Printed on: February 19, 2014

Judging deeds

Received Feb. 12

"Remember that it is not by a tyrant's words, but only by his deeds that we can know him." -- Dwight Eisenhower.

We can judge presidents of past and future by what they say and come to the conclusion that they respect the Constitution, as they all pay lip service to it. Or we can judge them by their fruits. A partial list of the fruits of these men: war, hatred, conscription, suspension of habeas corpus, looking the other way while innocent Native Americans or various peaceful "noncompliants" are slaughtered, public works projects for their friends, high taxes and tariffs for everyone else, attacking sovereign states or nations, covert drone wars, drug wars, massive surveillance programs, torture, prison for victimless crimes and a dismantling of most things the Founders held dear and attempted to enshrine in the Constitution.

Intelligent people can discern that exposing a myth encompasses more than one man; rather an idea. When a key figure is at the epicenter of these ideas and is viewed with cult-like reverence, it stands to reason that we should question this idolization. Cui bono? Individuals or governments?

We question tyrants of other countries who didn't invent the fascism or communism they used during their bloody reigns. By doing so, we aren't picking on dead men. We are critical of the fruits of their ideas. Judging only positive quotations can lead one to believe that Hitler and Stalin were good guys, but history tells a truer story. (Word count: 245)