I've just begun reading the titular book, linked below, first published in 1958. This statement in the introduction caught my eye:
John Adams saw "the real American Revolution" as a "radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments and affections of the people," and thought it was, above all, "in the minds and hearts of the people."
Proverbs 23:7 says, "for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." The New American Standard Bible translates it this way: "For as he thinks within himself, so he is."
You can't expect the so-called low-information voter to see the problems with an unConstitutional program as long as that voter is happy with the freebies that the program gives away.
People on welfare for life ... for multiple generations ... food stamps as a way of life* ... EBT cards which can be used for far more than food ... it goes on and on.
We've all seen how hard it is to convince the abusers of the system that it's wrong to do so, and wrong of the programs to not only turn a blind eye to those who do, but to (in many cases) encourage it. Those who get the free stuff are more than happy to vote for those who authorize the giveaway.
It could be said that the Progressives/nanny-statists have been lying well, while we've been telling the truth poorly.
This country is dangerously divided, as has perhaps not been seen since prior to the War Between the States. That was, as much as anything, a war for States' rights versus Federalism.
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand..." (Matthew 12:25)This is a war for individual rights and freedoms (but I repeat myself) versus subservience to an all-encompassing nanny state.
So, what say you? Is what we're doing now effective? Are we winning the hearts and minds of the people? Are they being convinced of the historic view of individual rights and responsibilities?
If not, perhaps a different approach is warranted. What do you think it should be?
* I'm speaking of those who habitually abuse the system, not those in genuine need.