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This country, like all human beings, is imperfect.  When it comes to the promise that “all men are created equal”, this country is still trying to live up to it.  We will never get to that point if we allow those in “charge” and the media to take our eyes off the ball.  Here is a simple formula: it’s not about race unless it’s about race.  Sounds simple enough, right?  What are the Tea Parties about?  They are about individuals versus the collective.  This includes issues like taxation, healthcare, and government spending.  Where is race involved in this?  Nowhere.  IT IS NOT THERE.  But opponents of the Tea Parties treat everything like a “Where’s Waldo?” book.  They search everywhere for Waldo, but this time he isn’t wearing a striped shirt, he’s wearing a white hood.  If you search hard enough you can magic something from nothing.  People do it all the time.  People do it in relationships of all kinds.  “He’s doing this.  I just know it.”

America is a good place.  It’s filled with good people.  Why can’t people just let it be good.  Why do you have to find bad where there is no bad?  Please, please, please, let us fulfill the promise that “all men are created equal.”  It’s not about race.  Why do you make it so?  Let us live our lives and co-exist as human beings.

This man brings tears to my eyes.

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Dennis Prager has spoken and written about this.  We are now in a civil war in America.  Debate is futile.

This civil war is non-violent, thankfully, but still nasty.  This civil war is being prodded by those in charge, maybe unknowingly.  Critical thinking is at a low point in America right now.  Atticus Finch famously talked about getting inside another man’s skin and walking around in it when talking to his daughter Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.  That is part of critical thinking.  It is almost non-existent in American politics today.  Nobody wants to hear why you believe what you believe.  They just want to throw blanket statements at you in order to defeat you in the court of public opinion and maybe browbeat you into just giving up.  Trust me, I’m there now.  A simple statement about how much government spends versus how much they take in has gotten me comments about being racist and myopic.  Facts be damned.  Debate is futile.  Facts and argument are countered with talking points.

This civil war is defined: the collective versus the individual.  That’s it.  All other topics are hanger’s on at this point.  This is the bedrock of the argument and the bedrock of America.  If this civil war is lost, it won’t matter what happens with immigration, tax policy, education, or anything else.  The collective versus the individual.  Get focused on that.

You will be called every name in the book if you stand up against the collective.  It is clear that some will stop at nothing.  They will focus away from the actual issue by calling you names and even staging controversy.  There is no honor and no shame.

Do you want to fight?  Because this is going to get worse.  When November comes and the Democratic Party loses a lot of power, they will double down.  It will get worse.  So if you want to fight, you have to know how to fight.  Here’s how:

  • Stay the course.  Remember that this is about American principles.  It is about the excellence of the individual.  You can’t have a great society without a great individual.  You can’t have a great individual when government takes from the individual.  Individual freedom to create excellence is moral.  That’s it.  Focus on that.  After this is won, then we can worry about other issues.  Don’t get bogged down.  Don’t let those in charge take your focus off the real issue.
  • Know the facts and the history.  Debate is futile, but if you do it correctly you can stand tall and it will trickle down to a few who are listening.  Ask relevant questions.  Stay on the high road.  Use facts, history, and political philosophy.  If they don’t answer the questions, repeat them.
  • Be prepared to defend yourself with video.  People are actually talking about infiltrating Tea Party events to make it look like Tea Partiers are racist.  Again, this is to take the eyes of the nation off the actual issue.  Bring your cameras and recording devices.  If someone takes the low road, handle it with class and make it clear that those kind of actions are not tolerated.  Stay on the issue.
  • Keep up your spirit.  You will probably get discouraged.  I’ve been there too.  Well, if it’s worth it to you, stay in the fight no matter what.  Confide in those you trust and lean on shoulders that are there for the leaning.  We are in this together.

Remember, if you take the low road, they win.  Stay strong and stand for truth.  That is what wins the day.

