An Informed People
Two of the foremost things that allowed the domestic enemies of America to continue to exist within our nation and to rise to power are ignorance on the part of Americans and the fact that these Leftist enemies suborned and corrupted the American educational system.
What better way to destroy a nation than to refuse to each its values and to teach foreign and/or false values instead?
When a generation of people in America was raised without true knowledge of what our Founders created, what they meant and envisaged, and what being an American means, the road to our enemies’ rise was paved and ready.
I know no safe depositary of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.
— Thomas Jefferson
Letter to William C. Jarvis, 1820 AD
Fortunately for America, the Tea Party has moved beyond the first, needed tactic of widespread protests and now has begun to focus on the longer term strategy of providing educational opportunities to the people. They seek now to inform the people’s discretion, as it were, by such education in order to revitalize and re-empower the American citizenry, which the Liberals have tried hard – and nearly successfully – to turn into mere subjects devoid of even the knowledge that they, not their elected tools, are the government.
From the Washington Post:
BEALETON, VA. — “Tea party” activists across the nation tried to put the “independence” back in Independence Day this weekend with festivals and other gatherings focused on the Constitution — and how to use it for political gain.
Coupled with an upsurge in organized classes and book clubs, the trend reflects a growing effort among conservatives to teach supporters how to do political battle using an inviolable weapon: the nation’s founding documents. It’s a change in emphasis for a movement that rose to prominence with spirited and sometimes unruly protests across the nation.
But it’s one that organizers hope will yield real political results by arming supporters with the detailed knowledge to back only those candidates who are loyal to their ideals.
“The rallies were a start, but the goal now is to get people to stop and really think about things,” said Kerry Scott, an organizer of the Alexandria Tea Party, one of several hundred conservative activists who attended “An American Event,” a Fourth of July festival for “God and country” staged by a local farmer on rolling farmland in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains this weekend.
This seems to me to be both a brave and wise move on the part of the Tea Parties. Encouraging people to learn about what America was supposed to be is the best long-term strategy I’ve heard of to get our country back on the track it was always meant to be on and from which it has so horribly strayed.
It’s sad that it is necessary though. Such thing should have been continually taught in our schools, but with the educational system’s subornation by our enemies it’s been a long time since this was true. We’ve devolved and degenerated a great deal since James Madison’s time.
A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
— James Madison
Letter to to W. T. Barry, 1788 AD
When Madison wrote that he was lauding the growth of educational institutions in America because they were teaching citizenship and educating we, the People in matters of governance so that as many as possible could take up their duties as the true government of America.
Sadly, things changed and some sorts decided that an informed people was contrary to their own interests. Perhaps though, their effectiveness in this ploy is finally beginning to fade and falter.
Keep your eyes open. Travel light but load heavy, and always put another round in the enemy after they’re down.
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