Faith, Community and the Constitution

| Opinion | August 15, 2019

It was interesting to see that contributor William Tozzi has discovered the root cause for my establishing the “Stultus est Sicut Stultus Facit” (Stupid is as Stupid Does) awards, which were inspired by the genius Forest Gump. Mr. Tozzi identified the “Ego Sum Stultus Virus – translation: I Am Stupid Virus.” He went on to say that “The virus is intended to cause self-destruction of our society from within. There will be no reason for any foreign invasion, because we will collapse from the inside.”

As a result of the tragic shootings in El Paso and Dayton, the virus has demonstrated its full effect on our leftist friends who quickly stated that to stop the violence all you need to do is get rid of guns. No guns, no violence. Should a bill like that pass, the cost to personal liberty and privacy would be overwhelming. We would have embraced the trading of our unalienable and enumerated rights for a false sense of security. Instead we would have gained an unstoppable all-powerful police state.

History has shown the issue is not the weapon; it is what is in the heart of the perpetrator. Recent mass murderers in the United States have made weapons of mass destruction out of everything from automobiles to box cutters to commercial fertilizer.

I am currently on a road trip heading to points east and think I may have encountered places where they have found the cure for the “Ego Sum Stultus Virus.” My first stops were Tucson, Williams, Page and Snowflake Arizona. This is the beginning of the flyover states that President Obama identified as “where they still cling to their guns and religion.” Whenever a local discovered that I was from California, they would proclaim, “Welcome to America!”

In Arizona, by passing a test and getting some training, one can conceal and carry. Perpetrators need to fear gun toting civilians in addition to law enforcement. Both will happily introduce them to the wrath of God. I said to a local in Williams, “Home of the Grand Canyon Railroad,” that their town seemed to be a community of faith and a deep love of country. She said yes and that it was a wonderful place to raise a family. She said the only real problems they had with violence and crime came from the tourists. The website for Snowflake proclaims, “Come for a day; stay for a lifetime…Snowflake is the heart of America where neighbors care and there is always a friendly greeting!”


In Page I met a legal immigrant from Serbia who was managing the local Texas style steak house. She is a proudly patriotic American nationalist and is stunned, fearful and angry over our nations move towards socialism. People who have immigrated to the USA from leftist-socialist nations are always shocked by our youth’s acceptance of socialism. These immigrants understand the “road to perdition” our nation now finds itself on.

The left has removed from the public square, nearly all the values of western civilization, especially those regarding the sanctity of life and how to live in a civil society. We must teach those values and help those who have slipped into darkness before they murder. It is in towns that “still cling to their guns and religion” where people of faith, community and the Constitution, have found peace and the cure for the “Ego Sum Stultus Virus.” It would serve our “Stultus est Sicut Stultus Facit” presidential candidates to spend some time in these communities. The townspeople will work hard to find out if the candidates can be cured.

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About Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is a graduate of UCLA and has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area his entire life. In 2010 and 2012 he was the Republican Party endorsed candidate running against longtime incumbent Xavier Becerra, for the House of Representatives in the United States Congress. He admits to having a bias in favor of our Nation's founding principles. Stephen can be contacted at smith4liberty@outlook.com

One Response to “Faith, Community and the Constitution”

  1. William Tozzi on August 18, 2019 @ 12:21 am


    I enjoy reading your contributions in the Gazette. Iappreciate your comments on my “theory” about the stupidity plaguing this country.
    Like you, I can’t sit on the sidelines and watch this national meltdown continue without saying something and demanding
    we act like sane, intellegent Americans.
    Thanks for pointing out the need to restore the values which are the foundation of this country.
    I hope more of us will become aware of this “I am stupid virus” and come up with cure.

    William Tozzi

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