With all the enemies of the United States, there is one group that is as dangerous than all the others, if not more…and they don’t even know it.
It is the lazy, apathetic, easily led American citizen.
Let me give you an example.
I know a man who can tell me all about Nebraska Cornhusker Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh’s greatest hits, but he doesn’t know who Harry Reid is or what he’s doing with his health care.
I don’t think he even knows who Ben Nelson is, let alone know about the Cornhusker Kickback.
Not only doesn’t he know it, he doesn’t care.
This guy is one of the biggest problems in America. He thinks it’s strange that I find his apathy problematic.
Often, when you challenge one of these types of people to start thinking about politics, they will tell you, “It doesn’t matter anyway. They are all crooks.”
That is a cop-out. It’s an excuse to be lazy. But it is easier, and so they focus on football stats rather than their liberties. Don’t get me wrong. There’s room for both, but the willful ignorance of politics by such a large portion of the population is very dangerous.
These are the people the internal enemies of liberty rely on. It is the intellectual laziness that allows the left to smear the right as racists or “fat cats.” It also allows the left to dangle new entitlements in front of them like a carrot to a mule, leading them further across the Bridge to Dependence.
This laziness leads to disturbing trends in thinking regarding freedom.
For example, a recent survey of Americans show how important certain rights are to them. And when I say “important,” I mean they were asked, “Is it essential that Americans have [INSERT RIGHT], important but not essential, or not that important?”
Here’s how Americans answered. Americans that felt the right was essential is in red, essential but not important in teal and not that important in black:
Only seventy percent of Americans find the right to speak freely about whatever you want to be an essential right. Only 84 percent find the right to a fair trial essential. Now look at this one:
Without the Second Amendment, what guarantees the others? The goodness of our Congress? The self control of the Federal government? Nothing does. Yet 55 percent of Americans don’t think it essential that we have a right to defend ourselves from threats, be it a burglar or a government.
Too many Americans are fat and happy and don’t understand how easy it would be to lose it all. To them, it’s too much trouble to care. And why should they? They are free enough.
For an American to say they don’t care about politics is like a drowning man to say he doesn’t care about water. Yet I have a hard time finding people who willingly discuss what our government is doing. It’s infuriating.
So what do we do about them? I try to engage them, but their apathy makes me livid. I really don’t know how to shake a person out of their bubble.
I’d love to hear your ideas or stories. Leave them in the comments section.
Oh, and you can read the whole survey the charts came from here.