Ignorance is a symbol of all the things which are oblivious to us and which we ignore. As American citizens we have the privilege of voting for the people who represent us in the halls of government. We vote usually along “party” lines and seldom seek knowledge beyond their catch phrases or sound bites.
Davy Crockett is known by most American’s as a pioneer, a soldier, Indian scout, and defender of the Alamo. What most do not know or have forgotten is that he was also a politician. Between 1827 and 1835 he served in the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Tennessee. Once he told a friend about when he met up with the Constitution of the United States and received a real “sockdolager” that caused him to ask some questions every American should contemplate for themselves.
According to the dictionary a “sockdolager” is a heavy or knockout blow, a thing that settles a matter and something that our society needs right now. Can people have knowledge of the Constitution, but no understanding? Can they be honest and not wise? Even though they are successful in other endeavors and provide service to family, church, and community, can they be totally ignorant of the principles of good and sound government?
Our Constitution, the supreme law of our land, has been under attack for 50 years. Each administration from FDR to Barak Obama, Democrat and Republican, has determined they understood and knew more about the Constitution than those who founded it and established our Republic. Most American’s do not even know we live in a Republic not a Democracy and could not even tell you the difference between the two, including most of those who place their hand on the Bible and swear an oath to support and defend it against both foreign and domestic enemies. At this moment in time we are witnessing the most flagrant and unbridled attempt at overthrowing the Constitution, destroying our rights, and eliminating our freedom. The “summer soldier and the sunshine patriot” cower in fear. Hitler’s henchman, Joseph Goebbels said, “the bigger the lie, the more people will believe it” and we have been told a whopper. The lie is believed because of ignorance on the part of the American and their willingness to place their lives and destiny into the hands of so-called “experts” instead of taking responsibility for themselves and their families. They are giving up their freedom for a false promise of security.
J. Reuben Clark former Undersecretary of State for the U.S. under President Coolidge said “I have been preaching against Communism for twenty years. I still warn you against it, and I tell you that we are drifting toward it more rapidly than some of us understand, and I tell you that when Communism comes the ownership of the things which are necessary to feed your families is going to be taken away from us. I tell you freedom of speech will go, freedom of the press will go, and freedom of religion will go. I have warned you against propaganda and hate. We are in the midst of the greatest exhibition of propaganda that the world has ever seen. Just do not believe all you read or hear. The elect are being deceived…I say to you that the price of liberty is and always has been blood, human blood, and if our liberties are lost, we shall never regain them except at the price of blood. They must not be lost!”
The most dangerous power given to government is the power of collecting and disbursing money at pleasure. It isn’t the amount as much as the principle. The public treasury should contain no more than enough funds for its legitimate purposes. While contributing to relieve one,
… we stand in danger of losing our liberties, and that once lost, only blood will bring them back; and we of this church will, in order to keep the Church going forward, have more sacrifices to make, and more persecutions to endure than we have yet known. If the conspiracy comes here it will probably come in its full vigor and there will be a lot of vacant places among those who guide and direct, not only this government, but also this Church of ours. [CR Apr 1944 & 1952]