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Ignorance is strength for the left

My family taught me to never be afraid of asking the tough questions.  My Father would always say, that if it sounds too good to be true, well it probably is.  This taught me that there is no free ride and if someone tells you there is, then grab on to your wallet and hold tight.  It also made it much more difficult to sway my opinion using emotional tactics and promises of a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  I became a realist.  My Mother believed that an education combined with observation and experience, would provide me the tools needed in life to make sound decisions.  This drove me to examine life with a critical eye and obtain a deeper understanding of events.
I was sixteen when I started working for my grandpa on the township roads.  He was 73 years young and still plugging away in the workforce.  He worked at that age not because he had to work; but because he was driven by a work ethic and purpose that few understand today.  With the exception of working on my uncle’s farm this was my first real job.  You know a job where you actually had taxes taken out of your check.  I made $3.35 an hour and trust me I earned every penny of it.  We worked at times in some of the most unbearable conditions.  Even before all this global warming nonsense , Pennsylvania summers in the 1980s were usually hot and muggy with stagnate air.  I busted my butt for very little pay, but the true reward for my efforts did not come through a paycheck, it came by working for a man that was a vault of knowledge and experience.  Just being around my grandpa in a work environment taught me so much about life and the challenges we face each day.  His wise influence still clings to me this day.  One of the things I learned from him was how to approach and deal with challenges in life.  I mean we all deal with challenges on a daily basis.  For instance there is never just one way to approach a challenge in life, but there is always the best way.  And the best way is different for each of us.

The challenge I face today is probably the same challenge that many of you face.  That challenge is trying to inform the ignorant of what is actually going on with our Republic.  Now please don’t view the term ignorant as a negative thing; it simply means uninformed.  Life is filled with many distractions, from getting the kids the soccer practice on time to watching our favorite TV shows.  We get caught up in all the little moments in the day and sometimes lose our bearing on the things that should truly matter.  We end up choosing a kind of self-imposed ignorance because there just simply isn’t enough time in the day to add one more worry.  Well I’m here to tell you that you had better make time.

You see I believe that most of the people are starting to wake up and see this administration for its actions and not so much for their words.  The people are starting to take the time and observe the events happening around them with a critical eye, because deep in our gut we know something is not right.  A larger number of folks are starting to rediscover the documents that our Founders crafted to protect our individual liberties from tyranny.  Many of us know someone whether it be a family member, friend, or even spouse that has decided to remain ignorant to the facts of what is going on in this country.  For the most part they are good people with good hearts; they just have made a choice to live blissfully in ignorance.  When I approach them with questions on this issue, I hear a broad range of excuses from I’ll cross that bridge when we get there to it’s just two confusing to deal with. I usually respond by saying, well we’re at the bridge now or there’s nothing that’s confusing about liberty and freedom.

So why is this topic so important?  It’s it important because America is changing before our very eyes and we need to reach these people so that the progressives/liberals don’t use them.  What I mean by this is that the left will use the ignorance of these good folks against them in times of crisis.  If the ignorant feel blindsided by events they will look to blame the system, capitalism, the Republic, the Founders and so on.  There will be an opportunity for the left to use the crisis to manipulate the ignorant and justify the usurpation of more individual rights; ignorance will become strength for the left.

This is a challenge that we must face and address. We must diminish this strength for the left by informing the uninformed about liberty, freedom, property rights, limited government, the free market, and how the American spirit can still carry us out of this mess.  How we do this will be different for each of us.  Remember there are many ways to approach a challenge, but only one best way.  Each of you know the best way, you just have to find it within.  Our Republic’s survival just might depend on it.

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Teresa March 28, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Excellent Post!!
    It sounds like you had an awesome grandpa that was a great teacher of life.

    Yes, we must inform the ignorant about the founding of this nation and how all of the items you mentioned are very important and the best way to keep our Republic alive and on the right path. I think it may take some of us fine patriots going out to neighborhoods, talking with the people, and leaving tracks with information about America's foundation and lead them to websites that may help them to understand this as well.

  • Ron Russell March 28, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    Not only are there many ignorant people out there, but a world full of dumb people which one can never change. They are full of dumb ideas that they will take to their graves. That said your goal is a worthy one and worth going after.

  • John Carey March 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Thanks Ron and Teresa for the comments. I do think it is something worth doing. For the most part these people are fence sitters. I know a few that are good people but they just don't want to bother with it. We need to remind them what's at stake.

  • Matt March 28, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    Simply excellent as always John. Your actually bring up some of the things we talk about at CH 2.0 regarding Cognitive Dissonance. People are sensing that something isn't right. It is a gut type of feeling. But, because of a lack of knowledge, they aren't sure where to go, or even what to think of the events that they see unfolding before them. This post should be mandatory reading for such people.

  • John Carey March 28, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Thanks for the comments Matt.

    I really believe we need to act and start informing these folks that if we continue to live with our heads buried in the sand, we risk losing our great republic.

  • The Born Again American March 29, 2010 at 3:56 AM

    Brilliantly simple, so simple even a caveman can understand it… OK, I got carried away…

    I'm truly glad you are on our side, because if not, you would certainly be a force that needed to be reckoned with… They have plenty of smart people, it just boggles the mind that they can't figure this out on their own…

  • John Carey March 29, 2010 at 5:30 AM

    Thank you for you comments and kind words BA. I do believe we have a responsibility to throw the ignorant a line. I also believe like Ron said there are people with dumb ideas that no matter how you state the case will continue to travel down that path. We mist pick and choose our battles and not waste our resources on the ones that will not listen with an open mind.

  • LD Jackson March 29, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    I think you hit on something very important in the first paragraph of this post and that is the reality that there is no free ride. The trouble with a lot of people in our country is that they really do not believe that is true. They really do believe they can get something for nothing and what's more, they believe they are entitled to that something.

    Your folks instilled this ideal in you at a very young age, but our society as a whole has failed to take it to heart. This has resulted in a lot of people who think they are entitled to have said free ride. They seem to be more focused on that than on the real freedoms America has to offer.