservatives out there who worship the ground Ronald Reagan walked upon, here is something he said that you may want to think about, ” Government isn’t the solution; government is the problem.”

People want a miracle from their government, they want them to enact some new law, wave a magic wand, and say a few words in Latin, then poof, all the problems in this country will disappear. Sorry, it isn’t going to happen that way!

Our country began its downslide nearly a century and a half ago with the War of Northern Aggression, or the Civil War for the uninformed amongst my readers. It is commonly accepted that the Federalist Papers are the best source of reference material when it comes to understanding our nation’s Constitution.

Therefore, from Federalist 49 I present to you the following, ” As the people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived, it seems strictly consonant to the republican theory, to recur to the same original authority, not only whenever it may be necessary to enlarge, diminish, or new-model the powers of the government, but also whenever any one of the departments may commit encroachments on the chartered authorities of the others.”

Furthermore, Federalist 78, written by Alexander Hamilton, who even though he espoused a strong central government, he said the following, ” There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority, contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can be valid. To deny this, would be to affirm, that the deputy is greater than his principal; that the servant is above his master; that the representatives of the people are superior to the people themselves; that men acting by virtue of powers, may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

We the people, by virtue of our representatives in the state legislatures, ratified and accepted the Constitution, making us partners in the compact that created the federal government. IT IS OUR SERVANT, NOT OUR MASTER! Therefore, at any time the people, may at any time choose to leave separate from this union, a principle, by the way, which was supported by the Declaration of Independence. And, if they chose to do so, the creature which the people created, (government), had absolutely no power, nor authority, to stop them.

In 1833 James Madison penned a letter to Daniel Webster which, in part, said, ” I return my thanks for the copy of your late very powerful Speech in the Senate of the United S. It crushes “nullification” and must hasten the abandonment of “Secession.” But this dodges the blow by confounding the claim to secede at will, with the right of seceding from intolerable oppression. The former answers itself, being a violation, without cause, of a faith solemnly pledged. The latter is another name only for revolution, about which there is no theoretic controversy.”

Madison never said that the concept of secession was unconstitutional, merely that it must hasten the abandonment of the idea, and that it dodged a blow. However, that blow only took another quarter century before it became a reality when the Southern States actually did secede from the Union.

Many people still believe what they were taught in history class about the Civil War, that it was fought over the issue of slavery. While slavery may have played a part, it was not the only reason the Southern States seceded. The question remains, why did the North go to war with them when they chose the option of secession?

In a letter to Horace Greeley, Abraham Lincoln wrote, ” My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that.”

Lincoln’s primary purpose for the war was to save the Union. The ONLY Constitutional justification he may have had can be found in Article 1 Section 8, where it says that Congress has the power ” To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.”

I suppose it depends upon how you look at it, but I consider the Southern States to have been well within their right to void the contract and secede from the Union. Had the federal government left them alone they may have later changed their minds without any blood having been spilt. However, by his actions Lincoln crushed the concept of the states being sovereign over the federal government, and opened Pandora’s Box when it came to the belief that the federal government is sovereign over the states, and the people.

That is where all our problems began, 151 years ago, and people want to elect a candidate who will, in four years, undo over a century’s worth of damage? And people think I’m a fool?

Since that time we have had laws passed which infringe upon nearly all our unalienable rights, and regulate almost every aspect of our lives. And you want to vote for a candidate, be it Republican or Democrat, who will continue with more of the same?

This country is facing a crisis of enormous proportions, and nobody in government seems to be willing to confront it, other than Ron Paul. According to some economists, even if we shut down the entire government, including the military, we could not bridge the gap between money taken in from taxes, and money spent by the government. Government has to borrow the entire balance to fund its operations, and by that I mean government agencies and programs. We simply cannot continue on this path without expecting a catastrophic collapse.

You all know what happened when the housing bubble collapsed? Well when this debt bubble collapses the housing bubble will seem like a walk in the park unless we do something about it, and do it now.

But as I said, nobody wants to admit the truth because they dread hearing it. Yet the truth will not go away, it will still be there, even though no one chooses to seek it out. And when it finally hits us, people will ask why didn’t someone warn us? And in response I will reply, ” We did, but you thought we were fools. Who’s the fool now?”

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