Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's Time To Go Old Shcool

You know, I was kind of thinking about Stav Blackmane today. What an interesting guy. And people keep asking me "Who is Stav Blackmane?". I know, there isn't much about him on the internet, other than a few profiles and pictures. Not much at all, and honestly, I don't know too much more than you guys do. I've talked to him, but other than that, I don't know a lot about him.

But he's got a lot of people's attention all of a sudden. Why? The things he says. And the way he says it...if he would agree to a video or even audio, you would know what I mean. The way he says it, you know he is saying exactly what he believes.

The problem with a Stav Blackmane, besides the name Stav (what is that? Scandinavian or something?) is that he says exactly what people like you and I think. He speaks in simplistic terms. And in the world of politics, simplistic means "commoner". In the world of politics, everything is "nuanced" or, "complex", or "not as simple as that".

But Blackmane still resonates. Why? Simplicity. We, the People, understand the role of government and the freedoms we are promised because the U.S. Constitution was written in such simplistic terms. Each right we have was expressed in a few sentences. They weren't nuanced. It doesn't actually take a constitutional law professor to understand them. They were written in a way that the common man could understand them, out of necessity, to get the document to pass, and eventually to get the Bill of Rights to pass (mostly to get Rhode Island to ratify the thing...to which state we owe a debt of gratitude).

What it takes a constitutional law professor to interpret is how lawyers, politicians, and judges over the years have skewed and all but re-written such a simple document. The document itself is easily understood by the lowest of the low, if they be literate.

So it is a combination of lawyers and politicians, really, that have made nonsense of such simple sense over the years.

And Blackmane is the antithesis of this. He speaks his mind, clearly and concisely. He sticks to those self-evident truths, and does not deviate from them. He looks at the role of government as it was meant to be by those very articles we call the Constitution.

But if he had won the primary, if he was in Romney's place now, and said what he said, which simply amounts to truth, how he would be lambasted by the media and politicians alike!

The problem with this country isn't jobs. It isn't the economy per se. It isn't a clash of ideologies so much. These are but symptoms of the problem. The real problem is a rampant denial and fear of objective truth. This fear crosses party lines. It is shared by almost all.

The truth is that the federal government is not a safety net. It is not there to make sure you have even the most basic of necessities. That is your responsibility. And if your state or local government wishes it, they can take care of you instead. But, constitutionally, the federal government is not there to do these things.

That scares people, because they've come to expect it. See, the federal government made a deal with the people a long time ago. The "New Deal" of FDR was a big part of it, but it started before and was added to after, even up to today with Obama Care. The deal was this: trade your responsibility to care for yourself, and we the government will shelter, feed, clothe, and care for you.

The problem with such "deals with the Devil", is that few people read the fine print, or even the big print sometimes. In this case, it was trading liberty, because liberty and responsibility are interconnected. It is a bond that cannot be broken. The more freedom a person has, the more responsibility. The less responsibility, the less freedom.

Blackmane gets that. A lot of us get that. The Founders surely did. But the average American no longer understands that, or chooses to overlook it. The elderly want their subsidized health care. The poor want their food stamps. Young women apparently want their abortions and contraception. But the elderly didn't plan ahead to cover their own health care costs; they shirked that responsibility. I'll give them a pass, because they were told by the federal government that they were basically investing in that by paying a tax during their working years.

But what about the others? The poor want their food stamps and their government housing. Some of the poor use these things until they get up on their own two feet and make a life for themselves, and I applaud these people. But the rest find it easier to give up the liberty that a better life affords, and just take what the government gives them.

The young, oh those silly young people...they want to be on their parents' health insurance until they are nearly 30 years old. They can't get a job, they say. Oh? What happened to working two or three jobs? People used to do that. Now, what people call "a job" is a full-time affair with tons of benefits and great pay. Part-time jobs don't really count anymore. Used to, if it's part time, you had time to work other jobs and make up the difference.

And abortions and contraception? Heaven forbid any of these people might want to practice the responsibility of not having rampant sex. But my taxes must go to their lifestyle, because the federal government promised to take care of the messy consequences.

These are but a few examples of how the American society has been lulled into accepting the lies of an increasingly overbearing federal government. And many of these same people vote. The hardest thing to do when you've lived in a lie, is to accept the truth, even when a guy like Blackmane spells it out for you. So we should be happy that Stav didn't win the primary. He could never beat Obama, who is well versed in deception.

And nothing would make the voters happier than to be assured by the warm glow of the continuous lies they've been fed since birth.

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