“Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.” —Thomas Jefferson
One of the most enjoyable experiences I have in writing for this website is this article that I write from time to time. I title it “Brain Bullets- To Keep the Cerebral Uzi Cocked and Loaded” because in our daily lives, we often get so busy that we forget some of the greatest wisdom that’s been passed down. We get caught up in our lives, and then we look at other people and instead of fulfilling our moral responsibility to help our neighbors, we would rather pawn that responsibility off onto the government at everybody else’s expense.
We look at failure and think that people ought not fail. At the same time, we look at those more successful than ourselves, and then have the audacity to pat ourselves on the back for not being as greedy as the men who gave us jobs. We criticize large retail outlets, (actually it’s just Wal-mart) and criticize them for hiring elderly people at minimum wage, yet there’s not one among us that would give up their well paying job so that the elderly can work at a decent wage.
Too many of us have a need to feel self importance, that each of us must be a leader and that we are too good to follow. How can one be a leader of others, when he never learned how to follow?
“Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then, be trusted with the government of others?” —Thomas Jefferson
We distrust our fellow man with every aspect of his life, whether it’s driving down the street with a cell phone, or providing lumber for housing. We criticize big corporations for destroying our earth, yet water is safer to drink now than it’s ever been. We ignore the history of global warming, arrogantly believing that we humans are so mighty, so powerful, to destroy something we could never create- the planet. We have people who don’t want us to eat meat, drive cars, have pets, chop down trees, build more energy plants to provide for the growing population, nor eat at a fast food restaurants. And for what? So they could feel good about their selves? So they can wring out a little bit of self worth from their otherwise meaningless life?
We have those that fear war, or rather, fear an American victory. That an aggression based on a very sad day called 9-11 somehow means we are hell bent as a nation for world domination. It’s premised that those who say we either accept their religion or they will kill us for being infidels can be tolerated, and the Christians who don’t threaten to kill us if we don’t convert are the real threats. It’s a thought pattern that’s reasoned with fear, stupidity, or both.
Imagine you will that you have a neighbor that is constantly threatening you. First he slashes your tires, then he kills your cat. Avoiding controversy, you let things go by the wayside, because after all, we should tolerate him and understand his views. Your other neighbors see the problem you’re having with your neighbor and they seem to have a similar problem. Like you, they let things go by the wayside because they didn’t want a controversy in their neighborhood.
“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” —Thomas Jefferson
Finally, he pulls out a gun, shoots up your house, shattering the windows, and narrowly missing your child. This time you realize this can not continue, something must be done. You realize the guy just won’t stop so you call the police.
Next thing you know, the situation gets worse, but you realize doing nothing made the situation worse anyway so it’s better to finish it now, rather than later. A few of your neighbors disagree with you, and instead of standing side by side, they begin to criticize you for rushing to the police and not trying to understand this neighbor that’s a clear threat to the entire neighborhood.
We’ll call those neighbors liberals. (oops, there’s that L word again)
It’s in this way that I’ve seen the majority of the anti war movement. Mind you, not all people who are against our actions over seas are doing it out of cowardice or stupidity. I know a few that have made reasonable arguments against this war, intervention, or even over seas meddling. But their argument is based in a principle that war is justified at times, and that it’s not just for this President.
Not surprisingly, this group that’s against the war is loaded with people that are also for gun control. There’s only two types of people that are for gun control, the conquerers and the conquered. They believe that by passing laws prohibiting certain people (lawbreakers) from owning guns, they suddenly stop breaking the law. But it’s the people that are already willing to obey the law that the laws really affect. We learn from terrorist that one doesn’t even need a gun to kill people when he’s determined. If liberals really believe that guns kill people, why not demand gun control laws be instituted in Iraq?
Fear and stupidity, the Democrat party has long left the words of Franklin Roosevelt who was quoted as saying “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”