reply to post by DjOsiris
Well duh. We've let them. It's the same reason that we idolize Lincoln for traits that mean little in today's politics like honesty. It's the
reason that despite how clearly the constitution points out that we are a United States Of America and not America. The idea that the Constitution can
be interpreted is still relatively new. However, the founding fathers were pretty smart guys, they don't need interpretation because their goal in
writing the constitution was to set up a stable government using a clearly written document. It's right there and their "interpretation" allows
them to make new laws. I don't have the link,( I looked for it but not too long, i can probably find it and when if I do I will update) but I read a
poll a couple weeks ago from a quiz taken in congress and also by Citizens around the US and congress' average was 46% correct while the U.S.
Citizens answered 50%. It's simple, the less we understand our government the less we notice the blatant misuse of the power we're giving to our
government. It's the same reason that we idolize Lincoln for traits that mean little in today's politics like honesty. It's the same reason that
our kids in school are taught that Civil war was about slavery when in fact it was about a States' rights to decide for themselves their priorities
(such as slavery). Now, this could be for two reasons, to keep race a current issue as well as hiding the fact the civil war and the Emancipation
Proclamation were in fact Unconstitutional. When it came down to it the preservation of the Union revolved around economic stability.
Now, this does not mean that i believe the South will rise again or that slavery was right. I think those are simple tools used to deflect. No I'm
not an "ignorant redneck" and I abhor the use of other people by any form of manipulation for personal gain.
No, when it comes down to it, money makes our world go round. Not love, peace, advancement, ideas, or peoples' faith. Money, the idea that we can
print paper to bring value to our work and success so that others may profit from it. Money funds the lobbyists, money funds the advertisements,
money funds the unions, the schools. Money has become our life source without much objection.
At what point do we find Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of happiness on the back of the dollar? When we've successfully painted the picture that it
does. Ever open the tabloids or watch a "red carpet event"? (If not, I'm proud of you.)
Our government was meant to consist of your average man (at the time this would be a farmer) who would run for office not for the power, money, or
notoriety, but because he felt his ideas were not voiced and because he felt he could do better for his people than those in office could. George
Washington was not president of a new country for two terms because he felt that he should lead the people but because the people asked him to lead.
Today the average man has no chance in office thanks to our party system that divides us on issues and tries to place ideals in two categories (left
and right) instead of judging a candidate on what they have to offer. It has become a game where, regardless of political alignment, the idea is good
vs. evil. And we are misled to think that everything must be black or white, red or blue, fact or fiction, when in reality, each leaf on a tree is
different, as are snowflakes, as are people, as are the days, so as are the problems we must face. Control is an ever evolving game that if we don't
notice we will fall victim to. Look at the Catholic church before the invention of the printing press, look at the fuedal system, indentured servants,
Unions. Now, look around you.
People her say "wake up" a lot here and it is truly a fine suggestion. Wake up, question what these people spend their/our/your money attempting to
deliver to you (info, goods, ideas). Wake up, question the things you may or may not have been taught. Study and enhance your understanding of
history, the ways people think, and the world around you in order to make your own observations rather than what people are feeding you.
Thomas Jefferson once said that, "Those who sacrifice freedom for safety neither receive, nor deserve, either one."
But, hey, that's just my opinion and I could be wrong.