Wednesday, August 5, 2009

And the truth will set us free

Is it possible that Obama and his gang of merry men are doing us a favor?

Today, we constantly hear the words Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal, Socialist and Communist tossed about. Many times without any real context or meaning attached to them. How many, especially the under 40 crowd, really know the meanings of those words. There are a lot that can quote the definition from Webster’s or the Urban Dictionary but how much good is that without the proper context. How many have seen the real things, live and in person? Almost everyone in High School can quote Einstein’s theory of relativity, but what to do with it. Fewer will be able to tell you that E=mc² is energy equals mass times the velocity of light in a vacuum squared. An even larger amount would not know where to apply it and how. To know something is not necessarily enough to apply it sometimes.

Everyday, someone somewhere is called a Republican, Democrat, Conservative or Liberal as an insult with contempt and distain. How can being what you are be an insult? Before I get accused of anything, I am a Conservative and know what it means to be one. There are very few in power these days that can be called any of those things though and have it mean anything. The folks in DC have become an amalgam of differing stereotypes and can not be placed neatly into any category. Taken by their true definitions, no one should be insulted by being called any of those terms. A Republican should be a defender of the Republic and a champion of the founding documents. A Democrat should be a hero to the little guy, fighting to be the voice of the forgotten and lost. A Conservative should be fiscally and socially responsible, leery of change and overspending without foreknowledge. Liberals, the other side of the coin know that change is happening all the time and it costs money to keep up out of need. How, at their base are any of those bad? You are what you are, admit it. You’ll feel better and more than likely those around you already know.

It takes all of us to make this nation work. Every one of the 305,000,000 people in this country has their own idea of exactly how it should work, all slightly different. No two people will ever agree on EVERYTHING. It can’t happen; life experiences are unique to everyone. Even identical twins, seeing the same car wreck will have slightly different accounts. Looking from slightly different positions, at different points of the wreck in a different order will cause differences. One may have been looking left, and the other right at the point of impact. One looking at the cars and one at the drivers. Which is more important?

Without the cars OR the drivers there would have been no wreck. Without the land and Government OR the people, there can be no nation. It takes both parties to drive this car of ours. One side keeps money in our pockets and keeps Government as small as possible, the other looks out for the forgotten and those that can’t take care of themselves. Both sides are just as important. Both sides must be willing to see the other point of view, not necessarily see the full value of it, but see it and admit it’s there. Without this vision, the country spins out of control to one side or the other. Both extremes are just as bad. We need the middle for balance.

We need the independents to be that middle to keep the equilibrium between the left and the right. Without the middle, both ends would fall. I personally believe that most in this country fall in the middle, and that is probably a good thing. The problem comes with the lack of knowledge on the issues coming at them from both sides. The MSM feeds the middle sound bites that project THEIR current values and the point of view of whichever side will serve them best. Apathy and the quick, overwhelming rate that the “news” is shoved at all of us have caused a degradation of the middle ground. Who has time to read bills, check facts, and look for similarities in history to base opinions. Both sides know this and use it to their advantage.

No one in power is innocent. Both sides only show what “bullet points” will get them the results they want. Neither will show the possible good or bad coming from the other side or their own. Sacrifices are always unfair when coming from the other camp, but just when coming from theirs. Rarely are they evenly distributed and fair. Even more rarely are they used in the manor with which they were sold as. Despite this “we” keep putting the same people behind the wheel. “We” rant, rave, yell and complain when they don’t listen to our pleas, but then elect the same fools again hoping for a different outcome. Our founders were right. No career legislators. Those that serve must come home and live with the laws they have given to us. Except with the current state of affairs, who wants the microscope turned on them? The spin doctors on both sides can tear anyone apart with little effort using only the “truth”. The “truth” from their point of view.

So where does that leave us. It leaves us vulnerable to attacks from those that would change the very system that has gotten them to the positions they are in now. Those that would change the system to their own version of utopia. The trouble with utopia is that no two person’s idea of it is the same. The very system that let them read study and learns of the wonders of Socialism and Communism is now not good enough for them. They wish to turn this nation into one that would not freely let them see the other side. On paper to the uninformed, Socialism and Communism look great. Everyone equal, everyone sharing the work and burdens. In practice… How can anyone under the age of say 35 have any context to put this in. All they might see if they take the time to look is footage of food lines, artificial shortages, attempted defections that must be propaganda. The news about how America sucks coming from Russia in the day has to be made up. With such a good system in place how could one be unhappy? Surely the borders were closed to keep the undesirables out, not keep the people in. What is not shown to the new fans of socialism is the loss of property, privacy and free will. Those that will be running this new utopia know it. So long as those things exist, the collective will not run smoothly. Any little change will disrupt a very delicate balance and weaken it.

At this time, more than ever we are heading down a path that will change our form of Government. Those that wish to make the change are in power or have people in place that can not or will not see the dangers ahead. This nation is dividing, not in half, but in quarters. Left and right, Republican and Democrat. Up and down, Socialist and American. The left and right are destroying themselves trying to take out the other side. That leaves up and down. Right now we’re top heavy. The spin doctors from the Socialist corner have taken over the MSM in most forms and have made the left and right ineffectual by egging on the fight between them. That leaves the base to save this land.

The base shifted on its axis this past election out of despair and lack of anything better. The base, while the backbone of this country, has a tendency to be spineless. Those that keep this country moving along have little time and desire to “play” politics. They want to be left alone to live their lives with as little interruption as possible. In my mind, the only way to get them back to the right side is to tell them the truth. Not just our truth, but the real pure truth. We need to stop playing the game. The game is about over anyway, we lost, accept it. We lost because we were playing their game, by their ever changeable rules. Time for some new dice and a new game board. The new rules will have to be well established and simple. Tell the truth. The whole truth and nothing but the truth. The kind of truth that leaves nothing for the spinners to work with. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Let all sides in on the new rules, if they want to play by them, WONDERFUL! If they don’t , they lose. Lets give the middle the sound bites they crave so much, but be honest with them. If the other side comes up with a good idea, give them credit. If there are harmful aspects, point them out, just do it honestly.

Obama, Pelosi, Reed, Frank, Dodd and all the rest have done us a huge favor. If left alone, we would have become a Socialist nation in the relative near future. It’s where we’ve been heading for the last 100 years without much resistance. With the speed and brute force that is applied to every bill coming down the pike these days, folks can’t help but wake up. When they do wake, they notice that the light at the end of the tunnel is really a freight train heading right for them. What responses do they get when they question those in power these days? “You just wouldn’t understand”, “I’ll get back to you”, “We’ve got a team of experts telling us different”. Arrogance, appeasement, and distain over having to deal with the “commoners” are their only responses. This is working in our favor.

The “commoners” are getting more and more pissed with every evasion, half truth and outright lie. The fire being lit by Obama and company is burning out of control. We need a controlled burn to get it going in the proper direction. The mob needs led down the right streets. Not with equal or greater force, that will only make those in the middle angrier and running to anyone offering some kind of stability. We have to be that stability. The only weapon in our arsenal that will work is the truth. It is the only weapon that will not work for those trying to make the changes because it will appear hollow when shown in the light.

Show people the truth, don’t push it on them. Give people information; don’t shove it down their thoughts. Plant the seeds and step back, they will grow. Those on the fence and the uninformed will come around. As they do, those that were further out will slowly move over to take their place trying to see what they must be missing. We can bring this country back. Keep the truth in your hearts, it will guide us back.

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