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The human brain is a marvelous thing. 

I've been giving this much thought lately as politics in America is now a bipolar sport.  For one very small moment, I will look at the glass as half full. 

 

The human mind is truly the most complex device created and is completely unpredictable due to this nature.  I can have a brother or a sister with nearly an identical upbringing and have a diametrically opposed view on just about anything.  One small but profound experience can change a person's outlook on just about any subject. 

 

We are creatures that are exposed to our environment to such an incredible state.  We feel everything around us with exquisite detail . . . not just things that we contact directly, but even things we have never experienced with our other 4 senses.  We only need to perceive a threat albeit social, political, etc for our minds to begin formulating a defense.  Real action and responses as we plot our safety.

This is the reason why our "connected" age is both a huge win and a huge liability for us.  First, we know much more now than we ever did being connected to the "net".  On the other hand, we perceive many, many more threats than there really are.  This has to be true.  The real threats haven't changed (the world is actually safer than it has ever been for us humans).  So why am I so freaked out about politics?  And why are you?  And why do people insist on believing in things that are simply "preposterous"?

 

I am always amused and also bemused at how some people will believe in things that have zero photos, no witnesses, no evidence -- while others will refuse to believe in something like the moon landings with hundreds of thousands of photos, artifacts, and (literally) piles of evidence.

I'm not saying that people should just go along with the given narrative.  By all means . . . think out of the box.  Challenge the herd mentality.  It is far easier to believe what everyone else around you believes because you do not have to think through all the details yourself.  We (humans) literally do this for 95% of everything we believe.  Only 5% of what you know or believe have you ever really given any substantial thought.

 

I am just more curious about what survival gene(s) in our bodies drive us to refuse, what seems as obvious, in favor of believing in the near impossible and have a fear of something that will never be a threat.  It is far harder to believe the moon landings never occurred.  As well, it is a difficult life to live in a fear of nearly everything.

 

I portion some appreciation for those who believe the earth is flat, we did not land people on the moon, and that Elvis is still living somewhere near Memphis.  They plod a road less traveled.

Yet, my hope is that one day, rational will eventually calm the masses.

Comments

Webmaster Added Dec 9, 2018 - 5:51am
Recently I have met the information that Michael Jackson is alive and someone had already seen him in Germany at gas station, surrounded with bodyguards. They say he managed to grow a beard. Another wonderful idea is that USSR leader Andropov in fact was Glenn Miller as had collection of Miller`s records, could sing and play his songs. I do not believe it as Andropov does not look like Glenn Miller only if some plastic surgery was applied.
FacePalm Added Dec 9, 2018 - 6:08am
“Civilization exists precisely so that there may be no masses but rather men alert enough never to constitute masses.”
~Georges Bernanos
 
“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.” 
~Giordano Bruno
 
'True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality; the inequality of success; the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world."
"Education is the sum total of one's experiences and observations.  The truly educated man has been given the tools to synthesize these experiences and, as a result, become an individual with his own ideals and aspirations.  The great achievements of our society can be attributed not to the masses, but to those who have lifted themselves through motivation and education to a level of superiority."
 "Every man is endowed with different talents in varying degrees.  It is our individual duty to recognize and develop our talents so that we, in our own way, can make contributions to our society.  Our experiences in high school have hopefully helped us to recognize our strengths, as well as our weaknesses.  We are now obligated to use this knowledge to obtain a direction for our lives.  We must keep in mind in selecting our course that we must think not only of ourselves but also of others."
 "It is our duty to perpetuate the desirable aspects of our heritage.  Also we must initiate change, for only through change can we meet the challenges of the future."
 "We should strive to use our past education and our future experiences to be the best that we can be, not settling for mediocrity but always striving toward superiority."
~Felix E. Shelling
 
i think that what you have written, William, has an overall tone of depression and defeat, of confusion and of irritation.  i believe it was Marcus Aurelius who wrote that:
 
“Humans have come into being for the sake of each other, so either teach them, or learn to bear with them.”
 
