Published On: Thu, Mar 1st, 2012

A lesson confirmed but painful to realize

I have been perplexed by the sudden death of Conservative activist, Andrew Breitbart, at the tender age of 43. Natural causes, they say. I say, what’s natural about dying at 43 when one appears to be healthy? In Breitbart’s passing, I have read many nasty, insulting comments by his opponents, just as I’ve read some respectable, supportive comments towards the man and his family, from all his friends, and even a few foes. But the opponent’s nastiness is just a confirmation that Andrew Breitbart has been and is still correct, even in death, about those opponents and what they believe and how they behave.

All that brings me to more serious thought. For many years not only in politics but also in church and in religious settings and matters, I have witnessed people who are sitting around waiting on “they and them”, because that’s who will always take care of things. Sort of the same people who are regarded as “they will take care of it” and/or “if it weren’t for them”, things would be…fill in the blank. Many people are too consumed in trying to put out those little flash fires all around the place while ignoring the fact that their own front lawn is ablaze, and a threat to the rest of their property and home.

Maybe I should paint a picture here. I will, but I will use words instead of paint. Many people are caught up in many different agendas, politically and spiritually. Things that are happening on a larger scale than what is happening locally. Their concern is appreciable, but their deeds and thoughts aren’t a drop in the bucket as to what could be accomplished if they would focus that same energy and effort on the things at home. For instance. When it comes to politics, there’s not much you can do on the national level except vote. At the local level, you can help to pick and choose candidates, volunteer, be active in helping them get elected. I don’t mean to be a wet blanket, but all this talk bout things outside this area, well, who is going to hear your voice and respond to you? Having meetings amongst yourselves with like-minded people and sending out news flashes is not partaking in the process, nor promoting anything, other than, a mutual admiration society.

This upcoming Primary Election should have your undivided attention. You should take the time to study each candidate that is running. The incumbents, you should know their history like they’re part of you’re family. It’s that important. If you’re not aware of any of this, find someone who is, someone whom you can trust to be honest with you. Look back at the incumbents and see what they have or have not accomplished, how they have behaved, and if they have been better stewards to a select few or to everyone. Look at how long they have been in office. Look at where they are from. Should we have 4 out of 5 Commissioners from the same town? Not much of a portrait of equal representation, is it? There are many more questions one should ask. Talk with the candidates themselves. Make them look you in the eye as you converse with them.

Personally, I’m a firm believer in term limits. However, most elected officials would not agree with that. That’s where the people should take control. If the citizens would register to vote, keep up with what’s going on, who their elected officials are, and what they’re doing, rather than keeping up with who is the latest and greatest that might the next idol. then, maybe then, things would turn around. But, as I recall a preacher once said: “if I keep on thinking like I’ve been thinking, then I’ll keep on being like I’ve been being.”

Truer words have never been spoken.

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