Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Political Class Does Not Care About Us

They Label Us - We Lose

Forget Democrat, or Republican, or 'conservative, or 'liberal' or 'moderate'!

Those are labels designed to divide, as is putting a person's country-of-origin before American, as in "African-American". Its the age-old game of divide and conquer and we're losing.

Who are "we"? "We" are the people of this country. "We" are the individuals who get up every single morning and get to work. "We" take care of our kids. "We" drive trucks. "We" run banks. You name it "we" do it.

You see, the problem we're having is that we've let the political class (forget the letter after their names) divide us into groups. And all these groups are looking at each other with distrust. It's blacks against whites, conservatives against liberals, rich against poor, young against old.

Think about it. Start noticing the first thought that pops in your mind when you see someone thats not in your group. If you drive an old car and see someone in a BMW, or your white and see a black person, or if your a kid and see an old person, what's the first thing you think?

No one can answer this for you. Its a personal thing. But if your answer, in your own head, is divisive, then they've beat you. They win. You lose.

The political class, which is simply the people with the power, have garnered so much control over our minds that we actually think they have our best interest at heart. Well, guess what? THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT US!

They take our money and build a bloated military in the name of protection. A military that protects countries that can protect themselves. A military that goes to war under false pretenses. We put our young sons and daughters on bloody battlefields to protect our 'interests'.

They take our money and build social programs to take care of those with less. Social Security gets 'borrowed against' to fund other programs. Medicare is broke. The War on Poverty has left the poor as bad, or worse off, as ever before.

They take our money to subsidize businesses that can't survive on their own. Millions go to farm subsidies to pay farmers NOT to grow crops. More millions go to government contractors who then 'donate' to the very politicians who gave them the money in the first place.

How do we stop this? There are many options but one problem. They all require more action than words. Start engaging people in uncomfortable conversations. Turn off the TV and read a book about politics. Attend your meetings. School  boards, health departments, city councils, all have regular meetings that are open to the public. Attend a couple and sit in the back. Watch how they operate and who the players are.

Folks, we can change things but we have to do something other than watch the evening news and bitch about things. We have to get off our butts and get involved. You don't have to speak. Don't be afraid. Just showing up and watching is enough.

So go buy a newspaper and find out when the next meetings are, turn off the TV and get involved. Otherwise, don't complain when the last of your freedoms are gone.

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