Granted, it's certainly not easy in the current world.  i remember reading someplace that people go insane in large groups, and only recover sanity slowly and individually, if at all.  The "mob mentality" typified by democracy as a system of governance, for example, would be a contributor, as well as the liars who've been promoting it as a Good Thing for well over a hundred years, now.  It is convenient (and salves seared consciences a bit) to think of humanity as "masses."  It makes of statistical deaths an abstraction, and allows one to deny/dismiss mass slaughters and the agony this causes, survivors and perpetrators alike.  Do you think, perchance, that Russian survivors of Stalin's purges, his deliberate starvation of millions in the Ukraine, the frozen hells of various Siberian gulags, did not have a deleterious effect upon the psyches not only of the survivors, but also of the families and friends of those treated this way?
 
To be well-adjusted to an insane world is no measure of sanity.
Spartacus Added Dec 9, 2018 - 7:25am
"They say he managed to grow a beard."
Because there is a photo on the internet, I now believe as well.
opher goodwin Added Dec 9, 2018 - 7:36am
An excellent article Spart - well reasoned.
We are constantly living in a state of tension and anxiety fretting about every possible outcome and imaginary threats. It is not healthy - particularly when you can do nothing about most of them.
In among all the imagined threats the real threats become ignored.
The trouble is that it is now a political stance to decide which threats are real and which you ignore.
Dino Manalis Added Dec 9, 2018 - 7:48am
 Rationality is needed to focus on what's really important.
Steel Breeze Added Dec 9, 2018 - 8:12am
all you say may be true, but in my experience true only on the net. the "hot" topics on the net,racism,social justice,political affiliation,etc, are not "hot" topics among the folks i know.in fact, they are rarely topics at all.take climate debate for example.the people i know,from all variety of backgrounds,99% reply on the rare times its mentioned...."eh,who cares"......seems to me the net,like tv,blows everything out of proportion....
Spartacus Added Dec 9, 2018 - 8:17am
"i think that what you have written, William, has an overall tone of depression and defeat, of confusion and of irritation."
Facepalm, If any sane person does not feel some sense of "irritation" these days, I would say they are "escaping" through some artificiality.   (drugs, booze, etc.)
Party of the drug problem in American has to be from part sensory overloading.  People choosing to medicate their overloaded hippocampus (hippocampi ?). 
 
Yet, I still have hope for us humans (masses) . . . although we all individually will eventually meet our end.  And perhaps for us and our imminent deaths, "hope" is surely the real insanity -- leaving religion as the only valid remaining, logical response.  I am not religious and to have any sense of hope, one like myself must surely be lying to themselves every day.  
 
Regarding your problem with the word "masses" I will leave you with this:
If you have the power to influence the "masses" (which 99.9999% of us do not) then you have some moral obligation in how you view the "masses".  
For the rest of us (0.00001%),  the masses influence us -- it is morally appropriate to view the "masses" with suspicion.  I think this is the motivation for many conspiracy theorists.
There is an infamous example of this in history just prior to and starting WWI.  That war was started by the "masses" mentality over one political death (a very small incident world-wide).   People believed, en masse, that committing to a world-war would be an exciting venture.  It was this ill-conceived notion which generated two world wars (actually one big one extended over two decades) killing almost 100 million.  One death leads to 100 million more -- that is insanity en masse.
 
But we are off in the weeds.  I do think irrationality can be understood as we are all motivated by either pain or pleasure.  Our "rational" understanding of our world is heavily influenced by the majority ("masses") whether we like it or not.  I am merely diving deeper in this understanding.
Webmaster Added Dec 9, 2018 - 9:23am
Great, if Jackson is alive, why Andropov could not be Glenn MIller? It was Andropov who banned to go to the cinema during working hours and arranged there checks. Today they say that he did this on purpose to irritate the population and destroy the USSR from the inside.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JCj0IJhcDE
FacePalm Added Dec 9, 2018 - 9:36am
...or going beyond the weeds right into the kudzu, brambles, and brier patches...without a machete, much less a knife.
 
It is not "the masses" which induce positive change, but individuals within that mass.
 
i utterly reject "collectivism" and even the idea of "collective" rights; all rights are individuals, and no collective could ever exist without the individuals of which it is comprised.
 
While you're probably right in that masses of people can be - and are - routinely manipulated(and have been for as long as human history has occurred), more and more people are waking up to how the deception, programming(literal), and deviousness has happened, and are rejecting the globalist plans for all of us.
 
