Friday, July 16, 2010

I’ve had an epiphany.

I recently enjoyed a family reunion with my parents and all my siblings. It was the first time in years since I have gone away for the weekend without internet access. Honestly, the time went so fast and we were so busy, I hardly noticed, but it was a wonderful reprieve from news & politics, even though I love to keep my nose in both. It gave me a break and enabled me to step back. And it helped me to think a bit on how I want to approach things, how I am perceived by others, and how I perceive them, politically speaking.

I am a little overzealous concerning political matters. To know me in day-to-day life, you would probably not expect this. I am quiet, thoughtful, gentle in nature. But my sensibilities are very sensitive and easily offended by arrogance or injustice, both qualities we see a lot of these days. So I am quite easily offended by what is happening politically, and I find myself unable to keep from speaking out. My sensibilities are offended not only by this president’s policies, but also by the arrogance of his personality. Especially his penchant for lying.

Yet, I do know that my zealousness turns people off. Oddly, it doesn’t so much turn off the people who don’t agree with me, it’s the people who are complacent and consequently unaware who find my political passion tedious or tiresome. Regarding the epiphany, I realized I won’t change any minds. I’m not going to change the mind of a liberal, and if you are complacent, you will only look upon me as strident and avoid me.

It does little good for me to trumpet the failures of this administration. While it is staggering to see how much our country has changed in the last 18 months, it seems utterly useless to try to point out what is happening. Because liberals will not believe it anyway, and complacent people are too complacent to see it.

I believe it is more profitable to remind people how wonderful our country is, and why it is so wonderful. Better to educate ourselves anew with the richness of our American history, to know what the constitution says and what it means, to learn and teach our children the truth about the founders of this great nation, to remind them of the freedoms we have enjoyed these many years.

I think perhaps this is why people are complacent, why they don’t realize for themselves how dire the situation is or how quickly our freedoms are being taken away. I don’t want to think they don’t care. I have heard that the reason history repeats itself is because people forget. Perhaps more accurately, through the expunging and rewriting of history, they never knew important facts in the first place.

So, let’s learn! Let’s be wowed by how our country was founded. Let’s make sure we know our history. Let's be proud of our heritage.

Then, and only then I think, will the majority of us realize the importance of working, fighting, to safeguard our freedoms.

5 comments:

  1. Hi Pam, I can understand your frustration, but you are right about changing anyone's mind. Whether it is politics or something else.

    We do live in the greatest nation in the world, I can say that because I have seen a small portion of the world and I know the freedoms we take for granted. It saddens me to see where and what is happening in America. I am in constant prayer that people will open their eyes and hearts.

    It was good seeing another post from you. Hope all is going well with you and your family. Hope Molly is back 100%.

    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  2. Things are going well, Cindy, thanks for thinking of us. :) And I am happy to report that Molly is near 100%! We are so thankful and excited about that. It's been fun watching her feel and eat normally again. :)

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  3. I found your site using the “next blog” feature of Blogger. What a way to pass the time; you never know what you’re going to get!

    I’m rather conservative, but I live in a city that’s quite liberal (Rochester, NY). I’ll discuss my faith in Christ anytime, but I’m reluctant to discuss politics. I think that’s how a lot of people are: reluctant. Maybe that translates to complacency, the term you use. Many, though, are starting to wake up and see that the country has started to go down the dangerous road of socialism.

    I’ve created a blog for my church (Parsells Avenue Community Church) and I call it Beechwood Cross (http://beechwoodcross.blogspot.com). My July 4th entry, “What Makes America Great?” outlines the three things that enable us to have freedom in this country: Constitution, capitalism, and Christianity. I think these are also the themes you’re alluding to in your epiphany entry.

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  4. Did you see "The Monument"? Very good.

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  5. Shirley, I haven't. Do you have a link or more info?

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