The American Dilemma and How We Can Fix It


My parents taught me to play fair with others.  I have always tried to do that and believe, more often than not, have lived up to my folks’ high standards on the subject.  One of the nicest compliments I have received from readers is that they believe I present both sides of an issue objectively and then argue my case.

The reason for my mentioning this is that if the Federal Reserve is able to print funny money in unlimited amounts, it seems only fair to me that I should be allowed to coin a couple of new words.  And I have.

The words that I have freshly minted are Angnorance (n.) and its derivative Angnorant (adj., n.).

Judging by the exceptionally insightful comments which you leave in response to these posts, I know that you folks are way at the head of the class.  So there is certainly no need to tell you that our newly created words are a combination of Anger and Ignorance.

But it seems to me that if you’re going to invent something, you have an inherent responsibility to explain precisely what it is or how it works.  So I am going to offer my definition of Angnorance for you to consider.  (If you like the word, please feel free to use it).

Angnorance — A state of mindlessness which results from a lack of education and at whose core is the envy of the achievements of others.

When I was growing up, my teachers would ask me to use a new word which I had learned in a sentence to demonstrate that I truly understood what it meant.  What follows are several examples using our new words:

“John was truly angnorant.  After only two years his unemployment benefits were about to run out.  Now he was going to have to look for a job.”

“Latonya was mad at the management of her bank for passing her over for a promotion to work as a teller.  She thought they were an angnorant group of racists.  After all, she had just gotten her GED.”

“When there was a glitch which delayed refilling his EBT card, Stephan was filled with angnorance.  How could he get cash back to buy smokes and beer which were not permitted purchases under the program?”

These examples are far from exhaustive.  I’m sure that my readers can (and perhaps will) come up with some of your own.  Feel free to share those with the rest of us.

Both anger and ignorance are killers.  Science and religion are in agreement on this point.  Science clearly demonstrates how anger causes adverse physical effects.  Religion points out how it destroys the humanity of a person.  And ignorance, while it takes its toll more slowly, also causes ruin.  It enslaves the person who is its victim to a lifetime of misery, want and despair.

Angnorance takes the worst elements of both of these and combines them into a pill that is far more lethal than any poison mankind has either discovered or invented.  And we are distributing it freely to all who want to drink at the Kool Aid fountain.

We live in an angnorant society – one which is becoming increasingly more so.  The only questions remaining are whether there is the time and the will to save ourselves.


Comments on: "OUR ANGNORANT SOCIETY" (2)

  1. I think there is time, but I doubt that there is sufficient willingness to do the hard work required of each person to cross the ignorance divide; a divide that must be crossed first in order to quell the anger. Many people are upset with the federal government and the massive debt that is strangling the American way of life that most of us 60 and over have enjoyed for the first third or half of our lives, depending upon your perspective.

    The current movement to push for secession from the Union is utter nonsense and reflect as weak-minded nation that has lost touch with its identity and its understanding of a constitutional government. We slave at the hand of the central government because along the way from founding to today, Americans chose to take shortcuts to solve problems instead of working through the various bumps in the road [the means] on the way to a proper end.

    An example is the passage of the 17th Amendment that caused U.S. Senators to be elected directly by the people rather than the customary manner of election by each State legislature, leaving the United States House of Representatives as the people’s voice and the Senate, the voice of the States in defense of State’s rights and power. It was alleged that there was too much corruption under the customary election protocol; so, rather than deal with the root causes of corruption by an informed electorate, the electorate opted to shirk its responsibility and give more power, indirectly, to the federal government by striping the States, collectively, of a great bargaining chip.

    Another is the 16th Amendment which gave the federal government the power to implement an income tax without apportionment to the states. This means that the federal government can require citizens in each state to pay taxes without the right to claim a fair share of the money returned from the central government to the states. It is this amendment that creates the power of the federal government to reduce what it gives to Texas in order to pay down the debt accrued by the irresponsible states of California or Nevada and others. Rather than secede from the Union, those states who feel they have a legitimate claim against federal authority need to use their authority to force a second look at those amendments that have effectively stripped power from them and given the federal government powers previously reserved for the states.

    Our Declaration of Independence is quite clear on this score:

    “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies;”

    As I’ve pointed out, our problems or causes for dissatisfaction with federal arrogance are problems of our own making. We the people allowed destructive Amendments to be passed and are living through the unintended or unforeseen consequences of our own ignorance. Therefore, any oppression we may be feeling at the state level is a bed of our own making. As such it is not a legitimate cause for actions in the extreme realm of secession, but, instead, requires the electorate to inform itself and to use the law to right the wrongs those who came before us created. However, judging by the dwindling overall rationality and intellect our schools have bestowed upon us over time, I would predict a revolution in blood before one of moral character, thoughtfulness and justice. But, at least now, those who are angry, envious, and ignorant know that the course they are considering is wrong-headed and immoral. As always, the next step they take is of their choosing, but they can no longer take that step in ignorance of the immorality of the choices they make.

  2. Thank you, Rick for your thorough and extremely informative response. I always love it when one of my posts provokes this kind of reply – because I get an education from it and I hope those who follow this blog do as well. This is obviously a subject about which you are both passionate and well-informed. Frankly, if more Americans shared yours and my view of what is important – we simply would have no need for this conversation.

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