Brian T Shirley

Brian T Shirley
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Don't Double Down on Stupidity!

Here's the latest "Truth be Told" post. I'm hoping that folks will read this with an open mind no matter what side of the fence they are on. I'm not trying to convert anyone, just asking people to hold their elected officials to task and really think about where they want this country to go.

                                              Don't Double Down on Stupidity
  Each week on the "Pros & Cons" segment, which can be heard on The Weekly Telegram Radio Show, Will Roberts, Johnny Hotshot and myself try to wade through the social/political muck to search for an answer. I brought up a point that I will expound on today as I thought it an important one. During our discussion last week about the lack of a dialogue politically that made sense, Will asked me what my solution is. I told him that it lies in our hands, the voters of this country. We need to hold the people we elect accountable to what we expect from them and we need to raise our expectations.
 We have people in office, that are and have been re-elected who :A) Have been caught doing drugs, crack for example. B) Have been caught not paying their taxes, some of these folks are at the FEDERAL level. C) Have been caught violating ethics laws or using campaign funds illegally. D) All of the above or worse.
 Why these idiots keep getting elected is not a mystery, we have some ignorant, uneducated folks in this country who believe the lies these politicians tell them. These voters are one dimensional in their political views and can't see past their own ideas to a greater good. What's really crazy is these folks may be more open to voting for someone who casts themselves as a "Progressive", which is more of an oppressive ideology that says if you don't agree with me you're a " fill in the blank".
Back to my main point, which is going on right in front of us as I write this column. When we vote for someone, especially on a national level, we are giving them a very special gift. This gift is a sacred power, if you will, to somewhat control our destiny as a nation. We, as a voting public, have not taken this power seriously in a long time. That's why these people in Washington are acting the way they are. They see the voting public as a bunch of uniformed, walking dollar bills who are to be controlled, pandered to and shushed when they get a little mouthy. These politicians see themselves as better than the common person. They pass stupid legislation like the ban on certain size soft drinks in New York. They know what's good for us whether we like it or not, unless it's an election year, then they'll ask 'What do you want?".
We have doubled, tripled, and quadrupled down on these fiends for way to long. I've heard people say, "Well, you have to be in the House or the Senate for years before you can get anything done" and that may be true, but it's a bunch of crap . If we voted every incumbent out, those years would change to months in a heartbeat. I've said it before and I'll write it again, WE HAVE THE POWER! We have forgotten why and how to use it. Why, is for the good of the WHOLE country. How, is as ONE united people for a common cause. That cause should be to make sure this country still operates as a free and open society without an over burdensome federal government. When we trust someone with our vote and they betray that trust, they should be regulated to the private sector for the remainder of their lives. If another politician lies to us concerning his opponent during an election, he should be shown the door as well. I'm not going to say anything in this post about what's going on in this country right now as it relates to what I have just written. If you can't figure it out and you don't agree, you're the problem. No matter what side of the fence you find yourself, we all need to police our neighborhood.
It's real simple as is most of life's solutions, it's just a question of do we have the guts to do it. We must do a better job as a voting nation holding our elected officials to task. Truth Be Told, if we do not raise our standards when it comes to who we vote for, they sure as hell will not raise themselves!