I know that I may be preaching to the choir a bit here, as those who read every day from my nuggets of wisdom (or madness depending on your leanings) are obviously paying attention and interested in politics. However, there are far too many who aren’t paying attention any more. The election is over. They did their part. They can say they voted and feel they have done their civic duty. I won’t get into the fact that they voted for whichever flawed side without researching so they didn’t actually do their civic duty. But the job isn’t done here, and we need to start rallying some damn troops folks…..
So those of us paying attention these days are getting increasingly worried about what we see in Washington. And that means we are talking to people about it. Unfortunately most of us aren’t Barrack Obama so we don’t have the gift of public speaking in a way that makes people want to listen. And as I talk to people I get shut down over and over for a variety of reasons. So I figured I would share with you the top ten reasons I am rejected when I talk about politics or tell people to pay attention or ask if they read the blog. Without further ado…
Top Ten Things I Hear From Those Not Paying Attention
10. I Just don’t understand politics and stuff, so I can’t participate
9. I can’t stand either party so there is no reason to pay attention
8. There is no place to get credible, unbiased information that I can trust
7. I don’t know where to start
6. It will eat into my reality TV time
5. It really doesn’t affect me
4. There is so much bad news and hatred, that I get stressed out and/or depressed. So I refuse to watch the news anymore.
3. I am just so busy and the kids are my priority
2. It doesn’t matter what I think
1. Your blog posts are just so long and I don’t have time to read them
So I figured I would address each one of these totally lame reasons for not paying attention or participating or discussing politics. After all, you guys know me. I don’t accept things easily just to be “nice”. When things are important, I am gonna throw my bullshit flag and assess the 15 yard penalty. So away we go….
10. I Just don’t understand politics and stuff, so I can’t participate. You aren’t alone. You know once upon a time you didn’t understand raising kids or doing your job either, but they were important so you made sure to take the time to learn. Politics are important enough to force yourself to pay attention. If you don’t think so, see #5.
9. I can’t stand either party so there is no reason to pay attention. In case you haven’t noticed, I am not too fond of them either. However a failure to identify with either of the two parties doesn’t mean that it isn’t important to pay attention. In fact, it means that you are free from the ideological fog that impairs the vision of many of those that do choose one or the other. You will be able to judge issues using logic instead of party lines!
8. There is no place to get credible, unbiased information that I can trust. I used to believe this one too. These days that just isn’t true. Ask around, come to blogs and talk to folks there. Some will lie but many will point you in honest directions for news. At that point, it comes down to using your brain. For the record I view more biased sites daily than unbiased ones. My logic allows me to see through the bias and determine the issues based on logic. You will too.
7. I don’t know where to start. See #8. There are all kinds of places to start. Don’t let the sheer massive amount of choices paralyze you. May I humbly suggest a certain political blog called Stand Up For America? I heard that blog is the bomb. And he will point you to the right place for you. If you want click contact the author above and contact me. I don’t mind helping.
6. It will eat into my reality TV time. Wow. If only this weren’t the reality of America today. Let me get this straight. The sluts on the Hills and the rigged Idol show and John and Kate plus 8 (my personal fav) are more important than politics. People this reality stuff isn’t even good (except John and Kate). You complain every day about the amount of taxes and the price of gas, but can’t bring yourself to do something about it, starting by turning off Rock of Love 3 (which by the way says tons… this is the third season where we will see Brett find is one true love, only to dump her before season 4 starts).
5. It really doesn’t affect me / It isn’t important. Are you fracking kidding me? It doesn’t affect you? Exactly how much of your paycheck does the government have to take from you before it “affects you”? Apparently the 50-60% they are getting now isn’t enough. How much do you have to pay for gas before it “affects you”? How crappy does the education system you rely on to teach your children have to get? How expensive does health care have to be? How many of your rights have to be taken away? I submit to you that there s nothing more important in the world than politics. It affects EVERYTHING. Church may shape your soul, but politics empties your wallet and sends your children off to war.
4. There is so much bad news and hatred, that I get stressed out and/or depressed. So I refuse to watch the news anymore. This one makes me laugh the hardest. This is a really mature stance to take. Stick your head in the sand. Do you think if you ignore it, it will go away? I just can’t understand this rationale. It upsets you so you will just pretend it doesn’t exist. I will admit that is a lot easier than getting off your ass and doing something about it. And these folks are some of the most adamant as though they have decided to “take control of their lives by tuning out the negativity”. Wake up. You didn’t take control, you just decided to completely relinquish it. While you tune out, they are busy passing laws because they know you aren’t paying attention. Good luck turning them off when they come to collect.
3. I am just so busy and the kids are my priority. Really? The kids are the priority? Well perhaps you aren’t paying attention to how quickly the world we live in is declining. Politics have ruined the schools you send your kids to. It has ruined the economy that your kids will have to survive in. Politics will be the thing that shapes the future of this country, for good or bad. So you choose to not pay attention to the legacy that you are going to leave them. It is like taking all your time to teach them how to fight with a knife. Problem is they are going into a gun fight. You want to take care of your children? Start taking this country back from the politicians.
2. It doesn’t matter what I think. A common answer. I get how you feel. We the People have no power against the politicians. But you are wrong. We do have power, regardless of how Black Flag tries to convince you otherwise. As long as you believe you don’t have any and don’t begin exercising it, they win. What makes you believe that roughly 550 people in Washington have the power to control 303 million Americans? The politicians work for us. And if we all start paying attention and holding them accountable, we would have all the power. We can vote every one of those leeches out of Congress in just one six year span. It is a long road to get there, but it starts with a step. You just have to have the courage to take it. Then spend your time convincing others to come along. A movement starts with an idea, it ends with a revolution.
1. Your blog posts are just so long and I don’t have time to read them. Since I take about three to four hours working on this every day I find this a bit insulting. Let’s review. I run a business. It takes a lot of my time. I am also a full time student. I have a wife who I try to spend time with as much as possible and a teenage son that I talk to at least an hour a day. I love sports so I watch a lot and I have a strange addiction to killing aliens and terrorists on XBox Live. My blog posts, after all my work of gathering information, deciphering, writing, and refining end up somewhere around 1000-1500 words each. This one is on the long side, 1600 words. I just went back up to the top and read the entire thing to this point fairly slowly and made two corrections to spelling. It took me 5 minutes and 34 seconds. Add in typing a quick comment like “you rock USWeapon” or “By paying attention you buy in to the lies and give the evil power” and you maybe spent ten minutes. Ten minutes a day. Most of you spend more time than that thinking about where you are going to go to lunch. It is one less tap of the snooze button. Find a better excuse. Tell me you don’t read it because I am crazy or you hate my writing style. That’s less insulting than “I don’t have time to read it”.
See. You don’t have any excuses left. I hope none of you take this personally. You all know I am a pretty straight shooter and don’t pull punches, so you had to figure if you blew me off on something that I felt was important I would let you know why I thought you were wrong. To everyone else. Memorize these answers. The next time someone tells you they don’t have time for politics, throw your own bullshit flags and get America to wake up. If we fail to do that we are wasting our time.