So you thought you knew your neighbors. After all you visit with them. Talk sports with them. Have summer cookouts with them. Your kids go to the same schools. You exchange your favorite recipes and share common community concerns with them. You agree that property taxes are too high and government spending is out of control. And then one day you come home from work and see your neighbor’s yard filled with campaign yard signs that support candidates you oppose. In an instant everything you thought you knew about your neighbor changes and immediately impacts the way you now see them.
My guess is that I’m not the only person who has experienced the above scenario. People you thought you knew on a neighborly basis are not the same people in regards to their political ideology. And in a nation that is as politically divided as us this can put a damper on your neighbor barbeques. The reason why is because both sides are so ideologically entrenched and passionate about their beliefs. To be honest every time I look out my living room window and see those signs in my neighbor’s yard I ask myself how they can be so ignorant. I thought they cared about spending and taxes. I thought they cared about the future of our children. I thought they cared about the same things I care about. And yet they support candidates who stand against everything I believe. How can someone be that out of touch? How can someone be that lost?
The reason is because they still want to believe the lie. They want to believe that everything is going to be fine and the candidates they support are selling them that sunshine. But what’s far more concerning to me is how do I get past this? How do I get past knowing that my neighbor believes in big government solutions over individual empowerment? Do I engage them and if I do will it make things worse? After all these are people I have to live with and see every day. Or do I just respect their opinion as wrong as I believe it is and say nothing? Five years ago I would have chosen the latter. No so much anymore.
If they’re going to display campaign signs of candidates who support big government and reject individual liberty in their yards, they need to be prepared to defend their position. Conservatives have been quiet for far too long on the issues and because of our past silence we are where we are today. We have allowed the progressives/liberals to shape the narrative in America. No more. No more will they or the people who support them get a free pass. If they are so confident about the policies they want implemented, then they should have no problem defending them. I can’t sit on my hands anymore and allow them to advance their anti-liberty agenda one more inch. The line is here and I will not retreat one more inch. The only way we beat this destructive progressive ideology is to engage it. And when people advertise who they support no matter left or right then in my opinion they are setting out the welcome mat for debate. And I’m more than happy to accept their invitation.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!