A disturbing trend that I’ve noticed is that many people today seem completely uninterested in getting involved in politics. They certainly don’t want to run for public office. They have no interest in meeting a politician face-to-face. They don’t even want to talk (or hear) about politics and what is going on in Washington D.C. It’s as if, somehow, talking about politics, or even having an opinion about public matters, makes them part of some bigger game that they just don’t want to get involved in. They’d rather just leave it up to someone else to figure out. Believe me…I know the feeling. I’ve spent most of my life thinking that politics just wasn’t really my thing. I figured I’d let other people who were more interested in that stuff to pay attention to all of the details. You know, I’d vote in all the elections and all that, but otherwise, I’d just let them take the lead. It seemed simple enough. I could focus my efforts on what was really important to me. Of course, in retrospect, I realize just how naive that was.
I’ve always been a strong believer in personal responsibility, but somehow, politics just seemed like this silly little game that I not only didn’t want to play, I didn’t even want to know the rules. You know all the lawyer jokes. Well…politicians were the only ones worse than the lawyers. Besides, I figured, what harm could the politicians really do? Our Constitution was built with a system of checks and balances to protect us. Anyway, I believed that all Americans loved what our country stood for. So why would anyone ever try to take away our freedoms? Well, that was before politicians began speaking out against our country, our freedom, our economy, our personal choices and abilities…and before the country began to rally behind these types of candidates.
Now…I see things much differently. I realize what our founding fathers put in place for us and what they expected from us as a responsible citizenry. It wasn’t just about voting every two years and sleeping the rest of the time. It wasn’t about electing someone to office, then turning a blind eye to what they do while they’re there. It was about taking responsibility for OUR country and making sure that it remained in good hands at ALL times. As citizens of the United States of America, we have been given both an opportunity and a responsibility unlike any others before us. Sure, it’s a difficult and daunting task, but no one ever said that it would be easy, right?
So, why is it that so many people still don’t want to “get involved?” What will it take before they decide “enough is enough?” I know from personal experience that it’s easier (and a lot more fun!) to not think about all of the antics of Washington D.C. But I’ve reached a turning point and I can’t go back. Someone asked me the other day, “Why are you so afraid of Barack Obama?” My answer is this…
I am afraid, because I have seen things done in this country that I would have once thought impossible. I have seen laws passed that are downright unconstitutional. I have seen the public blatantly disregarded by the Washington elite. I have seen common, everyday citizens labeled as extremists, fearmongerers, even whackos, all because they verbally disagreed with the leadership in Washington D.C. I have seen the news media become propaganda machines. That is why I’m afraid. As for the Barack Obama part…well, he’s been at the forefront of it all. And to make matters worse, he ran on a campaign of virtual anti-Americanism, yet people voted for him anyway. They were so desperate for “change” that they were willing to try anything. I don’t want the kind of change that Barack Obama has promised to bring. I didn’t want the last two years of it and I certainly don’t want two more. Enough damage has been done already.
So, would I give up all this new found knowledge to go back to my state of “bliss?” Without a doubt, the answer is “no.” Because with this knowledge comes the understanding that my “bliss” would be short-lived. While I might be happy living my life day to day, my freedom would be slowly stripped away until nothing was left. Ignorance may be bliss, but knowledge is power. And I, for one, plan to use that power to live MY life the way that I choose.