Nemo me impune lacessit

No one provokes me with impunity


No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Friday, December 31, 2010

Our "Political Elite": Ezra Klein Edition

Those people who are our erstwhile "political elite" are often touted as being some of the best educated among us.  What's been discussed quite often lately is that these men and women aren't "educated" but are "credentialed."  What's meant by that is that they have the papers saying they are qualified, but really just don't have the knowledge that should be behind those little pieces of paper.  Here's a video that shows just that. 

Ezra Klein, works for the Washington Post, a newspaper that's often cited as one of the most influential news dailies in the country.  But as this video shows, this 26 year old political science major, who graduated from UCLA in 2007, you'd think that he'd actually know something about the Constitution...he doesn't have a clue.

"The Constitution is confusing because it was written more than a hundred years ago..."
And he's a "political scientist."?  That's what wrong, far too many of those who putatively believe they have the right to lead us, We The People, just don't have a clear understanding of our shared American history or the meaning behind the founding documents, The Declaration of Independence, the US Constutition...or the Federalist Papers.  Neo-Neocon says this,
"..MSM journalistic circles? I’m not just wondering because I disagree with his viewpoints. I’m wondering because I’ve noticed this trend towards extreme youth in journalism for quite some time, and consider it a very bad development.

It’s not that young people can’t write; they can. But their knowledge base is ordinarily composed of a roughly equal mix of youthful zeal, hubris, and ignorance, along with the book learning they’ve picked up in college. Except for some very rare cases (and I have no reason to believe that Klein is among them), their real-life experience—their hard-gained wisdom, you might say—is virtually nil."
But that seems to be pretty much what ALL of the "political elites" are like...a very thin educational resume...and they jump immediately into "government service" or "journalism."  They've no real experience in business meeting a payroll or more importantly in the military.  Just why do they consider themselves our "elite" is well beyond me.  Like Sarah Palin, I went to a state university and took a hell of a long time to finish because I paid for it myself, going only when I could afford to pay.

It's people like Klein who want  to be "movers & shakers" but really just don't have a clue...and that worries me.  These people want to run things but haven't a clue. It's time we start getting people who have real experience, who have actually done things accomplished concrete goals into Congress and our state legislatures, because if we continue the way we are, we'll have given away all of our freedoms and not have any idea where they went...

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