We Must Rely On Our Own Common Sense
I’ve been doing some serious thinking on how to combat the lies, deceptions and misquotes of this election cycle. I kept thinking that perhaps I’m in over my head. As I look across the blogosphere and the the newspapers, watch the news and listen to the radio, the endless stream of disinformation gets picked apart and micro-planed at times and at other times twisted and argued like we are a pack of wolves at dinnertime. Everybody wants to be part of the team that defeated Obama, and wants to give a lasting impression.
But in the next two months, we have to decide who we can reach, and who we cannot. There are those of us whose approach to changing minds is to act intrigued when a liberal speaks in order to friend them, gain their confidence, then slowly pick apart their assumptions and try to turn them away from what they believe to be true. There are others who simply cry b.s. and state facts and let the chips fall where they may.
I suppose I fall in the latter category as far as style goes, but when I think about my small town, my township, my neighborhood, I realize that I have no idea what they believe. And I realized that I would have to find out if they believe the lies or the truth. Just because I’m convinced that for the most part, small town USA has a pretty good handle on what is good, right and true, does not mean that they have been informing themselves on the current situation.
A simple case-in-point comes during some research I’ve been doing on Senator Debbie Stabenow. It’s widely known that the Senate has not passed a budget for over 1200 days now. Stabenow says they did too, it was called the Budget Control Act of 2011, and it covers two years until 2013. Stabenow says the Republicans are lying. The Republicans say the Budget Control Act is not a budget. So, who do you believe? Who does your neighbor believe? Will it just come down to partisanship?
These things bother me to the point that I’m not sure if this nation will ever heal, but I know one thing, I have to go and talk to my neighbors.
The problem with thinking about how to reach those people that don’t pay attention to politics, is that they don’t pay attention because they have no interest in it, or, they hate it. The initial reaction they give, typically, is that politicians are jerks, out for themselves, and it doesn’t matter if we vote or who we vote for because the system is rigged. Or something like that. They act as though I am naive for trying to convince them of something they do not need to be convinced of, because they already have it figured out. Telling me that I’m wasting my time because it’s the same old song and dance, and since I’m only one person, how do I plan to change it? What ends up happening in these situations is that I end up getting the brunt of their unhappiness with the messiness of politics, and they believe I deserve it because I brought it up.
Mom always said, put yourself in their shoes. So I think about all the times in my life prior to entering in the political fray, and put myself in the place of the person answering the door and imagine how I would respond if an Obama campaigner came to my door. The problem is, I cannot un-know what I know. I can’t act interested in drivel. I’ve never been a patient person when I’m being lied to. I can’t accept false rhetoric.
So instead of doing a great mental exercise, I figured I would just go and visit people and rely on my own common sense, and on the common sense of the other person, and do the best I can to make it clear that I stand on one side, and they need to join me.
That’s all I got. I can’t pretend I’m some official-type person, although I guess I am a precinct delegate, and I know I have fans and followers online to whom I am perfectly humbled. But in my neck of the woods, I’m not widely read, and to be honest, being a blogger means absolutely nothing to a whole lot of people, and I’m just fine with that.
I believe to be effective in November, it will take every single one of us who are up to speed to rely on our own common sense, and get out and knock on doors ourselves. It’s not enough to share things online, it’s a false sense of security to leave it at that. While I knew what Obama represented in 2008, my county voted in his favor. I can’t let that happen again.
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MARK LEVIN: We conservatives, we do not accept bipartisanship in the pursuit of tyranny. Period. We will not negotiate the terms of our economic and political servitude. Period. We will not abandon our child to a dark and bleak future. We will not accept a fate that is alien to the legacy we inherited from every single future generation in this country. We will not accept social engineering by politicians and bureaucrats who treat us like lab rats, rather than self-sufficient human beings. There are those in this country who choose tyranny over liberty. They do not speak for us, 57 million of us who voted against this yesterday, and they do not get to dictate to us under our Constitution.
We are the alternative. We will resist. We're not going to surrender to this. We will not be passive, we will not be compliant in our demise. We're not good losers, you better believe we're sore losers! A good loser is a loser forever. Now I hear we're called 'purists.' Conservatives are called purists. The very people who keep nominating moderates, now call us purists the way the left calls us purists. Yeah, things like liberty, and property rights, individual sovereignty, and the Constitution, and capitalism. We're purists now. And we have to hear this crap from conservatives, or pseudo-conservatives, Republicans."It always amazes me the sheer number of women who defend abortion. Legal abortion has killed 52 million innocents since '73, that means 26 million roughly, were women. Sick." -Jen KuznickiAny woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country. -Margaret ThatcherEntrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. -Ronald ReaganI am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. -Margaret ThatcherBroadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all. -Winston ChurchillCriticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. -Winston Churchill
I Don’t Deny Global Warming ExistsI don't deny that global warming exists. It does not exist. There is not a pink elephant in my kitchen. I'm not denying it. It is not there. If I denied that there was a pink elephant in my kitchen, it would have to be there, but I would be lying to myself and everyone and walk around it to cook. But it is not there, therefore, I am not denying that it is.
Snyder said Wednesday that he unconditionally supports expanding the state's Medicaid rolls by roughly 470,000 people. There are 1.9 million people receiving benefits now.
"We're all here to support expanding Medicaid," Snyder said at a news conference called by a large coalition of groups that support the expansion. "We're moving forward with care for people who need it."
The ever-illogical argument that insuring more people will actually cost less. "But health care providers and advocates for the uninsured argue that the state will actually save money -- as much as $1 billion in the first decade -- if fewer residents have to rely on expensive emergency room facilities to address non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries."
Susan Dumass is really quite pedestrian. "The only thing standing in between 450,000 low-income Michiganders and health insurance is Tea Party Republicans' deep-seated hatred of Obamacare."
This week, Michigan’s Rick Snyder became the sixth GOP governor to propose expanding his state’s health insurance program to cover more low-income residents, in line with the Democratic administration’s strong recommendation.
Now that he's made the decision, Snyder must sell the plan to the state legislature, where some members of his own party have repeatedly attempted to distance themselves from the faintest whiff of "Obamacare."
- I can find neither solace or comfort in government. I cannot find hope nor light among those pretending to take my best interest to heart. I cannot worship or revere another human being because there are none alive that can instill my faith. Give me the One God; the One Who had created the heavens and earth and had purposefully breathed life into me. The One Who dwells in the secret place and watches over me and always keeps me company when all others abandoned me. But for Him I would have no purpose in this life; thank you Dear God.