2013-11-07 / Letters

No One To Blame But Ourselves

To The Editor:

Every so often, I stumble on to a real gem. In this case, Thomas Sowell wrote, “But such mundane matters often get brushed aside by crusaders out to change the world to fit their own vision. When the world fails to conform to their vision, then it seems obvious to the ideologues that it is the world that is wrong, not that their vision is uninformed or, unrealistic.” I would add that an arrogant ideologue with power is also dangerous. But let’s recall some of those “mundane matters,” shall we?

Fast & Furious, Solyndra, Benghazi, Iran’s nuclear program, IRS targeting conservative groups, the Justice Department spying on journalists, the Syria red line and my personal favorite so far, “If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan ... period!” That is just to name a very few of the most outstanding “mundane matters.” Now for mundane consequences. Entire industries are being regulated out of business, employers will be handing out pink slips or not hiring, insurance companies are dumping coverage on a wholesale basis, the world sees us as a flimsy paper tiger, officials are lying or just taking the fifth, the national debt is out of control and good people are dead because of a stinking, rigid agenda and the culture it created.

But that ship has sailed and we really have no one to blame but ourselves. Now, we worry and wonder if all this will continue until the republic collapses and the last of our freedoms are handed over to the government. Now, we worry and wonder if there is any way to turn it around.

I think I heard the basic problem on a recent round-table show, recently. One of the participants suggested that conservatives think liberals are stupid and liberals think conservatives are mean. If that is indeed the case, I can see why most political arguments are reduced to shouting matches and nothing is resolved. All of us though, have to see that while we’re shouting at each other, the boat is sinking. And that seems to be the key. Simple logic dictates that we must find a way to save the boat. We’re not being mean. We just don’t want to drown.

So, how do we sell the concept? It was apathy that brought us here to begin with. The extreme left and the extreme right already have their minds made up. Apathetics by definition don’t. Imagine what would happen if between now and next November we become familiar with the issues and made it clear to every apathetic we can get next to, that apathy has gone out of style. It’s just not cool anymore.

Bill Watson

Hustontown

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