Saturday, September 22, 2012
It's been a while since I wrote last. I've been doing things. I ran a marathon, went back to school and graduated Summa Cum Laude. I was hoping that it would help me move forward in this abysmal economy but lo it was not to be. In reality, I got tired of the political fight. It's frustrating for a logical, thinking person to try to reason with someone who bases their entire political system of beliefs on how they feel. It isn't that I checked out, it's that I got tired of trying to rationalize with irrational people. I think that there are a lot of people out there like me. You may not have seen as many Tea Party rallies as you did in 2008 and 2009 (which may be because there were a lot of people who wanted to co-opt the movement for their own purposes which turned a lot of people off). However, that doesn't mean that the people who had been awakened to the alarming government overreaches just went to sleep again. When the President of Chick-fil-A's First Amendment rights were under attack, these people came out in droves to support him. The Romney campaign receives money all the time from people who are not Romney fans per se, but that realize that the damage done by the Democratic party both in the United States and around the world will be just a prologue if that jug-eared buffoon gets in again. I hear what the polls are saying and sometimes, I start to worry that the fix is in but then I remind myself that there are about 15-20% of people that are in the U.S. that are neither die hard Republicans or die hard Democrats. As a Libertarian, I fall into that category. My husband is far more center than I am and would be what I consider a true independent. If the choice is for a fiscally conservative Democrat against a big government Republican, the Democrat will get our vote every time (though I would be more conflicted about it than my husband). We are the people for whom the die-hards have to endure billions of dollars worth of ad campaigns during their favorite shows. For every die hard Ron Paul supporter that will choose to stay home rather than vote for Romney or Obama, there are people like me and my husband who will vote for Romney and seek to make changes to our government on a local and statewide level so that someone like Ron Paul can get in next time. We have the power to change our system from the ground up, but we can't do that by watching ABC, NBC, or CBS. Instead, we have to tune into our local news, read the notices about council meetings, town hall events, upcoming bills in the State legislature, and calling in when something pisses us off. I still believe that the majority of people find the OWS crowd, tenured academic schmucks running our Universities, and far-left liberals who want to regulate our behaviors from cradle to the grave anathema to their values and vision of what America is supposed to be. If only 1/2 of us get out and vote in November, this country may just have a chance at survival.