“The State Shall Take, The State Shall Give.”

David Mamet grew up in Chicago.  He was educated at a school that taught him to critically think.

David Mamet at the premiere of Red Belt at the...
David Mamet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He displays a lot of knowledge in the piece he wrote today.  It’s amazing writing, but even better critical thinking.

The Founding Fathers, far from being ideologues, were not even politicians. They were an assortment of businessmen, writers, teachers, planters; men, in short, who knew something of the world, which is to say, of Human Nature. Their struggle to draft a set of rules acceptable to each other was based on the assumption that we human beings, in the mass, are no damned good—that we are biddable, easily confused, and that we may easily be motivated by a Politician, which is to say, a huckster, mounting a soapbox and inflaming our passions.

The Constitution’s drafters did not require a wag to teach them that power corrupts: they had experienced it in the person of King George. The American secession was announced by reference to his abuses of power: “He has obstructed the administration of Justice … he has made Judges dependant on his will alone … He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our Constitution, and unacknowledged by our Laws … He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass out people and to eat out their substance … imposed taxes upon us without our consent… [He has] fundamentally altered the forms of our government.”

I don’t know that anyone would confuse Mr. Mamet with a knee jerk Conservative Christian right wing ideologue.  He is a free thinking, free spirit.  He is refreshing.  Mamet clearly understands what happens with one party rule (Chicago machine), and an expansive government.  He articulates it well in this piece.  Read the whole thing.

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