Politics, Quotes

The Ethos of Our Ruling Class

“I’m not here to say that the government is always right, but when the government tells you to do something, I’m sure you would all agree that I think you all recognize that is something you need to do.”

Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond, Republican, MO.

“He forgot to say that we should click our heels and salute before obeying…[Yet] Bond has brilliantly put his finger perfectly on the…ethos of our ruling class.”

Glenn Greenwald

People like Kit Bond disgust me.  They are unAmerican in their belief that citizens have a duty to obey the Government even when they know their Government is in the wrong.  They don’t want a free citizenry.  They want an obedient citizenry.  And because of that they prove themselves unworthy to lead a free people.

6 thoughts on “The Ethos of Our Ruling Class”

  1. Göring: Why, of course, the people don’t want war. Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship.

    Gilbert: There is one difference. In a democracy, the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.

    Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.

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  2. I had a friend who thought she had to do something just because a police officer told her to do it. The problem is that the rights of both police officers and the government are limited and clearly spelled out in things such as charters and the constitution. They aren’t a blank check.

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