As to the premise of your thread - apparently, that lots of people are crazy and believe crazy things - i say "as long as they harm no one, leave them alone."  Those whose rights we trample today will set the precedent for those taken from US, tomorrow.  We must guard even our WORST enemy from oppression for this very reason, but if our opponents HAVE harmed anyone's life, liberty, or property in demonstrable ways, they are literal criminals, and should be prosecuted for their crimes - whether Joe CarJacker or any "corporate censorship strategy" of a Google, Apple, or Facespace, etc.
 
i got an idea the other day in re: corporate entities: what to you think of this?  Corporations are allowed existence as a privilege, not a Right, and must operate in accordance with Law, specifically that their operations are allowed contingent on the criterion that their existence is "in the public interest."
 
So just how can it be "in the public interest" to censor speech which is a Right, not a privilege, especially when such censorship is overwhelmingly of those who are conservative in their political leanings and beliefs?  Therefore, all corporations who arrogate to themselves the power to so treat their customers/clientele are in violation of the Public Interest as defined in the First Amendment, - so give them a date-certain to reverse their policies or yank their charters, thus requiring them to re-organize as either sole proprietorships or partnerships if they wish to stay in business, and vastly increase the amount of taxes they would be required to pay.
 
 
Dave Volek Added Dec 9, 2018 - 11:21am
We all have check out our value system(s) from time-to-time. Why do we believe what we believe? Is what we believe is good or bad? 
 
We should never assume that whatever beliefs we currently hold are absolute truths. 
 
If we are not changing our belief system as we get older, we are probably not learning much from the world. Our minds are fixed. 
opher goodwin Added Dec 9, 2018 - 12:46pm
Steel - maybe that's more revealing of the people you know. The people I know tend to be very involved with climate, the environment, social issues and politics.
opher goodwin Added Dec 9, 2018 - 12:47pm
Dave- you are right - it is good to re-evaluate.
Steel Breeze Added Dec 9, 2018 - 12:55pm
@Opher,yer probly right,but its all i got to go on....
the folks i know are working class,H.S. educated tradesmen,electricians,carpenter,plumbers,mechanics like me,etc.........i'm sure opinions and concerns vary by 'social' circles....
opher goodwin Added Dec 9, 2018 - 2:18pm
Or countries Steel!
Marty Koval Added Dec 9, 2018 - 5:42pm
The human thinking process can be categorized as rational thinking and irrational thinking. In rational thinking, we use our brain and, in irrational thinking, we listen to our heart. 
 
A person who thinks rationally would pay attention to the factual basis. He would analyze the possible outcomes of the situation and his response before acting. Even in the face of a difficult situation, a person who thinks rationally can look beyond the emotions that he feels at that particular moment and act wisely.
 
The downside of rational thinking is that it takes time, making this method unsuitable for quick-decisions. In the age of fast-paced changes, seizing the opportunity at the spur of the moment plays a big part in success, and the rational model does not live up to this task.
 
Irrational thinking is quite different from rational thinking. It can be defined as a thinking process where the individual completely disregards reason and logic in favor of emotion. Such a person would be overwhelmed by the emotional tension of the situation that they will make the decision based on this. It will not allow the individual to pay attention to facts and logic. Some believe that irrational thinking involves availability bias. This denotes that individuals focus only on recent and similar situations and use that knowledge for handling the situation. He would not analyze the possible outcomes of each decision but would be ruled over by the emotion.
 
Irrational thinking can distort reality and work as a barrier between the individual and his success. It would make the individual come up with decisions which have no logical basis and are only detrimental.
 
In this fast pace world we live in, there are times we must consider both rational thinking and irrational thinking. The key is to understand the risks and awards of each situation. Sometimes you will be right and other times you will be completely wrong.  It comes down to what are you willing to risk if you are wrong?
Jeff Michka Added Dec 9, 2018 - 7:28pm
Wow, a whole Marty comment without one "Geezus be praised." Amazing.  So you cryptofascist actually can write a phrase without bible banging.  Frankly, Marty, why hasn't your pal Geezus invited you to...hang out?
Jeff Michka Added Dec 9, 2018 - 7:35pm
Oh my, Webbastard wants us to remember Tim Leary's Russian buddy, "Tune in, Turn on, Andropov." 
Cullen Writes Added Dec 9, 2018 - 7:37pm
The earliest human civilization in Sumeria believed the earth was a flat, round disk. And the sky was a dome over the disk (like a snow globe). If we lived in the desert full of flat land as far as the eye can see, I suppose that isn't a bad theory. 
 
