Saturday, September 20, 2008

Among the Ordinary Men

Liberty and freedom are always only a generation away from extinction if I paraphrase Reagan correctly. Reading the words of our founding fathers only confirms this.

Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.
John Adams

As a stubborn house of unrepresentative legislators once again ignores the will of the people and leaves to campaign having pushed through a disastrous energy lock-up bill, I am reminded of this quote by John Adams:
"if the cause, the interest and the trust, is insidiously betrayed, or wantonly trifled, the people have a right to revoke the authority that they themselves have deputed."

Being an ordinary man, I believe I am hardly alone in seeing the need to revoke these obstinate
people the license for further representation of our will.

This Congress of course is counting on a media whom will re-frame the facts and control the "common knowledge" of the masses into something that fits into what they view as acceptable. This " re-information "of course also subscribing to the ideological standard most shared in their circle of elites, including the progressives, academia, and the truly creative.

Never mind that now, this repackaging has become so obscenely apparent that the lowly ordinary man (who is never taken seriously in the media) is now complaining loudly.

What do we know?

What can be more important than knowing the truth about our leaders before we elect them. We need to know all about them in both word and deed. The depth of the scrutiny needs to increase with the importance of the position. Media deciders cannot be allowed to include or omit only information which they deem worthy while dismissing the most of us who are the common man.
A re-framed picture that is so decidedly false, presented as to be someone mainstream, but who actually resides on the farthest outskirts of society and always has, is not a service to any free man.
Adams warns to watch for these impurities of information and the danger to liberty of losing sight of them.

We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.
They may wish to overlook the ordinary man but is us that have the right to decide and it is our obligation to be diligent. We will be.

Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge
among the people.
John Adams

We cannot trust the media to frame our information anymore but we
still need to
seek knowledge and be vigilant so that we may preserve
our liberty and freedom.

All opportunity sought must be accompanied by obligation and responsibility.
We must improve our general education and to instill a thirst for
truth in our children.

It is as true today as it was when John Adams spoke the words above.

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