Thomas Jefferson, one of the Founding Fathers and primary author of the Declaration of Independence, once stated, "A nation can have liberty or ignorance, but not both." As a nation, the United States of America, has tipped the balance in favor of ignorance and away from liberty in recent years. The last two presidential elections are proof of that fact. I say it is ignorance that has brought us to the brink of tyranny because most voters in this country are not aligned with the Leftist values of Barack Obama, but they are so woefully uninformed and misinformed that they just do not know it.
A good case in point is a caller I heard on a radio talk show Wednesday morning while driving to work. The caller, whose name was Jim, said he voted for Nixon, Reagan and Bush the elder, but left the Republicant party and became a Democrat when Bush the younger was elected President. Jim identified himself as a Conservative, yet he voted for Barack Obama twice and said he would not vote for Sarah Palin or Rand Paul over Hillary Clinton for President.
Jim illustrates the ignorance in this country among voters as to the ideology of individuals as well as political parties. Jim apparently is clueless that Conservatism is based on the founding principles of this country, and instead chooses to align himself with a political party that blatantly disparages those values every chance they get. Evidence of this behavior is in no short supply in recent years, from Nancy Pelosi dismissively asking some one if they were kidding when they questioned whether or not ObamaCare was constitutional, to President Obama calling the Constitution of the United States a "charter of negative rights." Throw in Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg saying that she would not recommend the U.S. Constitution as a model for developing countries to emulate, and you have Jim's political party that is proud of its anti-Americanism.
I think Jim's ignorance, along with all those lemmings which form their political opinions watching Good Morning America as well as the other sludge dispensed daily by the propaganda arm of the Democrat party known as the main stream media, is the result of a lack of critical thinking skills. How many people for instance, even on the right, believe that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house. This myth is illustrative of the mindless reliance that people like Jim have on media. For the record, it was Tina Faye, mocking Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live, who made that statement. The Founding Fathers always knew that continued liberty depended upon an educated and informed public. That was the reason they made free speech such a prominent part of the Constitution. But everyday in this country, people like Jim, choose not to execute their right of free speech by choosing ignorance over liberty. And this kind of ignorance is the executioner of liberty and the harbinger of tyranny.