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Informed Voter: When trust collides with reality

When Barack Obama was elected in 2008 people threw their support behind hope and change.  They placed their trust in Obama to usher in a new age of bipartisanship and unity.  After all he was the man said who said we were all Americans no matter whether we came from blue or red states.  People were inspired by his words and believed he would reduce the debt, save the economy, end the wars, and change the way business was conducted in Washington.  They chanted “yes we can” and embarked on a quest to get the man who would be America’s savior elected.

Not only was Obama elected but the people gave him a super majority in congress to achieve his goal of the fundamental transformation of America.  Four years later we now know what the President’s vision of fundamental transformation is; massive debt, diminished America standing in the world, the takeover of the healthcare system, loss of our triple “A” credit rating, high unemployment, high energy and gas prices, the massive printing of money, and a nation that is more divided than united.  This is the transformational reality we’re living in each day.  And this reality flies in the face of the hope and change Obama promised to bring to Washington and America.

People feel this reality when they try to stretch a dollar that no longer has the value it did four years ago.  They feel this diminished purchasing power in the increased price of food, goods, and gas.  They trusted the President and his party to change the tone in Washington.  They trusted the President to make things better and the reality is things are far worse for the middle class.  Those we placed our trust in can’t even agree on passing a budget and a budget is the first step you must take to get your spending under control.  It creates parameters an organization must stay within when they conduct business.  When reality is in conflict with the trust we’ve bestowed upon our elected officials, Americans are in conflict with themselves.

No one likes to feel duped or taken advantage of and that’s exactly what has happened.  You’re not alone because politicians have been making empty promises to the voters since the Roman Republic.  People want to believe the lie because the truth can be a hard pill to swallow.  We want the unicorn/rainbow version of the truth because it’s easier to relinquish our responsibilities and turn them over to a single point of contact so we can blame someone else when it all comes apart.  This is why we continue to reelect senators and representatives who sell us this sunshine version of the truth.  It makes us feel better about us and removes any responsibility we have as citizens.  This must change.

We must stop placing all our trust in politicians who will say and do anything to hold on to power.  We must empower ourselves and take the time to research the issues.  We must stop listening to the talking points and the media and become informed on the issues that matter to all of us.  When you are informed, campaign ads become less effective because it’s harder to pull the wool over the eyes of an informed voter.  Calling Mitt Romney a liar just doesn’t get it done because you already have the facts behind his tax plan.  And this is a place I would think most voters would like to be because an informed voter is indeed dangerous to the status quo.  We have the power to change this reality we live in and change it we will.  The more Americans who step up and take responsibility for their vote, the better America will be.  And that’s a goal worth achieving

Liberty forever, freedom for all!

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  • Silverfiddle October 8, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    I fear it will not change until we go bankrupt and hit bottom, and even then, the bastards who bankrupted us will convince enough sheeple to follow them in “fixing” things
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    • John Carey October 8, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      I tell people that all the time Silver. I say because people are so misinformed or uninformed about the issues that when it all comes down they will look to the same people who created the problem to fix it. And they will be none the wiser for it. You already saw it with the housing crisis. The politicians who created the housing crisis shifted the blame on the banks. And because the people were uninformed they bought into the deception.
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  • Steve Dennis October 8, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    This is a great post John and you are right; people need to get informed about the issues. I think that too many people make their decisions based on the campaign commercials. They see it on TV so they believe it is true without delving deeper into the issues.
    The founders believes that the informed electorate would always hols politicians accountable and that is why there were no term limits in the constitution, it is time for us to become informed once again. If we do we will never make this mistake again.
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    • Steve Dennis October 8, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Sorry for all those typos John, I should have proof read what I wrote. :)
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      • John Carey October 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        That alright Steve, I understood what you were saying. You are 100 percent correct when you say that most people make they’re decision on who they’re going to vote for based on campaign ads. How shallow is that. It takes a computer and 5 minutes of your time to examine an ad to determine if they’re telling the truth. Something so easy to do and yet so many people take to intellectually lazy route.
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        • Steve Dennis October 9, 2012 at 7:17 PM

          So true John, too many people are either too lazy or too busy to investigate what they see in the commercials, and while I understand that people lead busy lives that is no excuse because all the info is a click away from them. It isn’t like the old days when your only point of reference is what was in the newspapers or on television.

  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire October 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Ignorance is the bane of all democracies. It seems that otherwise good people, have very short attention spans. They grab onto soundbites that feed their superstitions and vote accordinly. We have a hell of a lot of work cut out for us to change the way people behave and think.
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  • Bunkerville October 9, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Very well said. The facts are Obama has nothing to run on, but it is questionable how many appreciate the fact. They got their Obama phone, what more could you want to achieve in life?
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    • John Carey October 9, 2012 at 11:56 PM

      How sad was that Bunker. American citizens getting excited about voting for a candidate because they got a phone along with their government cheese. And we wonder why the gap continues to grow between the rich and poor in this country. Because more people are satisfied with government scraps than being successful.
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  • LD Jackson October 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Well done, John. It really is that simple. As an informed voter, we have all the power we need to direct our country in the right direction. If we refuse to do our civic duty and choose to remain uninformed, we are just as guilty of digging this hole as the people we elected and sent to Washington. We would all do well to heed your words.
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