Ross: I’ve Had My Fill of Stupidity

There is this saying that I see from time to time which says, “You can’t fix stupid; not even with duct tape and a hammer.” It’s meant to be humorous, but if you want my honest opinion, there is a lot of truth to that statement. A couple nights ago someone at work asked me why I waste so much time studying and discussing history and politics. I think it was due to their belief that it is a ‘waste’ of time to study these subjects that led me to reply with, “To compensate for your ignorance.”

One of the definitions you will find for the word stupid states: having or showing a great lack of intelligence or common sense. And what is intelligence if it is not the acquirement of knowledge and skills? I think it is stupid to go through life thinking that your beliefs are absolutely correct, and that anyone with a differing belief is wrong…end of story.

I have been proven wrong numerous times, and I have changed my beliefs according to the facts presented me. I think it is the mark of a person’s character how open they are to ideas and beliefs which contradict their existing beliefs. I also think that there aren’t that many people who are willing to do that. I think that, for many people, their beliefs define them and give them purpose in life; and to question those beliefs is simply too traumatizing to their psyche.

I have a Tee Shirt that I frequently wear to work which states, “Of course your opinion matters. Just not to me.” I do not deal in opinions, I deal in facts, and I refuse to engage in discussions or debates with people whose beliefs are unsubstantiated by facts and evidence. If a person continues to hold a belief when the facts clearly prove that their position is faulty, then that is the living embodiment of stupidity; at least as far as I’m concerned.

I am perfectly willing to engage in discussions with people who provide facts to back up their positions; even if I disagree with those positions. I am also perfectly willing to change my beliefs if the person I am debating with provides enough evidence to convince me that my position is incorrect. However, I simply refuse to waste another moment of my time arguing with people who come unarmed to a debate and resort to calling me names like, sexist, racist, homophobic, or any of the other insults the weak minded and politically correct care to hurl at me.

A year or so ago someone at work told me that the Confederate Battle Flag was a racist symbol and that the North fought a righteous war to end the evil practice of human beings owning other human beings as slaves. That evening I printed out the following quotes and took them to work and handed them to the person who said this and told them to read them and then tell me that the Civil War was about ending slavery. I’ll provide the quotes, and then after you read them, tell you what transpired next.

Samuel G. Alschuler/Library of Congress

On August 22, 1862 Abraham Lincoln penned a letter to the editor of the New York Tribune, Horace Greeley, in which he stated, “I would save the Union. I would save it the shortest way under the Constitution. The sooner the national authority can be restored; the nearer the Union will be “the Union as it was.” If there be those who would not save the Union, unless they could at the same time save slavery, I do not agree with them. If there be those who would not save the Union unless they could at the same time destroy slavery, I do not agree with them. My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union.”

Four years prior to that, while debating Steven Douglas for the presidency, Lincoln made the following comments to an audience at Charleston, Illinois, “While I was at the hotel to-day, an elderly gentleman called upon me to know whether I was really in favor of producing a perfect equality between the negroes and white people. [Great Laughter.] While I had not proposed to myself on this occasion to say much on that subject, yet as the question was asked me I thought I would occupy perhaps five minutes in saying something in regard to it. I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, [applause]-that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race.”

Before you get all offended, as the person I gave these quotes to did, remember that these are Lincoln’s words and Lincoln’s thoughts, not mine. These are merely historical facts which we have not been taught in regards to the period known as the Civil War. However, because we have not been taught these things, we have grown up believing an alternate version of reality regarding why the Civil War was fought. Instead of people knowing that it was, in truth, a second war for independence from a tyrannical government, people have grown up believing that it was a war fought to end slavery.

The ending of slavery may have been a consequence of the Civil War, but it was NOT why it was fought. The Civil War was fought because the government of the United States refused to allow any state, or group of states to sever the ties which bound them to that government. Had Lincoln simply let them go in peace there would have been no war. If you cannot see that, then you prove that you are unwilling to accept the truth when it is presented to you. And if you ask me, that’s just plain stupid.

But this is not about the Civil War, it is about people’s refusal to accept facts that contradict their beliefs, and therefore is not limited to simply one instance or period of American history. It absolutely boggles my mind that anyone who considers themselves to be of any intelligence can continue to support our government in its current state. No matter how hard I try, I simply seem unable to get people to see that the government they continue to support has become tyrannical and oppressive. No matter how many quotes I provide from those who actually participated in establishing this form of government I have been unable to get people to accept that their government has exceeded the authority originally granted it.

