Saturday, June 26, 2010

Will the Real Idiot Please Stand Up!

Ignorance is rampant in America; A very simple, basic opening general statement. And, like all generalities, it’s always wrong, but only in degrees and context. I thought of using modifiers like “politically” or “socially” ignorant, but I didn’t want to limit its context; each time I thought of a modifier, I then immediately imagined a conversation I’ve found myself in that was predominantly of some other context, occupied by ignorance.

Who am I to call anyone ignorant? Nobody. I most certainly have my failings – my ignorances: I’m not scholastically trained in the art of semantics; It took me over 20 years of classes here and there to acquire a BS degree in Political Science ( a degree that qualifies me to serve coffee); and, as I am told, I am quite lacking in social skills/mannerisms. My early life was filled with ignorance and physical/mental abuse. My adult life has been some ridiculous attempt at repaying society for all the “expense” I caused by my truant and incorrigible behavior (perhaps an attempt in futility).

But, let’s get some perspective here: It’s not about me; this is about liberty. It’s about the general public’s natural and common and republican right to pursue life, to pursue liberty, and to pursue (your own form of) happiness. There are truths that cannot be denied; but they are. In that pursuit there are human characteristics that must be acknowledged and considered; there are issues of fact that must be understood, but they are consistently ignored or specifically brushed aside because of their inconvenience.

No matter how much we try, 2 + 2 will always equal 4. But there are those who will try their best to prove otherwise. Ignorance abounds, and I am sure we don’t all need examples, but let me give you a couple simple ones: Google “Peggy West Arizona Mexico border,” and remember the possible tipping of Guam? And I’m not talking about gaffs like 57 +1 states. I’m talking about the real morons who run around on college campuses sporting Che Guevara t-shirts; I really think they have no idea what they think they are supporting. Such ignorance is what brought us to our current political/social conundrum.

Here’s one- this one is what prompted me to scratch out this rant- Christopher Lee. Chris and some of his really smart friends blog at: and during the early stages of a boolean search I came across one of his posts in which he decided “on a slow day” to post the words of President Obama:

“But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, at least as it’s been interpreted, and the Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the federal government or state government must do on your behalf.”

Below this quote is quite the intellectual line of comments. One loyal reader writes out his concerns; not knowing the context of the quote, and why Chris put it on his blog. A few postings later, Chris answers with this:

“It came from a 2001 radio interview Obama did in Chicago talking about the civil rights movement not doing enough. I posted it for a few reason.
1. I was board and hadn’t posted anything since Wednesday.
2. He talks about redistribution of wealth. Which I believe to be a bad thing.
3. He calls the Constitution of the United States a “charter of negative liberties”. I have not idea what the even means, but it doesn’t sound nice.
4. He wants the Constitution to say what the government should do for you. The government isn’t here to take care of us.”

Now, as a conservative, should I see Chris as an idiot or as simply ignorant? I think ignorant is the proper term. While Chris admittedly isn’t so very well armed to defend what he believes, he instinctively knows that something stinks with redistribution of wealth. He has no idea of the details, but still comes to the correct conclusion.

Nope; Chris isn’t an idiot, he just suffers from a public education. And with a little information, he could be dangerous. The jury is still out on Joe the Plumber, but my guess is that since he was given his chance at making a dent in American ignorance and blew it, he’s probably an idiot- not everyone can be saved.

In conclusion, I strongly support and and as well as what the Texas school board < > is up to.

Is it really controversial to call America a “constitutional republic” rather than a democracy? Does such a label connote conservatism and a conservative bias, as stated in the above Washington Post article? Well, let’s see- Our institutional founding is based on a constitution; and in that Constitution it clearly states in Article IV, section IV: “The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican Form of Government, …” So where is the biased, conservative slant? (If you’re one of “them” who believes this refers to the Republican Party then you are not only one of the ignorant, you’re likely to be one of the idiots, too.)

Yea, I warned you about my poor social skills, and they are likely to get worse as we continue ushering out Liberty. I just call ‘em like I see ‘em.

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