Saturday, May 16, 2009

the "plantation mentality"

Why do some people allow an unelected “thirty-something” employee from a private company to govern them?

Why do some people allow non-responsive county, state, and federal governments? (for example: Brian Lanese; pollution in the May and Okatie Rivers; wetlands’ destruction and denigration; inadequate building code enforcement; bottom 10 percentile in education, employment, roads, etc.; a collapsed economy caused by corporate greed and government malfeasance; a huge national debt that will take generations to pay off; etc.)

Could it be the “plantation mentality”? On a plantation, the plantation owner has absolute power. It’s in the interest of the plantation owner to keep it that way.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or 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." (Declaration of Independence as originally written by Thomas Jefferson, 1776. ME 1:29, Papers 1:315)

Was Jefferson referring to the “plantation mentality”?


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