It has been said, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”.
This line came to mind while I was recently listening to an audio book on philosophy (“The Story of Philosophy” by Will Durant) where Plato (~428-348 BC) was quoted as saying that, in a Democracy,
“to get a doctrine accepted or rejected it is necessary only to have it praised or ridiculed in a popular play.”
Now, enter a recent story talking about how a PR firm has been hired with your tax dollars and with their plan being to put pro Obamacare storylines on popular TV shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Modern Family.”
In over 2,000 years, how little has really changed when it comes to the nature and minds of people. What hope do we have when a large portion of the populace is so easily swayed by the views advanced by popular entertainment?
I ask you to pledge to be a well informed and educated voter, and to help inform and educate others where you can. Subscribe to your local Tea Party and/or other Liberty groups’ email distributions, such as Ohio Liberty Coalition, Americans For Prosperity, Tea Party Patriots, etc. and read the Constitution, the founding fathers biographies, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist papers… anything you can. And, if you’re like me and don’t have as much reading time as you’d like, make better use of your commutes with audio books.
A quote from Jefferson also comes to mind;
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”