As one might predict, the latest Federal government sponsored ‘dog and pony show’ style media event is off and running, this time on the topic of the U.S. Constitution and the supposed need for further legal restriction on its most basic amendments. Rhetoricians have descended from every corner of the land for a special playoff session of splitting the atoms of ‘meanings’ behind legal debate. Socrates, the Greek philosopher, believed that rhetoric alone is not a moral endeavor. He also noted that any given rhetorician is actually more convincing in front of an ignorant audience than an expert, because mastery of the tools of persuasion gives a man more conviction than mere facts. By the way, does anyone understand the definition of ‘legal’ and ‘lawful’?
Black’s Law Dictionary – “Legal”
Conforming to the law; according to law; required or permitted by law; not forbidden or discountenanced by law; good and effectual iu law.
Black’s Law Dictionary – “Lawful”
Law always constrneth things to the best.
Despite all the bloody shirt waving and media smoke and mirrors, the shootings here or there have only acted as a convenient rationale, producing nothing of themselves. What has occurred is another well-planned assault upon a general population who has the attention span of poultry and is wholly unable to make up their own educated opinions based upon their respective individual existences. Their collective mentality could be turned 180° tomorrow if ported through the right electronic devices. Rationalizing too easily falls prey to consensus based ‘facts’ and I don’t think enough people are in the real world to understand what common sense is? In fact, I doubt if anybody has ever read Thomas Paine’s, “Common Sense?”
After eleven years past 911, savants of every kind and every viewpoint have become a desk of cards equally stacked. Half “telling it like it is” from the ‘Left’ extreme and the remainder refuting it from the ‘Right’. Where truth lies is, of course, 90° diagonal somewhere past the center. I know that for every plausible insight unearthed, there is an anonymous paid provocateur manufacturing believable disinformation. Too many crisis prone readers are ready to die the proverbial “thousand deaths” rather than sit back and calmly connect the dots.
Five noteworthy, time tested thoughts might give some proper insight to a workable approach while your waiting for a little boy to show up to check our current Emperor’s wardrobe are as follows:
“The first duty of a man is to think for himself” – Jose Marti
“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions!” – Samuel Johnson.
“Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.” – Henry Brooks Adams
“The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks.” – Samuel Adams
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” – Thomas Jefferson