Ah, the smell of politics is in the air this Christmas season. Indeed, the now-infamous Sen. Trent Lott doesn’t appear to be having a very merry Christmas, and I’m sure he’s sick of hearing about his so-called connection to the Ku Klux Klan.
We need not repeat his remarks, as it would be redundant – you can watch Lott 24-7 on cable news, which is why I was reminded this week that Lott is sick of it. I’m sick of it. The teleprompter readers are sick of it. And the rest of the sane world is sick of it. So don’t write about it, right? Wrong.
I am compelled to pick up a theme from last week’s Veritas: The end result of democracy is an economically unfeasible government, not to mention immoral.
The reason such a topic is relevant is because our republic is, unarguably, slipping into the pit of democracy. Democracy, it seems, reaches far beyond the issues of economic instability and enters into the world of the credulity of the American people (as well as many other troubles). After hearing the nonsense coming out the news media this week, I’m sure you can think of a few examples.
All across the elitism of America, the liberal newsmakers hailed Sen. Lott as a racist segregationist. Lott was crucified upon the altar of politics (and it’s about time, considering his stupid blunders). However, the amazing thing was the vast, national, political reaction to such an insignificant comment.
This shows the credulity of Americans, people caught up with the rhetoric instead of the reality or intent of what Lott actually said.
Because of the fact that all this politicking has gone on, Trent Lott has lost most, if not all, of the integrity of his Senate majority leader seat. Taking into consideration that the PR from the GOP doesn’t seem to be going well, Lott probably has lost the seat itself.
Article 1, Section 3 of the Constitution mandates the election of senators not by the people, but by the state legislatures – although later repealed by the 17th Amendment.
Last week, I brought up a quote from Constitutional Convention delegate Roger Sherman: “The people, immediately, should have as little to do as may be about the government. They want information, and are constantly liable to be misled.” In essence, the founders weren’t hot on the idea of people having a huge role in government, since the framers knew their plan and corruption was not in it. These days, I doubt such a thing would work when you reflect upon the corruption in government, but it has only become this way on account of democracy invading America.
Sherman was right, of course, when he talked about the people being susceptible to misleading politicians. It happens every day, and it happened this week with Trent Lott.
The people can be misled to abuse government and misled to support the careers of corrupt politicians. Conservatives scratch and shake their heads when they wonder how in the world Bill Clinton got reelected. I remember my old next-door neighbor told me in 1996 that he was voting for Clinton because he looked like a “nice” guy and Bob Dole was a mean old man.
The reason conservatives are failing is because they must follow these steps: Get one interested enough to listen, educate him about individual responsibility and the like, give him a reason to educate himself and give him a reason to become involved.
All liberals have to do is give government handouts – bribery for votes. Therefore, people simply do not want to become involved (it takes too much time and energy).
These days, the popular term to assign such people is “sheeple.” They follow the most charismatic leader and take them at their face value. Yet, charisma is not intended to rule the nation, principle is.
I honestly feel sorry for Trent Lott; he is a victim of democracy.