Much has been written and said about Jonathan Gruber and his observation that the American voting public is “stupid.” Here is a quote from Representative Jim Jordan contained in a piece in townhall.com by Katie Pavlich, Coming Soon: Gruber under Oath in Front of Congress.
“He used taxpayer money to lie to tax payers and when it was all over he made fun of them. Of course he needs to come in front of a congressional committee and answer our tough questions about what he did, where all of the money went to. Lets [sic] hope that happens, there’s a timing to it, but lets [sic] hope it happens and I think it will,” Jordan said. “He was the man, the American people know he’s the man. He lied to the American people using their tax dollars to do so, of course he needs to answer our questions.”
Well, we are stupid, but who wouldn’t be stupid under these conditions? We have been lied to. Our money has been taken and given to someone to plot how best to lie to us. The liar schemed with those in authority to perpetrate the lie. And the media, those who have been given freedom of the press to report on such schemes, either failed to report the liar’s public displays of ridicule or actively hid it.
Yes, we are stupid, but we can learn. In order to do so, we have to remember the scope of the problem. The real problem is not Gruber. If there was no market for his services, Gruber would have nothing to contribute. Unfortunately, there is a big market for his services, the market is the federal government. It starts with the President of the United States. It includes the Congress. And it implicates the media. If we are going to indict Gruber, we must indict everyone who took advantage of his services to make us stupid. And they did make us stupid.
But let’s consider our options for educating ourselves and restraining them in their efforts to make us stupid. First, we must take away their money. Our millions for their disinformation machine must end. Second, we must muzzle the purveyors of disinformation. Campaign finance limits are often imposed on private citizens to prevent them from having an undue influence on elections. It’s time that practice is turned around. It’s time to deny political candidates the right to use the television airwaves. Let them interact with their voters in the manner they did a century ago, by actually meeting them. It time we limit the lies they can spew. Military officers are expected to give up certain free speech rights when they serve in the armed forces. We should expect no less of our national leaders. Third, consider what other areas of our governance these liars are controlling: science, technology, education, basic social security services, immigration, even our very national defense. It is time to take most of these away from them. Fourth, the states must act to reclaim their authority and to challenge the lies coming from Washington, D.C. Remember the words of our Declaration of Independence. “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness], it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” This government must be altered by imposing some restraint on it from the states.
Thomas Jefferson said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.” Apparently, our government is big enough to take away our intelligence. This must change.