I think it boils down to: everyone believes something (or a handful of 'truths'). And whatever facts they get, they'll make them fit into their pre-conceived ideas. Everyone does this. Evolutionists, religious folks, gun owners, liberals, etc... 
Even A Broken Clock Added Dec 10, 2018 - 12:31am
Marty - I think I realized I was not normal when I began to believe in irrational numbers. Never mind i. Seriously, that was a good comment.
 
William - thanks for a good thought-provoking post. I have myself wondered often what can cause people to discount all rational evidence that favors a point of view. You have provided the answer. It is all emotional, and some folks are unable to divorce the emotional desires from reality.
 
Besides, I have it on the highest knowledge that Elvis actually is residing in an old sharecroppers house in the Loosahatchie River bottoms northeast of Memphis, near the Raleigh-Millington road.
Neil Lock Added Dec 10, 2018 - 4:19am
Good article, William. As the Broken Clock suggests, there are too many today that discount objective evidence. Many also turn against those who are putting forward the evidence, and accuse them of lying, or of "denying" (oops, there goes that word again!) the narrative that makes them feel comfortable.
 
We do live in "interesting times," but I don't see any point in being pessimistic about it. The way I see it, a rational optimist may be proved right or wrong; but pessimists always end up proved right.
 
And nice to see those from across the politico-religious spectrum, Opher and Marty for example, commenting politely and to the point.
Koshersalaami Added Dec 10, 2018 - 10:24am
Part of the answer to the question as to why people ignore evidence has to do with cognitive dissonance. It is often difficult to hold contradictory beliefs at the same time and so, as a protective mechanism, one refuses to believe that which is dissonant, even in the face of credible evidence. That isn’t an easy thing, because having a basic belief challenged can be very disorienting and can even go to issues of identity. Added to that is if you’ve been arguing one case for a long time, announcing to the world that you’ve been wrong all this time is extremely scary. It’s not necessarily something most people can face. 
FacePalm Added Dec 10, 2018 - 11:12am
Kosher-
An astute point, one which many "sociologists" (or propagandists) have seized upon over the long years, perhaps well-encapsulated by Bernays:
 
"Most Americans have no idea that what we are fed by the news media is nothing more than a portrayal of what powerful corporations want us to believe, that what happens to pass as education is as often as not mere propaganda, that what we learn in church may have very little or nothing to do with the truth, that what our parents teach us may be nothing more than an accumulation of their own personal biases, no doubt a rather subtle modification of what they were taught by their parents. And through such a process, governments and nations around the world wield control as to what their citizens believe, value, and do."
~Doug Soderstrom
 
"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society."
-- Edward Bernays, (1891-1995) "Father" of modern public relations (PR) and director of the U.S. Committee on Public Information during World War I, on government propaganda.  Source: Bernays, Propaganda (1928), chapter 1.

"The weapon of the dictator is not so much propaganda as censorship."
-- Terence H. Qualter.  Source: Propaganda and Psychological Warfare, 1962
(viz. leftist Silicon Valley online entities)
 
"Most people prefer to believe that their leaders are just and fair, even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a Citizen acknowledges that the government under which he lives is lying and corrupt, the Citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all."
--Michael Rivero
 
"See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."
-George W. Bush - 43rd US President
 
"No one understood better than Stalin that the true object of propaganda is neither to convince nor even to persuade, but to produce a uniform pattern of public utterance in which the first trace of unorthodox thought immediately reveals itself as a jarring dissonance."
-- Alan Bullock[Alan Louis Charles Bullock, Baron Bullock] (1914-2004) British historian
Source: Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives
(this last citation seems to be the object of AI programming/censorship/banning at various leftist platforms, doesn't it?)
Dave Volek Added Dec 10, 2018 - 12:07pm
Marty
The trouble is that most of us would cast ourselves in terms of rational thought and cast those who think differently into irrational thought.
 
Maybe the left and right have something in common after all.
 
For example, I believe in public health care and the USA should go that direction. Those who disagee are quick to put me the category of a 100% tax on the rich and all business, and eventually I will leading the pogrom to murder millions of citizens to put fear in the psyches of those I chose to keep alive. 
 
