We, the People of the United States of America are Americans, but what are we in the grand scheme of this great nation? That is one of the most fundamental questions facing Americans in these ever-darkening days. Are we the populace or the citizenry?
This question rarely, or ever, gets asked but it the question that most should be asked.
The Liberals and Progressives cleave to the dogma that we’re, by and large, just the populace. According to them, we’re just the unwashed, unintelligent, uneducated, and primitive masses that must be rule over and looked after by the would-be aristocrats of the intelligentsia and the politicians that they choose for office.
On the other hand, what is labelled as the Conservative viewpoint is that we, the People are the citizenry and we have both the right and the duty to be participatory in both our governance and our society. According to them, we’re both the nation and the nation’s governing body, responsible to- and for ourselves.
At the core of many of the divergences between the Right and Left is the underlying difference of their opinion are as to what we are. Almost everything else ultimately stems from those core beliefs.
It also must be pointed out this particular philosophical divide cannot be bridged. No true compromise between the two position is possible. We, the People are either the populace to be ruled, guided, and protected by our masters or we are the citizenry and, as such, are responsible for ourselves and our nation. There’s no middle ground.