Ignorant and Free?

Ignorant and Free?

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free . . . it expects what never was and never will be” (Thomas Jefferson)

So what are the means by which we could be knowledgeable enough to maintain our freedom? Certainly the media is one vehicle for this function, yet for many years now the media has sided with one rather ugly movement in our culture, namely progressivism. This has hampered the general knowledge base of our people.

Our schools, certainly should help us avoid the pitfalls of ignorance. Yet, sadly they have also fallen into the progressive ideology. They are supporting the big government narrative of Saul Alinsky. Enter “common core,” essentially sold on the notion that all children will learn the same or similar things in school, thereby making standardized testing for example, more doable. Yeah. While the method could be useful in some ways, I have another word for what’s really going on, it’s called propaganda.

So, if the media and education are failing the country, and I contend they are by propagandizing rather than informing us of our history, our exceptionality, our current standing in the world, and our dreams for the future, what is left as a means to recreate and maintain our freedom. Yes, I said recreate. We have lost vast dimensions of freedom since our founding. We are losing the value of self-reliance, intuition, honest research, and personal integrity.

There are those who seem to pin hopes on our bloated, bureaucratic Washington, DC government to fix itself. I see no hope there. The rewards of cronyism have set into both political parties to a point of no return. Integrity has been reduced to not getting caught, or lying when they do get caught. It has been and can be said that the gluttonous grab for power and the corruption that accompanies it produces resume enhancement rather than the end of careers.

To begin with, I’m not ready to give up on media, schools, government, etc.. Things have a way of going full circle. Circumstances can change dramatically to force change on these, even though both seem recalcitrant right now.

There is hope from the impact of high tech on education. As more people place their children in home schooling, or private, or charter schools, there is the hope that the internet, wifi libraries, and the general explosion of creativity will produce forward thinking young people full of zeal for opportunities. The open question here of course, is what are they learning? Is it all future? Or are they going to be advantaged by learning the past too? Failure to learn our past is failure to be guided and safeguarded by the advantage of learning from past mistakes.

There is also a constitutional way out of the current crisis. Article 5 allows not only the congress, but the states to amend the constitution by their own convention, without Federal involvement or interference. While this is a solution perhaps requiring years, it could provide corrections to our federal government, that has become unresponsive to the people. So be on the lookout for the COS, the Convention Of the States.

I am optimistic that the real solutions will come from the people. Freedom is, I believe, inherent to the condition of the human heart. We were created with a yearning to be self-reliant, self-governing, self-supporting to the end of helping one another. Of what good am I, if I have none of my own power to assist my family, my neighbor, and my community?

People don’t naturally like to be ignorant either. Ignorance places the individual at the mercy of the evil doer and the merely oportunistic. Ignorance turns a citizen into a serf. The people, with their natural thirst for freedom and knowledge, respect themselves enough to stand up to tyrants. And tyrants seem to be plentiful these days. So we have lots of practice ahead in standing up to them.

Never, ever give up on freedom!

Lawlessness Is Not Leadership

“A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.” United States Declaration of Independence

If William Jefferson Clinton’s presidency is remembered for sexual deviancy, and George W. Bush’s presidency is remembered for an inability to stand up for traditional republican principles, Barack Hussein Obama’s presidency will be remembered for executive branch lawlessness. He has after all been called an imperial president for good reason. His repeated encroachments on the limits of the office he holds (in session appointments or recess appointments), his contempt for a “negative” bill of rights, and his lack of regard for the gravity of the office (hundreds of golf outings, lavish vacations, and willful sidestepping of the most serious of the duties of this office: defending American lives, even to the point of allowing an ambassador and others to be tortured and murdered).

Perhaps the most egregious violation in his oath to uphold our constitution is his blatant refusal to uphold all our laws. As bad as was his open refusal to defend the DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), the obstinate destabilization of our nation through illegal entry into our nation is in my opinion, criminal. Illegal entry is just that: illegal. On the face of it, he pledged to uphold our sovereignty, but now constantly threatens our sovereignty by appealing to the sympathies of citizens on behalf of the hapless who illegally cross our borders. With this he insults the dignity, intellect, and individual sovereignty of the citizenry. We know that adult criminals, gang members, and terrorists are crossing the border illegally amidst the government induced chaos. They indeed are victimizing those hapless with whom our president seeks to distract us. And there lies the insult with a sharp edge, he does not respect the individual citizen of this country by whom and for whom this government exists. Nor does he respect the “immigrant.” If he did, he would enforce the laws uniformly as required by law, so that all could have that fair shake he brags about so frequently. We are a nation of laws, not of charismatic speechifiers.

But that is characteristic of this man. What he accuses his enemies of is indeed what he is doing in secret. That will be exposed in time. What he brags as his accomplishments are not accomplishments but really things he renders impossible. There can be no “fair shake,” when that pathetic, dark cloud of lawlessness hangs like death over our once great land. Obama willfully destroys this government and culture in hopes of recreating it in the image of Marx and Alinsky. This compares favorably with and can only be done by the acts which may define a tyrant.

If not criminal, these offenses are certainly impeachable, though I believe also morally reprehensible. He is not doing the job, he is redefining the job. Unfortunately, the redefinition looks very little like the original. He adds authority where there is none, “I have a pen and a phone,” and reduces authority where there is plenty, by slashing our military, and opening the border. In neither case is this appropriate, nor effective leadership of a free people.

I believe the sovereignty of the individual trumps the sovereignty of any human government. For the individual not only pre existed any government, it follows that no government could exist without individuals. Individuals however can exist without central governance. Many might not like such an existence, but it is so nevertheless. Because of this belief in individuals, I believe in time, Obama’s plan will fail, the human spirit is rising even under this disastrous rule he has promoted. People will see the truth prevail, for truth, like magnetic power or gravity, will rise within the hearts of citizens, overwhelming the lies, the lawlessness, the poverty of leadership, the immaturity of ideologically steamrolling over individuals. The truth will rise, the majesty of creation will upend the dictatorial dreams of any tyrant. For tyranny is seen impoverished as against the voluntary, enlightened efforts of people working together to secure their liberty, lives, and satisfaction in personal accomplishment. Governmental transfers of wealth created by one to anyone who did not earn it is not grace, it is theft guided by feudalism. We however are a nation enlightened. We together have tasted true leadership many times in our short national history and we will see excellent leadership rise again. Vote for it. Believe it, hope for it, love it!