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I have to apologize on the occasion when I get a little short with some specific comments.  I usually take the high road and actually write about doing just that.  I firmly believe that taking the high road and sticking to the meat of an argument is the only way to change minds and influence.  When I get challenging comments on here, I will almost always have a back and forth.  I publish nearly all of the comments I get.  Sometimes my patience does run out.  When a comment is just an insult, my patience will sometimes run out.

The best thing may be to just ignore these comments, but I now believe another approach is needed.  Politics in this country is now a game.  It’s a power game.  Our elected officials play it and they play it on at an immoral level.  I spoke of this already in respect to the charges of racism during a tea party rally.  Our elected officials want you to take your eye off the ball.  They want you to not do research.  They want you to just relay talking points and not read an opposing view.  I would encourage everyone to read opposing views.  My views have changed over time due to reading and research.  It’s a good thing to grow. 

Don’t remain stagnant.  Learn and understand why you really believe something.  But our system is not set up for that.  You have to work for that.  Our system is set up for you to repeat jargon: “party of ‘no'”, “tax breaks for the rich”, “compassionate conservatism.”  What do these things even mean?  So do your research.  Welcome honest disagreement.  There is no shame to holding a view that you learn is wrong or you come to disagree with in the end.  The only loser in this current game is all of us.

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Dear Congress,

You hold a special position and trust.  The United States government is a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”  Your power is given to you because “we the people” consent to let you govern.  This is an amazing trust.  In return, you are charged with upholding The Constitution.  A major part of The Constitution is the right of free speech.  This is one of the rights that acts as the glue holding our republic together.  Imagine our history without the right of free speech?  Even if you don’t agree with the speech, you are charged to protect it.  In politics we expect disagreement.  We also expect civility.

On March 20, 2010 members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked through a crowd of protestors on their way to vote on the healthcare bill.  Shortly after, the Speaker of the House walked the same route.  Following this walk, charges were made against the civilian protestors.  The charges include use of racial epithets and spitting.  These are charges that nobody should take lightly.   At the same time, these are charges that shouldn’t be made lightly.  Despite a sea of people with modern technology, including Congressional aides, there exists no evidence of what Congressional members charged.  There is no video evidence.  There is no police evidence.  The events that follow make no sense in the wake of the charges.  With the ability of anyone to record anything, is it possible that no video would exist?  Would the Speaker of the House be allowed to walk through a possibly violent crowd?

We are all human beings.  Human beings make mistakes.  If someone in the crowd shouted epithets that needs to be addressed.  We need to distance ourselves from that.  This argument is about government’s relationship to citizen and the individual versus the collective, it has nothing to do with race.  At the same time, we need to be sure that the trust between Congress and citizen was not breached.  We need to make sure that charges were not falsely made to score political points.  We are asking for either proof or a public apology.  This is directed at members of Congress who made the charges and the media who followed up on those charges. 

The United States should not be divided through false accusations from government against the citizen.  Disagreement is natural.  But in order to thrive, we need honesty and trust.  It is said that money and power corrupts.  That’s not true.  Lack of character corrupts.  It’s time to get character back.

P.S. We live in a society that says you are innocent until proven guilty.  The burden of proof is on the accuser.  Any silence on this issue will be evaluated by the people accordingly.

If you agree, please comment using your name.  Also, please contact your member of Congress and express your concern.

Thank you.

Best,

Agrippa

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Immoral Government

Your government is currently not working for the American people.  They are not currently focused on their original objectives.  They are pushing their own agenda and doing it by pitting Americans against other Americans.  The government that does this is an immoral government.  People protesting against the government is allowed in America.  It is something that should be encouraged.  Our current government is trying to isolate citizens who don’t agree with them by leveling false and disgusting charges of racism at them.  Rather than discuss the underpinnings of the argument, they want you to take your eye off the ball and look down at those in the Tea Parties.  The main stream media is going along for the ride.  Immoral.

Breitbart takes them down.

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