Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The truth in the lie

For my birthday, a very intelligent and thoughtful friend of mine gave me the book Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine. I suggest it to anyone that wants to read a non-partisan opinion about our state of affairs.

Something that has been brought to my attention lately (not by Mr. Beck), is regarding finding the truth in the lie that has been told. In this case, the truth is that our country is not in trouble because of flat screen tv's, economic disparity between the classes, or any single politician. The truth is that the underlying reasons behind such effects (as to why people go into debt for material possessions, why some people strive to work hard while others beg for handouts and freebies, and why our leaders have taken America down a road we did not entrust them to go) have far more to do with where we are today than do the effects themselves. Finger-pointing doesn't fix anything, and it often doesn't even illuminate much if anything. It just avoids getting down to the real business of fixing what we broke.

We need to stop pointing fingers. Yes, taxation is strangling us (the taxpayers), debt spending is crippling us, our foreign policies can be compared to a circus, our leaders are selfish and do not often work for the benefit of anyone but themselves. The lie is that knowing all that stuff is enough to do anything about it. The truth is that we need to take a hard look at insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. It is insane for anyone currently holding office at the national level to get another crack at the job they're doing. Show me a congressman (or congresswoman, for you P.C. types) standing up and standing out trying to change the partisan bickering and actually writing bills that address the real needs of the taxpaying, law abiding citizens of this country, and I'll show you a con-artist.

When we quit voting for people's character, we quit voting for morality. When we made excuses for our elected leader's personal behavior, we quit holding ourselves to any standard. How can we expect someone to go in and "clean up Capital Hill" when we overlook the fact that they have been accused of tax evasion, racketeering, insider trading.... If we turn a blind eye to our elected leaders' criminal activities, how can we be angry at them for turning blind eyes to corruption around them? The truth is that we can't.

We tolerate things from our elected public servants that we would never tolerate from our kids or even our next door neighbors. Why? Because we believed the lie when we were told it didn't matter.

So the question becomes, what are we going to do about it?

4 comments:

Diane said...

Our local newspaper just had an article on a group formed based on Glen Beck's ideologies. It is called the (name of town) 912 group. You can read the article online at www.tnonline.com. By the way, Glen Beck will be at one of our local entertainment venues in the near future.
Much has to change to restore this country to its past glory.
Al's wife Diane

Dach said...
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Dach said...

I'll agree that much has to change to recover from our national state of disrepair. I think the first thing that has to be accepted is that somewhere down the line of history, holding public office lost the ideology of public service and became a career.
Once it became a career, it was no long for the people by the people. It became the first ever rendition of "American Idol". We now vote for the people that are the most attractive, most well spoken, with the "cleanest reputation". The next fact I think we all need to face is that we are all human; and in being human, we are fallible. People screw up, and it seems that we are unable to forgive people for that sometimes. It's for that reason (among many others) that I could never run for a public office.

In the mean time, if we really want to change the system, we need to start voting for "real" people that want to try to fix stuff. No more lawyers writing the laws. No more BS. And once I come down from whatever drug induced high this is, I'm sure I can actually write something here that is my usual cynical viewpoint.

Swoopref said...

I agree with Dach... we no longer vote for what is said. The last time we did that it was before Nixon & Kennedy. Now it`s how you look on TV that counts.

I agree with Beck and Willis as well!