I have been analyzing our culture for several decades. As a result of that analysis I have made some conclusions regarding a Root Cause Analysis of our modern American culture. In the world of software engineering and information technology, we perform a Root Cause Analysis (RCA) as a way to study all available evidence to find the lowest level where a problem is manifesting itself. Is it a bug in the display layer? The middleware layer? The server layer? Is it an operating system issue or is it a hardware fault?
For example, if you find a crack in your home’s ceiling you could simply paint over it but does that address the root cause of the problem? Has the ceiling been constructed and finished properly? Are the walls square to allow for good leveling? Is the foundation sound to avoid shifting? The root cause analysis may require drastically different solutions than are necessary to simply address a few symptoms.
Having analyzed modern American culture for decades now I have come to the following conclusion:
The root cause for most problems in modern American culture is the systemic ignorance of the U.S. Constitution and the founding principles of our nation.
It is that ignorance which allows citizens and especially voters to be manipulated and coerced into supporting un-American policies and practices throughout our nation. If more voters would simply ask this one question then our culture would be far better off:
Where in the State or Federal Constitution do We the People authorize the government to perform [fill in the policy or practice]?
Here is a great example… A liberal friend responded to me on Facebook to inform me, “I agree the government should do the following: ‘establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.’ He then went on to use that wording in order to justify his belief that the government can order us to wear masks, force citizens into universal healthcare coverage, confiscate our wealth and re-distribute it to those less fortunate, and allow violent protests in the name of a Marxist organization.
This is a great example because he exhibits the kind of ignorance that will lead to the ultimate destruction of our nation if it is left unchallenged. Modern liberals like my Facebook friend are employing this disgusting tactic to use the wording of the Constitution in order to promote Marxist policies throughout our nation. It is a diabolically sophisticated attack at the very foundations of our nation. While they quote the United States Constitution they completely take it out of the context in which it was clearly intended by anyone who has even a small amount of knowledge of our founding principles.
A simple reading of the Federalist Papers will prove the utter lunacy of their statements. It is 100% clear and irrefutable that our founding fathers were interested in creating a nation that would keep the government as small as possible in order to maximize the individual Liberty of our citizens. That is totally incontrovertible and any simple reading of the history of the American Revolution proves that. Even most grade school children understand this simple fact of history.
Why on Earth would our founding fathers create a government with limited powers only to give that same government unlimited power? It is lunacy.
Don’t believe me? When his contemporaries were trying to mis-interpret the ‘General Welfare’ clause as a way to expand the scope of federal authority, James Madison wrote the following:
"It will follow, in the first place, that if the terms be taken in the broad sense they maintain, the particular powers, afterwards so carefully and distinctly enumerated, would be without meaning, and must go for nothing. It would be absurd to say, first, that Congress may do what they please; and then, that they may do this or that particular thing. After giving Congress power to raise money, and apply it to all purposes which they may pronounce necessary to the general welfare, it would be absurd, to say the least, to superadd a power to raise armies, to provide fleets, &c. In fact, the meaning of the general terms in question must either be sought in the subsequent enumerations which limits and details them, or they convert the government from one limited as hitherto supposed, to the enumerated powers, into a government without any limits at all."
James Madison is obviously far more eloquent than I but the meaning is identical: to suggest that our founding fathers would create a government with limited powers only to then grant that same government unlimited power is lunacy.
So, what do we do about it? Educate, educate, educate. Read the Federalist Papers and then challenge your own liberal friends who try to spread this lunacy. Quote our founding fathers and teach the ignorant about the truth using those primary sources themselves. If they still resist then it is because they hate America and are interested in its upheaval.