 
Koshersalaami Added Dec 10, 2018 - 12:17pm
Dave, wait,
you mean the pogrom is off?
Damn
FacePalm Added Dec 10, 2018 - 12:38pm
Dave-
For example, I believe in public health care and the USA should go that direction.
 
That would require a Constitutional Amendment to make it lawful.
 
Multiple presidents have repeatedly vetoed legislation intended to give what the Constitution does not authorize.  Here are just a few examples:
 
"I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for public charity, ...[it] would be contrary to the letter and the spirit of the Constitution and subversive to the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."
-- Franklin Pierce(1804-1869) U.S. President
Source: 1854, he vetoed a bill to help the mentally ill
 
"I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds...I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution.
-- Grover Cleveland(1837-1908) 22nd & 24th US President
Source: In 1887 when vetoing an appropriation to help drought-stricken counties in Texas
 
"The constitutionality and propriety of the Federal Government assuming to enter into a novel and vast field of legislation, namely, that of providing for the care and support of all those … who by any form of calamity become fit objects of public philanthropy. ... I cannot find any authority in the Constitution for making the Federal Government the great almoner of public charity throughout the United States. To do so would, in my judgment, be contrary to the letter and spirit of the Constitution and subversive of the whole theory upon which the Union of these States is founded."
-- Franklin Pierce(1804-1869) U.S. President
Source: May 3, 1854, President vetoed a bill
 
"Let us remind ourselves that in the Soviet Union the road to medical-care hell was paved with the same good intentions. ... At the end of the 20th century, Russia was infamous for having one of the worst health-care systems in the world."
-- Anna Ebeling, born in USSR, professor, Director of Academic Affairs, Foundation for Economic Education
Source: Socialized Health Care: The Communist Dream and the Soviet Reality, December 19, 2008
http://www.fee.org/library/detail/socialized-health-care-the-communist-dream-and-the-soviet-reality/

"I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents."
-- James Madison(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President
Source: 1792, in disapproval of Congress appropriating $15,000 to assist some French refugees
 
Doesn't matter how many Americans say they WANT what is Unconstitutional; unless and until it IS Constitutional, it can't even lawfully be VOTED on without violating the Oaths sworn by Public Servants.
Koshersalaami Added Dec 10, 2018 - 12:59pm
I can’t find it in the Constitution where we’re allowed to regulate use of the public airwaves, or electricity, or aviation. I’m not sure traffic lights are constitutional.  Does Madison’s benevolence objection extend to FEMA? Our problems are way bigger than anything Madison ever conceived of. 
Koshersalaami Added Dec 10, 2018 - 5:23pm
My point is that the government takes responsibility for areas that were not specifically referenced in the Constitution. And, frankly, if we look at FacePalm’s Grover Cleveland quote and read what he was talking about, he pretty much says that FEMA is unconstitutional. For that reason and for the reasons you mention with the FCC (by the way, some of my business involves RF, so I’ve been exposed to some of these issues), we can’t afford to strictly look at what the Founders envisioned. Things have to evolve in order to function safely and effectively. 
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 10, 2018 - 6:21pm
Elvis is actually serving as an extraterrestrial tour guide for those visiting this planet. The intake center is in a cave near Klamath Falls, OR and Elvis is sometimes sighted at Dennys for Sunday brunch (after church choir, of course)
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 10, 2018 - 6:22pm
Every leap year Nixon and Anais Nin turn up for Valentines Day. Cute couple. Really.
The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 10, 2018 - 6:23pm
Spartacus, the best weapon in the fight against the theater of the absurd is absurdity itself :)
Jeff Michka Added Dec 10, 2018 - 6:47pm
Well, domesday book, Your are wrong.  from 1980 until 1993, Elvis, along with Jimmy Hoffa, Amelia Earhart and Judge Crater lived in my chicken coop.  Not sure where they moved in '93, it wouldn't surprise me it's Oregon, as you say.  We sold the farm and moved here. 
Doug Plumb Added Dec 10, 2018 - 6:55pm
re "while others will refuse to believe in something like the moon landings with hundreds of thousands of photos, artifacts, and (literally) piles of evidence."
 
NASA admits that they cannot get through the Van Allen Radiation Belt.
 
