Mail Thinks This Message Is Junk Mail

Jul 4, 2013 by

A legitimate political revolution is not one power structure renouncing political allegiance and rising in opposition by force to the current power structure and taking control.  Revolts are the replacement of one controlling power structure for example, religion, economics, a singular personal interest, or any other competing leadership, for another. A legitimate political revolution is motivated by reason, compelling action for radical change replacing governments founded for the purpose of controlling the governed for governments based on competing thoughts to best discern the principles of good government. Thomas Jefferson in a letter to Roger C. Weightman on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence believed that any revolution that did not “burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves” was not a legitimate revolution (see July 4th Inspiration Of The Week). Only legitimate governments are born of principles and continue to be dedicated to those principles by protecting the right to free exchange of thoughts aimed at excellence in achieving those principles. The revolution we celebrate on July 4th is based on the principles that our equality as humans originates from our identical creation, and that our rights, “among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness,” come from God (Declaration of Independence). The nature of these principles supports the competition of thought. The construction of  “Free and Independent States” created the framework for competition of thought to flourish (Declaration of Independence). Therefore, it is likely that those that gain political power can, and want to exchange competing thoughts. The history the United States is flowing with examples of political speech dedicated to competing thoughts to best discern good government, for example, the Federalist and Anti-Federalist writings at the time of the Constitutional Convention, the Thomas Jefferson and John Adams correspondences, and the Lincoln Douglas Debates.

The First Amendment to the Constitution contains a clause guaranteeing free speech. The exercise of free speech naturally ends in the competition of thought. The most important expression of First Amendment rights is to argue against the government’s policies and leaders. Recently, my congressional representative emailed me an invitation to a forum where I can “ask questions, comment on events he holds or express my views”.  Something very important was missing from this most gracious invitation. I am sure it was an innocent oversight by the staff member who wrote it. Where was the invitation to argue against the government’s policies and leaders? Where was the competition of thought? Where was the dialogue to best discern the principles of good government? Commenting on events for what purpose? Asking question and expressing views sounds good, but to what ends?  The ends, as stated in one of the last sentences, was to use social media to remain informed about what he was working on in Washington, not for a discussion on what he should be working on. If I am wrong, I most sincerely apologize. If I am correct, it is evidence that supports my long-standing accretion that the political community has an aversion to candid discussion, and is unwilling to adopt ideas other than their own, even if they are reasonable.

I must have a very intelligent computer. When I opened the email at the top appeared these prophetic words “Mail Thinks This Message Is Junk Mail”.  Draw your own conclusions.




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