As an example I would like to provide 3 quotes from James Madison, who is considered as the Father of the Constitution, which show how he felt in regards to the powers given government, and those which were reserved to the States.

James Madison

In Federalist 45 Madison states, “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former will be exercised principally on external objects, as war, peace, negotiation, and foreign commerce; with which last the power of taxation will, for the most part, be connected.

The powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the State.”

In a speech to the Ratification Assembly in Virginia, Madison states, “[T]he powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction.”

Years after he had served as our nation’s fourth president, Madison wrote in a letter to James Robertson, “With respect to the two words “general welfare,” I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character which there is a host of proofs was not contemplated by its creators.”

A thinking person would say, “Gee, it seems that the powers our government was supposed to exercise on our behalf are limited. I guess it would be prudent to go find out what they are so that they don’t abuse or overstep those powers.” But is that what happens? Hell no! People continue to vote along party lines because their opinion is that THEIR PARTY has the best vision for the future of America, and to hell with the constitutional limits upon government!

That’s what gets me the most about these Trump supporters who go around chanting, Make America Great Again; they don’t even realize what it was that made America great the first time.

If you really want to know what made America great it was the government off our backs and out of our wallets, or as Jefferson said in his Inaugural Address, “…a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”

The two party paradigm is a cancer that has been eating away at our free republic since political parties first became players in the political process back in the 1800 election. At first they were divided along the lines of whether to government would exercise only those powers specifically granted it by the Constitution and those who read between the lines and sought to exercise implied powers which greatly expanded the power held by government.

However, as time went by both parties sought to exercise unconstitutional powers; the only difference being who the exercise of those unconstitutional powers benefitted. The Democrats became the party of the working class, the underprivileged, and the social justice warriors. The Republicans became the party of Wall Street and big business. As more time progressed those lines became further blurred; with both parties now representing similar interests and neither of them representing a limited government the likes of which Jefferson promised.

Yet people support their party with the same vigor and enthusiasm they do their favorite football team; and they become angered when anyone seeks to obstruct their candidates from pushing forward their vision of what’s best for America.

I would hope y’all know how typically Republican states are considered to be red states while typically Democratic states are considered to be blue states. Well, this continued flip flopping between red and blue candidates isn’t going to solve anything; not when both parties seek to expand the power exercised by government itself; all for their specific party agenda.

If I were to put two pitchers of Kool Aid on the table, one red, one blue, and put two tablespoons of poison into one and one tablespoon of poison into the other; but not tell you which one had which, would you still drink from either? Why then do you continue to support red, (Republican) candidates or blue, (Democratic) candidates when neither party gives a rats ass about the limits the Constitution imposes upon them; and more importantly the liberty government was instituted to secure for the people?

Yet every election cycle I am assaulted by people who tell me that they are making informed decisions at the polls. I suppose they are if they think that disregarding the law which created government in the first place is what constitutes an informed decision. Otherwise, they are just proving they are insane. After all, didn’t Einstein say that insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results?

Understanding what went wrong with our system of government requires that you first know how it was supposed to operate. If you don’t that you are just wasting your time voting; for both parties will just keep moving us further and further away from the government outlined by the Constitution.

I have a baseball cap I had made up which has this graphic I had sewn into the fabric. When I wear it I often get funny looks from people; as if they either think I’m nuts, or they’re trying to figure out what it means. The graphic is as follows:

And what is informed if it isn’t being in possession of an abundance of facts? That’s why I study, so that I can become better informed; so that I am not led around by the nose by vain and aspiring men who seek to manipulate my emotions and passions, and then discard me and my rights once they get into office.

George Washington once warned of the dangers of factions, or political parties as we call them today. He told us that they would become “… become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

Yet, because people refuse to think, because people refuse to consider opinions which differ from their existing beliefs, they continue to support their political party, and its agenda, because to do otherwise would require that they actually utilize that grey matter between their ears.

And if the unwillingness of some people to think weren’t bad enough, there are those who think that the study of politics, or paying any attention at all to what’s going on in our government is a total waste of time; preferring to spend hours glued to their TV’s, smartphones, or video games.

