reply to post by Stewie
Thank you for your questions. To your first question; is the Tea Party Movement our best hope, I would first answer that they are not a political
party in the standard meaning of that term. Years ago I left the Republican party and became a member of the Libertarian Party but it wasn't so long
after this, that I realized the pointlessness of belonging to any political party. While Libertarians do seem to believe their rhetoric, who could
ever tell until the rose to power, and then once obtaining that power, just what would they do with to keep it?
In George Washington's Farewell Address, he gave dire warnings to the evils of political parties, and this was in the very beginning of our
Constitutional Republic. The public ignored his warnings then, and continue to warn them to this day. Political parties are not the answer at all,
nor are movements that seek to bring forth change by protest and voting. This is not to dismiss the contributions toward change that voting and
protest can bring, but they just aren't enough. Plenty of people prior to the Revolution for American Independence protested the tyranny of that
day, to no avail. Granted, they did not have the privilege of voting, but conversely, they weren't paying income taxes at all, let alone in
As to your question of examples in history to correct the injustice you speak of; I wasn't entirely sure what injustice you were speaking to, and
assumed from your post that you were referring to a "collective ignorance". I do believe, with all my heart, and rational mind, that education is
indeed the answer. However, each recipient of education must be a willing recipient or it is merely a waste of time. State owned and controlled
education institutions are hardly the answer to education. Indoctrination; sure, but education, hardly. An uneducated person who has learned to
read would do better finding access to a good library than they would do relying on a state owned and controlled education system.
Each person must take responsibility for their own education, and in my study of history, the Age of Reason, that most admirable subset of the Age of
Enlightenment was filled with individuals who took it upon themselves to educate themselves. There is historical evidence to support the contention
that prior to 1840 and the passing of compulsory education laws, Americans were the most literate populace on the planet. Backwoods people such as
Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and of course Abraham Lincoln, were more literate and far more critical thinkers than many people today.
Many people today will smugly dismiss the Constitution for the United States of America as being written by "white land owners" who didn't "know"
what we know now, but most of those doing this dismissing could not show any evidence of being any better read than those who wrote the Constitution,
even though we live in the so-called "age of information" today, and have far more access to literature and texts than they ever did. Arrogance, in
its simplest terms, is a presumption of knowledge. Too many people today, presume because they successfully navigated an education system that they
are in the possession of knowledge, and that this makes them wise. Wisdom is more than memorization of data, and even if a vast majority of that data
qualifies as facts, if one doesn't know what to do with those facts, then it is fair to say they lack wisdom.
I think far more than ignorance being the problem, the biggest problem is that of expedience. Expedience is what killed the American Dream, and it is
expedience that becomes the excuse for why people cannot do what they know in their hearts needs to be done. As Jefferson pointed out in The
Declaration of Independence, people have a proclivity to put up with a long train of abuses and usurpation's before finally committing to making
change. That We the People today have suffered far more abuses than those who rebelled against the English Crown back in 1776 speaks more to
expedience than it does ignorance. That said, ignorance certainly comes into play, but all too often, we remain ignorant out of expedience.