But Elvis is still alive, a photo of a partly eaten burger and fries that he recently left behind proves it.
Doug Plumb Added Dec 10, 2018 - 6:56pm
The best thing is just to not believe anything until you have considered it and the evidence. Photos and eye witness accounts do not constitute evidence without actual physical evidence according to English Jurisprudence.
Its prudent not to believe anything that cannot satisfy these rules. Where is the beef?
Cullen Writes Added Dec 10, 2018 - 7:07pm
@Doug - How to do you know George Washington ever existed? 
Koshersalaami Added Dec 10, 2018 - 7:13pm
We know he existed. In a chicken coup on the moon. 
Doug Plumb Added Dec 10, 2018 - 7:41pm
You guys love TV don't you? Don't be ashamed, the first step is to admit that you have a problem.
FacePalm Added Dec 11, 2018 - 6:58am
Kosher-
I can’t find it in the Constitution where we’re allowed to regulate use of the public airwaves, or electricity, or aviation. I’m not sure traffic lights are constitutional.  Does Madison’s benevolence objection extend to FEMA?
 
By "we're" above, i presume you mean our elected and duly sworn public servants, right?  Or have you ever been a duly-sworn public servant, whether elected, appointed, enlisted, or hired?
 
The fact is that the Constitution is the Supreme Law, and there's a procedure for modifying it; arrogating powers not delegated in a unilateral way is patently Unconstitutional.  If they'd WANTED those powers, they should have ASKED for them via the assent of State legislatures, then everything would be both hunky and dory.
 
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
William Pitt, 1783
 
"The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances. No doctrine, involving more pernicious consequences, was ever invented by the wit of man than that any of its provisions can be suspended during any of the great exigencies of government.  Such a doctrine leads directly to anarchy or despotism, but the theory of necessity on which it is based is false; for the government, within the Constitution, has all the powers granted to it, which are necessary to preserve its existence; as has been happily proved by the result of the great effort to throw off its just authority."
-- Justice David Davis(1815-1886) U.S. Supreme Court Justice 1862-1877
Source: Ex parte Milligan 71 U.S. 2 (1866) DAVIS, J., Opinion of the Court

"Every collectivist revolution rides in on a Trojan horse of 'emergency'.  It was the tactic of Lenin, Hitler, and Mussolini. In the collectivist sweep over a dozen minor countries of Europe, it was the cry of men striving to get on horseback. And 'emergency' became the justification
of the subsequent steps. This technique of creating emergency is the greatest achievement that demagoguery attains."
-- Herbert Hoover(1874-1964), 31st US President

"[T]he arguments that have been addressed to us lead me to utter more explicit misgivings about war powers than the Court has done. The Government asserts no constitutional basis for this legislation other than this vague, undefined and undefinable 'war power.' No one will question that this power is the most dangerous one to free government in the whole catalogue of powers. It is usually invoked in haste and excitement, when calm legislative consideration of constitutional limitation is difficult. It is executed in a time of patriotic fervor that makes moderation unpopular. And, worst of all, it is interpreted by judges under the influence of the same passions and pressures. Always, as in this case, the Government urges hasty decision to forestall some emergency or serve some purpose and pleads that paralysis will result if its claims to power are denied or their confirmation delayed."
-- Justice Robert H. Jackson(1892-1954), U. S. Supreme Court Justice
Source: Woods v. Cloyd W. Miller Co., 333 U.S. 138, 146 (1948).

“Emergency does not create power.  Emergency does not increase granted power or remove or diminish the restrictions imposed upon power granted or reserved.  The Constitution was adopted in a period of grave emergency.  Its grants of power to the federal government and its limitations of the power of the States were determined in the light of emergency, and they are not altered by emergency.”




  ~Justice Charles Evans Hughes(1862-1948) Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court


 




    Source: Home Building & Loan Assn v. Blairsdell, 1934

 



 
Spartacus Added Dec 11, 2018 - 6:31pm
I apologize for not responding to comments.  I bit busy lately.
Neil, I did notice Opher's and other's generous and thoughtful comments.  Pretty cool.
 
I trust you all got more out of other's comments than I could add.  Silence is not always a bad thing.  Yet, I will try to add more in the next article (as the wind blows these days).
Wendy Bugliari Added Dec 11, 2018 - 7:51pm
Even a Broken Clock is right two times a day!
“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” ~Sun Tzu~
"I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows" ~Some Song~
Favorite below which I wish was my own quite but alas I got Glorious Stingers!
“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will never find another” ~Carl Sagan~
Cheers,
~The Bug~

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