Humble Rants 23 July 2014

Posted Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Opinion

Humble Rants 23 July 2014

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

A curse upon the Encyclopedia Britannica. In it one reads things that one does not need to know. This morning it opened to page 523 deep into English History where I read the words of an English judge who in 1793 ruled that:

“A government in every country should be just like corporation; and in this country, it is made up of the landed interest, which alone has a right to be represented; as for the rabble, who have nothing but personal property what hold has the nation of them?” 

Have the ways of looking at things changed there or here since 1793?

We hear well-paid talk show demagogues urging us to “get back to the Constitution.”

Ask yourself how often the host reminds the “rabble” in his audience that the Constitution was written by a crowd of well-heeled men, many of whom had slaves, took for granted 14-hour work days for 12-year-old children, and would have been shocked should it be suggested that a woman --- or a man without property --- be permitted to vote?

These talk show hosts certainly know what they are doing when they suggest that we “get back to the Constitution” because is not the good old United States of the 1790’s what the speaker and his wealthy sponsors are yearning for?

And the Bill of Rights? The landed gentry wanted to make darn sure that should there be an uprising of “rabble” looking for better wages, a local militia (today hired guns are called mercenaries) could quickly be summoned that would soon put the “rabble” back in its place.

Is anyone who wears a T-shirt advertising their support for the Second Amendment saying any more than, “I will use my gun to support the Constitution-loving folks who have convinced me that I should not earn more than $7 an hour and that I do not need social security or health insurance." 

The lesson might be: “Don’t read T-shirts or history.” You will find very little about the world’s political and economic past or present that is comforting.

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