“Let’s Promote An Intelligent and Informed Electorate”
You and I have to build both a desire for liberty in the average American and the understanding of how to achieve it. As this election approaches, I ask each of you to share with your friends and employees this little dictum I came up with: “He who will not vote has no advantage over he who cannot vote.” I hear some people say, “I’m not going to vote because I don’t like either candidate (for president).” My response is that if they support the views of even one person whose name is on the ballot, that one person deserves their effort to go out and vote for him or her. No one should decide whether they are going to vote or not based upon who is running for president.
That is the point of this column. How do we achieve liberty? How do we crate an informed electorate who takes his or her responsibilities as a citizen seriously? If we do not know what liberty is like as we are losing it, why should we vote to keep it? It is a two-edged sword. This republic was founded by men who fought diligently to set a government of law instead of majority rule, which we know as a democracy. The United States was not formed as a democracy, but as a republic, so that demagogues could not change things on a whim.
For example, it is encouraging to see Mike Huckabee and others working hard to eliminate our involvement with the United Nations, not just because it has been a nest of spies since it was created, but because it also seeks to eliminate our sovereignty. Everything in the U.N. is seeking to put international law above our own law and that would guarantee our destruction faster than anything. When people understand the basis of our system—the principles underlying the Constitution, the need for our system of government and free market principles—they vote accordingly. You won’t have to tell them who to vote for, as they will be able to figure it out for themselves.
The Need for True Education
Most conservative organizations do not educate the average citizen. They make many claims that sound sensible enough, but they simply do not take the time to educate. I suppose they are too busy raising money for their projects. They also spend all of their time working activists who are already convinced of the organization’s position. Think about it. Think of the groups you have helped support financially. When did you ever read of their efforts to educate the ignorant American on their issues? Maybe they spent some time delivering post cards, letters, or petitions to Congressmen, but what have they done to increase the understanding beyond those on their mailing list?
There is no reaping without sowing. The Insiders/Elite have done a superb job of invading our educational system in the schools—from Elementary through university—in order to build their own new networks of robots, towing the line and fearful of speaking up and opposing what they know is wrong. They want everyone to be “politically correct.” Lying takes a lot of money and manpower on the part of the Insiders. However, one principle, well-disseminated, can frustrate all of their work. This is one of the reasons I subscribe to The New American. This publication, among several others, share the truth that you will not receive on the evening news. It educates. The time, effort, and money that goes into creating an informed electorate must take precedence over the election process itself simply because the election process will fail without it.
A Great Place to Start One’s Education
Consider this: 1. All the money in the world will not overcome ignorance at the ballot box. 2. You cannot gather votes that do not exist. 3. Votes are a result of education linked to desires (This is why the Tea Party did so well in our recession last election). 4. Electing Constitutionalists only comes by educating citizens on the Constitution and related principles.
5. You cannot reap what you do not sow. The sowing has to be with the right seeds to get what you want and seeds take seed money, time and effort. I would ask each employer reading this to do what he can to educate his employees with this truth.
Here is What you and Your Employees Can Watch
In order to get started, the following is a web address that shares a 29-minute video entitled, “Overview of America.” I believe this can be a great start towards that education that is not too long for an average citizen to watch. You can share with your employees that being informed will help them in knowing who to vote for and this is a great place to begin. Here is that address:
Here are some more facts for you. Remember the American Jobs Act of 2011? There was supposed to be an infusion of $447 billion which president Obama decided not to call a stimulus because his first stimulus package didn’t stimulate—it only helped reduce the value of our currency. Half of this $447 billion would come from extending payroll tax cuts for workers and employers. But the extension was to be for only one year, which means it was to run out by the time you read this article. Tell me—what employer wants to hire someone with a small, temporary tax cut? Do you? Other parts of his proposal called for a $62 billion extension of unemployment payments and $140 billion to modernize 35,000 schools and perform maintenance on many of the nation’s decaying roads and bridges. Now, think about that last proposal of his. Where are you going to find the trained workers to do something like this? Would you not either need to hire the same people that are doing this full-time anyway, or else have people standing around doing nothing at these construction sites? (Which, by the way, probably irks you and me both since we see this so often already) Today the Fed is dumping more billions into the system--prior to the election—to allegedly help accomplish something that the other billions of dumped money could not accomplish. Remember the definition of insanity?
What Coule Really Work
This same president calls a debate in Congress about raising a debt ceiling a “political circus” and even accused Congress of harboring an attitude that claims “the only thing (it) can do to restore prosperity is just dismantle government, refund everyone’s money, let everyone write their own rules, and tell everyone they’re on their own.” Not only is that insulting to Congressmen who rightly think government ought to get out of the way and leave the people alone, it sounds like a little boy throwing a tantrum. Dismantling a bit of government might just be the ticket, if you ask me. A lot might be even better! Maybe we could start with removing foreign aid to those countries that are supporting the riots against America and killing our Ambassadors. Or how about ending expensive undeclared wars? Even better for our readers might be the abolition of regulations destroying American business and sending it overseas!
On the day following Mr. Obama’s speech, the Washington-based Competitive Enterprise Institute issued a ten-point plan that it claimed would “create real jobs and spur economic growth.” It began with calling for outright repeal of the Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley Acts. Then it targeted federal environmental regulation, several federal labor laws, restrictions preventing development and exploitation of locked-up energy resources, and subsidies for “wasteful and inefficient green jobs.” There was more good sense in the CEI’s two pages than in all of the president’s speech. Obama’s plan was to create a committee to remove $1.5 trillion in government waste over the next 10 years when our deficit is over $16 trillion today! What that means is that the deficit will continue to grow in that period by an equivalent of $13.8 trillion, using the same growth as we have today (which is wishful thinking)! Think “definition of insanity” again.
Will you start helping to educate yourselves and your employees today? Let’s go for it!
An Election Motto for Today
I read a short line recently shared by a friend. Seems there was a retired shop foreman at the old Republic Steel plan in Cleveland, OH. The story goes that a young black kids was being laid off. The black kid said to the shop foreman: “You’re firing me because I’m black!” The foreman thought for a moment and replied, “No, we hired you because you’re black. We’re firing you because you’re useless!”
Sounds like a good election motto, to me.
Said Ogden Nash, “I find it difficult to enthuse…over the current news. Just when you think the outlook is so black that it can grow no blacker, it worsens. And that is why I do not like to get the news, because there has never been an era when so many things were going so right for so many of the wrong person.” Nash was an American poet who died in 1971.