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Dialectic Intervention

To Liberty Lovers:

What is a Constitution? A Constitution reflects how a People choose to arrange its Politics. What is Politics? Politics is Greek from "of, for, or relating to Citizens." Who may be Citizens?

Politics is sometimes referred to as the art or science of influencing people, either on a civic, moral, or individual level. Aristotle wrote a book and named it Politics. He highlights that Politics involves a lot of Rhetoric. Plato asserted that Rhetoric was immoral, dangerous, and unworthy of serious study. Aristotle wrote Rhetoric anyway. The first line of the book reminds readers that Rhetoric is a counterpart of Dialectic. Dialectic is a method of argument to solve disagreement.

In other words, Dialectic needs to intervene. We need discourse between two or more people holding different points of view about something, who wish to establish the Truth of the matter -- guided by reasoned arguments. But what is Truth and who defines Reasoned? Is Truth and Reason our highest values? We the People can establish or discover the Truth through reason and logic. I pray that We the People really come to know Truth. A People intent on finding Truth would find a lot of Dialectic in Politics.

We the People must foster and support leaders who appeal to logic, not emotion. A Government executing a Constitution is a reflection of its Citizens and the People's actions. When the well-being and affairs of a State are in question, only We the People have the Answer. We must find Truth.

So what is a Constitution? It is was the People hold it to be. As a soon-to-be lawyer, I will be required to take an Oath to the United States Constitution. I cannot wait!

For Liberty,


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"We the People" can't reason...

...because "We the People" watch too much TV.

The liberty movement needs rhetoric, since that (and not reasoned argument) is how to get the support of the masses. Wish it weren't so, but it is.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Ayn Rand ...

... categorized philosophy into 5 branches:

Metaphysics - reality (everything that exists)
Epistemology - knowledge (how we identify what is true)
Ethics - what we *should* do, based on the truth about reality
Politics - how society should be structured, based on what is valid ethics
Aesthetics - artful representation of what could be

The idea of politics as "how society should be structured, BASED ON WHAT IS VALID ETHICS" is the single biggest failure of modern politics. The morality of something is hardly ever discussed.

It is the big dividing line between individualists and collectivists. Individualists start with ethics and then arrive at political solutions based on ethics. Collectivists try to arrive at political solutions based on a fuzzy non-ethics sort of ideology where collectivism is a goal unto itself.

What do you think of that analysis?

I agree.

I actually have very close people in my life that say "as you would say, this is a morality issue." I have convinced many of my friends and family members who are not political per se to see the morality question behind our modern governmental actions... drone strikes is actually a hot topic right now. It used to be the debt. I think having questions of morality and ethics interwoven with political decisions MUST happen. Morality can be objectively reasoned, just as much as it can be divine. Either way, we need it...

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." George Washington