How High Do I Have to Count?

Respectfully, some people need to have the stupid smacked right off their face.

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That didn’t work one bit. Maybe I should have counted to 100!

I troll around on social media outlets fairly regularly and pay close attention to posts and comments concerning politics and government. It is here that we may have the finest example of “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” since the Clint Eastwood movie title was made.

I read a lot of the good ones – links to important news updates, conservative political positions, information on federal and state laws that have been submitted, and the like.

I even read some of the bad ones. “It is wise to know the ways of ones adversaries, is it not?” said the captain of the Russian submarine in the movie “The Hunt for Red October.” It is wise to know what your opposition is thinking and why. When you prepare to debate their argument, you will already know what it is.

It’s the ugly ones that are frustrating to me. These are the ones in which the writer says something so stupid that you have to wonder from where they obtained a high school diploma. The Wal-Mart, perhaps? Surely some educational institution somewhere explained the basics of logic to them. Surely they have a working knowledge of basic government procedures. Surely they ….Surely not! Allow me to offer examples.

A recent post by a political activist advised people to attend a local county commissioners meeting at least once a year. Everyone should understand that it is your county level government that determines how high your property is assessed and taxed each year, the other local taxes and fees that you must pay (think wheel tax and pet licensure), and whether or not there will be a traffic light at the new, well, Wal-Mart. However, one gentleman was apparently unaware of the importance of the local county commission. He said (I copied and pasted rather than attempting to type this horrible grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Please forgive me.),

“so i show up, don’t agree, voice my opinion, get arrested then what? call a lawyer who’s probably one of their cronies? ….i’m cofused is this a call to be involved or marketing?”

Well, sir, no, it is not an advertisement in support of you attending the county commissioner’s meeting. It’s a call to action, to be involved in the process. It’s an invitation extended to you to remind you that the work of local level politicians is important. If you think it is unacceptable for a student to graduate from your local high school without the ability to construct a sentence or paragraph that is grammatically correct, then you need to take it up with your commissioners!

Then there are the people who are under the misguided notion that politicians, apparently at every level, just pass laws on whims with the intention of destroying our nation along the way. There are simply too many examples to share them all.

One of my favorites, though, is when they find out that a particular disagreeable bill is about to come to a vote. I, and many others, will post information about it, advise people to contact their legislators to advise them how to vote, give them the links to find their legislators, and even write 5th grade level synopses of the bills so that the reader will understand it. Basically, I do everything for you except make the call or send the email. Yet, when the vote goes the wrong way, people will complain to no end about our terrible politicians even though they never bothered to contact them! How are legislators, at any level of government, to know how they should cast a vote if we don’t call them? The answer is: they don’t! So the poor representative simply thinks that his constituents will trust his judgment and he should vote his conscience.

These complainers have no concept of the representative government that we have. I elect people to office, not because I trust their best judgment, but because I trust that they will listen to me when I call and email. I don’t trust their judgment, I trust mine. And if they repeatedly don’t vote the way I advise them, I work hard to find someone else to represent me in that office.

If you don’t think this way, too, you are part of the reason why our nation has fallen apart. I can’t elect a great candidate by myself. It will take the silent majority opening their mouths and getting up off their sofas to elect good candidates. To think otherwise and sit on your thumbs during the election cycle is a defeatist attitude. If you won’t be part of the process, then shut up and quit complaining.

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No, it didn’t work then either.

Temerity Dowell

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