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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Being political

I always get frustrated when people say "I'm not into politics.  I don't really care about that stuff."

That stuff.


THAT STUFF?

That stuff determines if you sleep soundly at night.  It determines your children's education.  It determines so much.

That stuff is what separates us from dictatorships and mass genocides.

How on earth can you NOT care?

And if you haven't been paying attention and are more concerned with Casey Anthony or Lindsay Lohan, let me tell you something....

it has all gone horribly wrong.

Horribly wrong.

Right now, in Washington, a very vocal and well funded minority are coercing our government into trying to amend our constitution.   Amending the constitution is serious stuff.  It's not something you bully people into with a threat of economic collapse.

I absolutely think Washington needs to cut out ridiculous spending.  I think Social Security has gotten completely out of hand from what it was ever designed to be.  I question the last 10 years of deficit spending.  Both elder Bush and Clinton managed to run the country without ANY deficit spending- no joke.  The days of multimillion dollar toilet seats and bridges to nowhere need to stop.

But people, that is NOT what is going on.  The delay in Washington has nothing to do with any of that.

Yes, they are trying to "dumb it down" to that vocal minority making it sound like that's what they're doing.

They're not.

They are playing politics with the global economy.  With your future.

They are trying to get re-elected. Nothing more.  Your best interests are not their best interests.  

If you are not pissed off, get pissed off.

Get very, very pissed off.

People have given their lives for your right to be pissed off.

And if you don't understand the complexities of what's going, go to a non-partisan resource and learn more.  Fox News, MSNBC, The Heritage Foundation, Moveon.org are not non-partisan.  Read about what the debt ceiling is (and how it has nothing to do with current budgets).  Learn how social security is funded (to quote a high school junior when I recently explained "That's stupid- that will never work").  Read about who really pays the taxes.  Check out your representatives voting records.  You will be stunned at what you can learn.

Get involved.  Turn off E News and watch C-SPAN.

For the sake of our country, please.

Please get pissed off.

The time has come.

5 comments:

Rita said...

Well said!

Anonymous said...

ROCK ON....ROCK ON

Kimberly Coats said...

For unbiased factual information check out Pew Trusts. Great information on FAQ on Debt Limit:

http://www.pewtrusts.org/uploadedFiles/wwwpewtrustsorg/Reports/Miscellaneous/US_Debt_Limit_fact_sheet.pdf

Anonymous said...

Well said. Proud to say I contacted my state representative to provide my input on this situation. I'm growing weary of neighbors, friends, and family quoting Fox News as fact.

CarolBe said...

Glad you're re-running. I'd hate to have missed this. Saying you don't care about politics is like waring a "Stupid" sign. Not that we all want to hear your political views at our dinner party.