Comment: The problem is systemic. It is not a matter of educating.

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The problem is systemic. It is not a matter of educating.

The reason the "sell-out traitorous bastards in all levels/branches of gov't. disobey the constitution at will" is they are the final determiners of their own powers. The system of "checks and balances" has become enclosed into one that serves itself. It functions merely to gather power and what that can attract to itself.

It doesn't matter how well educated the voters are. The voters can act generally once every two or four or six years and then they can replace one senator, one congressman, one governor, or one president. The replacement to one of these politicians will be another who will typically be indistinguishable from the one that was replaced. The political system is entrenched. It doesn't matter how a voter votes when the election is between two bad choices. There is a difference between HARD! and IMPOSSIBLE!

In approaching a walled city a traveler might circle it looking for a way in. Finding none, he is left to ponder how the people inside got there not understanding the population had closed the gates to prevent entry to anyone else. That is our current system.

Before the war to prevent Confederate independence, SC Senator Calhoun wrote that the Constitution was carefully crafted to prevent the larger states from politically dominating the smaller states. However, much to everyone's horror, that was not the threat to liberty at all.

It was assumed, in the beginning, states would jealously guard their rights and sovereignty from Federal encroachment. This was a mistake. States, wrote Calhoun, would eagerly give up their rights and powers if that would give them an advantage over the others.

The only non-violent solution I can see is to change the Constitution to make it so the federal government is not the final determiner of its own power. They can only ignore the constitutional limits on their power while that is the case.

If you disagree and think leading horses to water who refuse to drink is the solution, go for it. The problem is just because a voter is well educated does not mean he will not vote his own selfish interest. If two people can vote to take a third's property, they will do it; Majority rules. It really doesn't matter how much information the two have. The solution is not allow - through respected checks on government power - the question to be voted on in the first place.

An Article V convention, so far, has not happened in over 200 years. I would not say that is an easy solution. So far, it too has been impossible. How many elections have there been in that time? And getting people voting the right way has not worked either. The problem is not that people are voting the wrong way. The problem is people are allowed to vote for laws that violate the rights and liberties of themselves and others. That is what constitutional limits are supposed to prevent, but haven't.

I have no problem with educating the electorate. It is a necessity. I just don't believe it should be done to the exclusion of all other approaches to the problem.

Then again, the government funds and accredits educational institutions in the U.S. How do you think that influences what is taught in them? Government licenses broadcast media. How do you think that influences what is broadcast?

[F]orce can only settle questions of power, not of right. - Clyde N. Wilson