You don’t need me to tell you that we live in serious and challenging times. Fear and anxiety are mixed with hope and helplessness. But this is no time for being so scared or so divided, or so tense, that you want to tune out the news. I will say this without fear and trepidation, because I am not an enemy of the people, nor do I subscribe to FAKE NEWS. At several recent speaking engagements, I’ve watched people get up and swear that they are so turned off that they want to stop watching TV and reading newspapers, even turning off news radio, which in this family is a grave error if you know what I mean.
The danger is very clear. If you decide to wuss out and go into a news black out syndrome, you are giving the lying, thieving, and dangerous political actors, on all sides, exactly what they want. It allows them to work in the shadows which they love. Power is very seductive. Power without accountability is asking for major league trouble, sapping your power, and getting your butt kicked by the nations’s ultra’s whether they are red or blue. Believe me, the extremists are very close in the tenor of their political messages. It’s either “my way or the highway.” This is why independents or moderates in both parties decide elections.
So, here’s the bottom line of my first online analysis in a long time.
In reaching out for news online or elsewhere, get all sides. Watching or reading only political sites with a singular point of view is as dangerous to you and your loved ones as racing through a stop sign! Ok. That’s an extreme example. but if someone is messing with your healthcare, you could get sick and wind up in the same emergency room as accident victims. If your taxes rise or fall, find out why. Be wary of sites and networks that have just one point of view. It has been refreshing to see CNN, MSNBC, and FOX anchors throw knockout punches at some of the cow chips flying out of the mouths of people in power, as they throw political allegiances aside. Especially powerful have been the fearless Jake Tapper, the independent Shepard Smith, and the political editors at NBC and CBS. Give yourself some real variety, and bookmark some great web sites.
Read and watch with caution. Lies and exaggerations should be fact checked. Whether you are a fan of President Trump, or Elizabeth Warren, hold them up to the highest standards.
The truth is dangerous, but refreshing. As Jack Nicholson said in the great movie A Few Good Men, as he grilled Tom Cruise, …” the truth, you can’t handle the truth.”
If you can handle the truth, get involved. Don’t black out the news and leave your mind vacant.
If you think Mr. Trump is costing us too much money for his Florida trips, tell him to go to Camp David. If you are fed up with the quite lame Democratic leadership, let em have it. If you think Iowa’s Congressman Steve King’s racial bent is hurting the country, let his office know. Come to be an equal opportunity critic, because there are excesses on both sides of the aisle.
In the coming days. just do yourself a favor. Get all sides, make a judgment, and speak out, of if you wish, say nothing.
I’ll be writing a few times a week about some key issues facing us.
But for now. I leave you with a question.
Does it bother you that in off-year elections, only ten percent of the voters show up to elect school board members who set your taxes, design curriculum for your children or grandchildren, and sometimes, get involved in religious and political controversies?
Think about that. And please, stay informed. What you don’t know can and will hurt you!!!
And if you live in the Philadelphia region, don’t forget, “two, three, four times a day.”
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