Itís prime political season again and I find myself listening to the spin by the talking heads. Theyíre once again trying to tell me what to think. I must admit it would be easy to just passively accept whatever they say as the truth. I must continually keep my mental motor running to combat this possibility.
Believe it or not, the political establishment wants me to generally accept what I hear is the truth. Their careers largely rest on that. After all, both major parties, at least from the Washington perspective, represent much of the same. Acceptance of that is what keeps them in power.
Now I donít want anyone to think that I am saying that Romney and the Republicans and Obama and the Democrats are one and the same. I am well aware that there is great difference between the two. Further, I know that one leans to less government while the other sees government as the answer to everything.
But I submit that something is clearly missing. And I think a large portion of what is missing is the truth. You see, most of us out here in flyover America think that our politicians and our business leaders are really afraid to face the real problems. Everyone is, after all, spending lots of time on slogans and blaming the other side for everything.
If it makes a good sound bite and people are sold on it, who cares? Let somebody else worry about it. And this approach has been applied for generations and look at the mess it has gotten us into.
Today we have unimaginable deficits while spending money that doesnít really exist. Can anyone spell bankruptcy?
Crime is not effectively combated or terrorism effectively stopped due to our concern over racial profiling and diversity. Seriously, why canít we look for a suspect based upon appearance matching the crime? Why do we sit idly by while granny is being body searched at the airport?
Our educational system is a disaster despite the huge outlays of money. Hey, Mister Employer, are you looking for a young employee with a degree who still canít effectively read and write?
The list could go on and on but the result is that we are all big losers. We are spinning our wheels while the country begins to emulate Ancient Rome.
So what is the answer? Basically it is that we all must take the time to be informed and ask the difficult questions necessary to find the truth. We must all spend the necessary energy to learn about our candidates and make wise voting decisions. And if all the candidates are inadequate, we must work to find better replacements.
Really, do we want America to be average or even less? I donít think so.
So how do we do this? Well, one important component is found in our nationís Christian heritage. It lies in the concept of free will which was a gift given to us by God. It is apparent in the capitalistic system that good choices, based upon free will, lead to success. Likewise, poor decisions usually lead to failure.
Free will gives us the opportunity to make our own choices. It also puts the responsibility for our actions clearly on our own shoulders.
But it also requires something more from us. It requires us to evaluate things, to look at right and wrong, and to use our God-given brain to do the hard work necessary to reach good conclusions. Our answers lead to our outcome.
It is the opposite of political correctness and the ďjust go along to get alongĒ mindset because it doesnít allow us to be complacent. It requires mental curiosity to challenge what we see about us and continually search for the truth.
So as this critical political year goes forward, we must question what we see and hear. Donít be afraid to rock the boat. Rational questioning and thought will help us reach the right answer, an answer that will be good for all of us and renew our great land.
Remember, Jesus Christ and His disciples asked questions which challenged leaders of the time. The fear that He created in those power brokers ultimately led to His horrific death and the brutal deaths of many of His followers. Yet He lives on after all of those false prophets have long been forgotten.
Fight for the right. We must search our hearts and question those things that we know to be wrong. Join with like-minded Americans. Let the candidates know what we think and what we expect. Make no exceptions. And then vote for the candidate who best personifies our values and is willing to live be them. Only our initiative and inner strength will return America to its greatness.