Wednesday, September 23, 2020

On the perils of not knowing...........................

John Adams warned us about this when he said democracy couldn’t work if people weren’t paying attention: “A frequent recurrence to the fundamental principles of the Constitution, and a constant adherence to those of piety, justice, moderation, temperance, industry, and frugality, are absolutely necessary to preserve the advantages of liberty, and to maintain a free government,” Adams said, adding, “this crap carnival is gonna get outta hand if voters don’t know anything.” At least I feel he said that, and feelings must be at least as important as facts. That’s in the Ninth Amendment, I’m pretty sure.

-Kyle Smith, from this article about the worrisome tendency of people not knowing things

Ed. Note:  The ninth amendment:  The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

The Founders did not like to waste words.

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