Read the whole thing, please.
- The dire warnings of Jefferson, Franklin, Adams and other luminaries about the necessity of a specific culture and education level to maintain a constitutional republic largely fell on deaf ears.
- Populations who can support nearly all of the responsibilities historically delegated to governments, such as infrastructure, economic and social safety nets, and dispute resolution require the median citizenry (50th percentile) to operate at a higher function of both intelligence and self-regulation.
- “The U.S. ranked 16th out of 23 countries in literacy proficiency, 21st in numeracy proficiency, and 14th in problem solving in technology-rich environments, according to the OECD survey.²” In terms of strictly literacy, “50% of adults cannot read a book written at an eighth grade level, 45 million are functionally illiterate and read below a 5th grade level, 44% of the American adults do not read a book in a year, 6 out of 10 households do not buy a single book in a year.³” The Flesch-Kinkaid scale ranks the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence at a 17.8 and 15.1 grade level, respectively. (emphasis added)
- The populace has largely lost the ability to delay gratification for future growth, voluntarily place the benefit of the community or household over personal gratification and actively engages in persecution of deviation from the mean, providing a disincentive to excel in any meaningful field of work. In simple terms, the American populace has devolved to a point below which the original design of a constitutional republic can function. (emphasis added)
- As you may note, a high level of intelligence without a moral bulwark results in sociopathic behavior. An amoral society cannot be a free society. (emphasis added)
- Maintaining a free society absolutely requires a significant level of cultural investment and the passing on of similar values to succeeding generations to prevent devolution or a complete crash to statism or tribalism. Conversely, cultural values and morality have little place and virtually no influence in highly regulated societies.
So, you only have time for situational comedies in the evening? No time to read, or teach your children to read better (that means having them read aloud to you or an older sibling)? No time to teach them about our unvarnished history as a nation? No time to check their ability to spell, write cursively, speak on a subject at their grade level? Describe the geography of the region you live in?
IF this is you, congratulations: You ARE the problem.
Idiocracy has arrived, and it’s the weapon being used to murder the last vestiges of liberty.
Don’t buy it? Here’s a challenge for you. On Amazon, right now, you can get a book written in 1954 by Paul M. Angle called, “By These Words” for less than five dollars, shipped. Here’s the description: “From the simple, two-paragraph Mayflower Compact drawn up by the Pilgrims in 1620 to the stirring Inaugural Address delivered by President Eisenhower in 1953, “By These Words” presents and interprets the vital writing and speeches which have marked more than three centuries of American thought and progress. Each documant is printed in full with an accompanying chapter placing it in the context of the time in which it was written.”
Get it here.
If you get through that, try this one: ‘The Theme Is Freedom,’ by M. Stanton Evans. Less than seven dollars. Link here.
Now, you’ve spent less that thirteen dollars for the challenge. Read them both, or just one for that matter, so you know what’s in the book. Give it to your adolescent off-spring to read. IF they read it, bonus points. I’m betting that the typical ‘young adult’ won’t bother, and will go back to their ear buds, MP3, and/or social media while disrespectfully rolling their eyes.
Good luck. This is where we’re headed at break neck speed.