Posted By David Bozarth on January 26, 2012
Daily, in this heightened political environment, we are bombarded with political adds, interviews with politicians and commentaries by media analysts who are more impressed with their own intelligence than the value of those commentaries express. You know what I’m talking about. When you meet a politician they almost immediately begin the recital of their mantra. The efforts of the politicians to win our support, and our votes are filled with catch phrases and buzz words they hope will convince us of the knowledge and the their worthiness to receive our votes.
For our part, we pick up those catch phrases and buzz words, repeating them in our grassroots organization meetings and when we talk among ourselves. The problems arise when someone confronts us to explain our meanings behind these buzz words. More often than not we have nothing with which to reply, or our responses are simply pat answers we repeat with no true understanding of the subject matter we so proudly espoused only moments earlier.
We hear phrases like, “limited government,” “the principles of the founding fathers,” “Reagan conservative,” “Second Amendment right to bear arms,” “First Amendment right of freedom of speech” or “religion”; buzz words similar to “Constitutional,” “conservative” and “experience” all often fall lifeless to the floor at the first challenge. How often have you declared that you want the government to return to true Constitutional principles, or this (whatever “this” might be) violates the Constitution? Then when someone asked you to describe “true” Constitutional principles, or how, and where “this” violates the Constitution, you couldn’t answer them?
This past weekend I went to a gun show here in Jacksonville. One of the tables at the show was occupied by a gentleman conducting a petition signing campaign to get his name added to the ballot as a candidate for Circuit Court Judge. Before I would sign his petition I asked his position on the Constitution. He gave the standard “lifeless” reply that he believed in “the principles of the founding fathers.” That “there are three branches of government and it is not the position of the judicial to legislate.” So, I pressed him a bit further. “Here we are in a gun show, do I have a Second Amendment right to bear arms?” I asked. “Yes.” But when I responded with, “No, I don’t.” He looked puzzled. I pressed further, “What does the Second Amendment say?” His reply shocked me, “Well, it has been a while since I read the Constitution.” What?!?
He did eventually get close to quoting the Second Amendment. He had never, like most of you, read the Preamble to the Bill of Rights, and thus had no clue as to the purpose of the Bill of Rights. His knowledge was similar to yours, limited, and thus unable to discuss intelligently the full impact of the words he was using in an attempt to secure support and votes. A similar conversation occurred a few short yards later at the table of the First Coast Tea Party. (The are around Jacksonville is often referred to as “The First Coast” I am discovering.)
Let me provide an example of how many members of the Tea Parties and 9-12 groups converse using these powerless buzz words.
When I wish to use a firearm in self-defense, or the defense of another, I must make sure I have the proper ammunition for the task. Not only must the ammunition be the right caliber for my weapon, but it must also have the proper bullet AND an adequate load of powder. Most people today, Tea Partiers, 9-12′ers and politicians, are like a cartridge of the proper caliber but lacking the correct amount of powder. When the weapon is fired, it sounds like it worked, but the projectile barely had enough energy to transit the barrel and almost immediately after leaving the muzzle it falls to the ground far short of the intended target.
Do you want to become effective in debates? Have your words and arguments have force, authority and true meaning? Then you are going to have to surround yourself with like minded individuals, study, research and read OLD books and documents; and by old I mean those published prior to the Civil War. Then you need to listen to men and women who can back up what they say with facts, hard, established, verifiable historic facts.
A good start is by using this website as a resource, recommending it to others, and scheduling speaking engagements and teaching sessions with me. I know it sounds a bit arrogant, but I will help you gain understandings of American and Constitutional history you’ll hear nowhere else. I’ll provide you with the meanings, and force of the buzz words you may be using, but have no way of knowing exactly what they mean.
I hope to hear from you, soon.