2016 Elections: Ignorance is a Choice.

Dr. Martin Luther King decried willful ignorance: “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.


Ronald Reagan placed the spotlight on progressives, saying, “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.

Mr. Carvin, my ninth-grade English teacher daily posted wise sayings on the far right-hand side of his chalkboard. I remember best one saying he attributed to Confucious:

“He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool – shun him.

He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is a child – teach him.

He who knows, and knows that he knows, is a wise man – follow him.”

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution identifies five freedoms, five natural rights. Do you know them?

1 – Freedom of Religion: This is not a ‘freedom of worship’. This is the freedom to live out your religion publicly and privately.
2 – Freedom of Speech: We have no natural right to slander one another. This freedom is our natural right to speak out against a faulty government.
3 – Freedom of the Press: Unlike the second freedom above, this natural right facilitates diffusion of sentiments among the people to shame corrupt government officials or agencies.
4 – Freedom to Assemble Peaceably, also called Freedom of Association: We have the natural right to be with others to peaceably address grievances or complaints against government wrongdoing. We have no right to destroy the property of others or to disrupt the lives of others while assembled, the definition of a mob.
5 – Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances: Self-explanatory – sign petitions, write or call your congressman, etc.

I say the above and that which follows to encourage my fellow Americans to be intentionally well-informed before going to the polls.

I see in Holy Scripture an ancient prophecy about our times. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

Such is the phenomenon of score cards that lend the appearance of a ‘quick start guide’, but most often virtual puppet strings pulled by a special interest group .

Today we cast ballots in the runoff elections; in November, we make choices that will shape the future of our nation for all time.

Google is a good research tool. Libraries, also. My number one choice for research is prayer. As it is written, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.

What is truth? The truth is the way things really are. Will you succumb to score cards or will you follow the example of the Bereans? The Bereans “were more willing to understand” what they were hearing than the larger body of their fellow citizens; the Bereans researched “to see if those things were true“.

Choose wisely, my friends.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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