When the People Are Well Informed
December 31, 2009 by Bob Livingston
I’m not exactly sure when it happened, but at some point—150 years ago or more—the American public went to sleep.
While we (I use this as a collective, all-encompassing ‘we’) slept robbers, thieves and liars invaded our House—that is the White House and Congress. They’ve been there ever since.
They stole our money. They stole many of our freedoms. They lied about their motives. They lied about their goals. And still we slept.
If we happened to awaken for a short time and notice the robbers, thieves and liars, we’d squeak and squawk. We’d throw a hissy fit. Occasionally we’d even vote a few of them out of office.
Then we’d roll over, and sleep would return.
This emboldened the robbers, thieves and liars.
Last yearl we slept through yet another election. A few got out and voted, almost 57 percent of those of voting age. Some of them voted, reluctantly, for the man it was thought would steal the least from us. A few voted for the lady on the bottom half of the ticket, seeing her as a sheriff who might sweep out the criminals.
But most who bothered to wake up enough to vote dreamed of “Hope and Change.” Dumbed down by government schools, pop culture and a sycophantic media, fed up with the flailings of W., driven by emotion and enticed by a silver tongue, they bought the lie. Then they smiled, turned over and went back to sleep.
By summer we woke up, and most didn’t like what we saw. We realized we’d been had. Hope and Change became Little Hope and No Change and a leftward lurch that most didn’t like.
We found the robbers, thieves and liars getting too comfortable in our digs, helping themselves to our comfy chair, warm bed and our snacks and looking for even more ways to steal from us.
Many got angry, got informed and confronted the robbers, thieves and liars. When confronted they showed their arrogance.
Emboldened by huge infusions of cash from corporatocracy and union thugs and by a ready pool of illegal and non-existent voters rounded up by community organizing groups, they dismissed us as irrelevant.
We realized they had begun to think they lorded over us rather than worked for us. The Tea Parties formed, took root and coalesced. And more and more of us became informed.
The thieves, robbers and liars got desperate. They saw their easy life being challenged and they sought to ram their Socialist agenda through very quickly, seeking to turn America into a European-style Socialist Democracy. The harder they worked the more informed we became. And that is good.
As Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to Richard Price in 1789, “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”
Now things have gone so far wrong they’ve finally attracted our notice. It’s time “to set them to rights.”