Famously uttered by John Adams in his defense of the British soldiers who participated in the Boston Massacre the entire quote admonishes that “Facts are stubborn things, and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” I would say that this remains an exceedingly sound admonishment for ourselves and our progeny. I wonder, however, if we truly understand the profound nature of the observation as it pertains to our lives as well as the situation in our nation and the world around us. I believe that far too many of our children and our countrymen have lost their grip on the boundaries of reality. We seem to have become very much a society ruled by the “dictates of our passions” even in the face of facts to the contrary. Our nation follows passion at the expense of truth plunging further and further down the road to destruction and doing so with wild abandon.
Our leaders tell us that a major part of the American dream is home ownership. Those leaders then instruct financial institutions to grant loans to borrowers regardless of their actual creditworthiness. This, they tell us, is necessary to insure an equal share in the American dream for all members of society. People pick up the cry and let us know that they are passionate about this issue and agree that we must do this because for far too long these deserving contributors to our nation have been denied their just reward. The people granting the loans, our leaders and many of us know that this is a bad idea but passion prevails and voila you’ve got yourself a massive real estate bubble that our leaders blame on private industry. There is no doubt in my mind that the banks and the loan institutions share blame in this but how can we blame them wholly when it is their regulatory overlords who required that the loans be made in the first place?
Passion 1 – Common Sense 0!
Our forefathers were educated in one room buildings and small schools with no computers and limited resources. Despite these supposed handicaps they routinely completed their primary education in their mid-teens with knowledge of classical literature, important historical documents such as the Magna Carta and Hammurabi’s code as well as the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and more. Our forefathers were well versed in the Bible and a variety of socially and spiritually important texts as well as a strong awareness of the happenings of the time. Even without the internet, Facebook, common core and endless government funds our ancestors knew what was happening in their town, their state and their nation. Today we are routinely chastised for not putting enough investment (read taxes) into our schools and our students (read teachers unions). The United States of America spends in excess of $10,000.00 per child on an annual basis for education. We are paying exorbitant sums of money to our education system and continually getting less for our children and their future. This is an extremely passionate issue that pulls on everyone’s heart strings because “it’s for the children”. As with other issues we buy the claims of our leaders who remind us ad nauseam that we only need to put more money into our children’s education to achieve the desired results. Every piece of evidence worth viewing tells us that the simple truth is that the amount of money we spend has neither a corollary nor a causal relationship to the quality of our children’s education. Still, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary we continue to dodge the truth and let passion win the day. Our nation gets poorer, our children remain ignorant, our young adults get indoctrinated and our liberty slides further down the path to oblivion.
Passion 2 – Common Sense 0!
I cannot hope to enumerate all of the asinine propositions we continually fall prey to in the guise of fairness, social justice, equality and saving our children. We buy it every time and not once do we make the pathetic liars that propagate the lies pay for their pathological insincerity. From Climate change to government control of our air, water, soil, forests, minerals, animals, oceans, beaches, parks and on and on and…
Passion Wins with a shutout!
My friends if we can’t bring ourselves to vote the unresponsive, pocket stuffing fat cats out of office and we can’t shut down government programs then we are truly doomed. We cannot select the same leadership year after year and experience continued failure without at some point blaming ourselves and our selected leaders for the failure.
As Mr. Adams said “facts are stubborn things”!