Thursday, August 27, 2009

Why

Who would have thought it? How could this have come to pass? When did such a tiny little word gain so much power. It's only 3 letters long, just one syllable. It can be spoken out loud in front of your Sainted Grandmother without risk of causing offence. Yet it has the power to make even the President stutter and pause. Congressmen run in fear of it or defend against it with evasion and personal attacks. How has this little word become our greatest weapon?

As a child, you probably used it a lot. More than likely it was one of your first questions. If a child can use it, just how dangerous can it be? It's hard to use it in anger. You can cry it to the heavens in rage, but at someone, it's more with disappointment than anything else if there's any emotion attached to it. Today though, spoken in the right venue it can do more damage than a nuke.

There has to be a reason that the word is feared in Washington. Is it that they just don't know and are afraid of appearing foolish? Could it be just that the mere suggestion that they have to answer is offensive to them? Is there a chance that they know that we just wouldn't like the answer. I think it's mostly the latter.

Thomas Jefferson said "Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny." He was right. When asking "why" can cause you to be called an "Extremest", aren't we on the edge of tyranny?

Question everything coming out of Washington. Believe nothing told you without confirmation. Voltaire said, "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities". Use the weapons we have at our disposal. The truth, the Constitution and most importantly, ask why.

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