If you were to ask me to describe the typical mindset of the average voter today in a mathematical equation, I’d have to state it as follows:

Ignorance + Apathy + Complacency = Stupidity

And I’ve simply had enough arguing with stupid people. I should have listened to Mark Twain’s advice, “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

Well I’m done arguing with stupid people. If someone wants to hold a political discussion with me, come armed with facts, or don’t bother coming; for if you come unarmed I will simply walk away. Ben Franklin once said, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” That said, the typical American voter must be counted among the hardest working people on the planet…

March 8, 2017

~ The Author ~
Neal Ross, Student of history, politics, patriot and staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment. Send all comments to:

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4 thoughts on “Ross: I’ve Had My Fill of Stupidity

  1. Mike

    Stupidity is bad, but willful ignorance is worse. Lincoln went to war, we all agree, to PRESERVE the union. And WHY did Southern slave-holding states leave the union? It was entirely ALL ABOUT SLAVERY.

    Perpetrators of the Lost Cause myth—primarily the United Daughters of the Confederacy—successfully spent a hundred years convincing Americans that the South was noble in preserving its way of life, and convinced many people that the war was not about slavery, but about states’ rights, instead. In fact, the South opposed the right of northern states to free their slaves.

    Read their declarations of secession. There, the Southern states emphasized that they left the union because the North was interfering with the Southerners “right” to own slaves. They invoke God’s will, and declare that northern states DO NOT HAVE STATES RIGHTS to free escaped slaves.

    In “A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union,” that state gets quickly to the point:

    “In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.

    “OUR POSITION IS THOROUGHLY IDENTIFIED WITH THE INSTITUTION OF SLAVERY– the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin. That we do not overstate the dangers to our institution, a reference to a few facts will sufficiently prove….”

    TEXAS USES THE BIBLE TO JUSTIFY SLAVERY, and says blacks—inferior and dependent—have no rights, and this enslavement is the will of God.

    With God on the side of slavery, Texas justifies secession in its “Declaration of the Causes which Impel the State of Texas to Secede from the Federal Union.”

    “…In view of these and many other facts, it is meet that our own views should be distinctly proclaimed.

    “We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

    “That in this free government *all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights* [emphasis in the original]; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations;”

    Additionally, the declarations stated that the SOUTH OPPOSED STATES RIGHTS: They said the northern states had no right to set escaped slaves free.

    SOUTH CAROLINA: In its “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union,” explains in detail the history of how free states were unlawfully letting escaped slaves go free, instead of returning them to the South. They wrote:

    “The right of property in slaves was recognized by giving to free persons distinct political rights, by giving them the right to represent, and burthening them with direct taxes for three-fifths of their slaves; by authorizing the importation of slaves for twenty years; and by stipulating for the rendition of fugitives from labor.

    “We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection.”

    This is long. That’s enough. It’s easy to google. Or, just continue to accept the lies of the Lost Cause mythology.

    1. Fergus


      Your ignorance is amazing. You’re trying to tell us that Southerner’s left the Union because of the economic interests of the fewer than 10% who owned slaves? That these men would endure the devastation and hardships of war for the right to own slaves? Really sir that’s rather amazing.

      You’ll also note that six additional states left the Union after Lincoln illegally demanded 75,000 troops to “suppress” their Constitutional right to leave the Union.
      They did not leave because of slavery but because Lincoln demonstrated the tyrant he was.

      Why Constitutional right skippy? Because in order to ratify the Constitution three states demanded and all recognized their demand that for them to ratify the Constitution they had the right to leave the Union at any time for any reason. Lincoln knew this but he didn’t care, what he did care about was the 80% of Federal revenues collected from the South to support Lincoln’s industrial schemes.

      Don’t demonstrate your prejudices and ignorance so blatantly. It marks you either as a graduate of Amherst, Havard Law School or Romper Room. This qualified you as either a lawyer, journalist or abortionist, but then I repeat myself.

  2. fabiano

    Nelson Mandela was the one who started the burning tire necklace around the white man”s neck. I hate the way negroes are having mixed children with white women! What”s wrong with these women??? maybe the big penis attraction???? I can only think of a few negroes like Ben Carson here in our population. Our crimes are mostly committed by negroes and mexicans.


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