While this may not have a specific relevancy to current and important political events, I believe it’s relevant simply because it is symptomatic of a broader physiological vacuum that exist in the minds of our society as a whole and manifest in a very tangible way recently for me.
Because of my activities with the Tea Party and other conservative activist groups, my tendency to pull every day conversations to relevant economic and political events, I have been banned from RedState by my family (actually all political websites including watching or reading the news).
It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. Actually, it is pretty funny considering I had a good laugh at the idea that there was some authority that could prevent me from being engaged in the most important political awaking and events of our times. But, being the diplomatic and responsible person I am, I have agreed to do the following for the next 30 days, beginning 2 weeks ago:
- Stay off of political websites.
- Refrain from engaging people in political discussions.
- Take weekends off (from work).
The third condition was established so that I could get some rest and recuperation from a daily grind that is a direct result of the continual economic decline in my life.
Why do I consider this relevant to our current economic and political times? I believe my family is representative of the broader American culture at this writing. Only activists seem to be engaged. But of course we all know here that is not entirely true.
While I admit that I can at times be a bit aggressive when expressing my views (particularly when I’m talking to an idiot), I am never disrespectful, haughty or arrogant in my demeanor. But, none-the-less, my family thinks it is a serious enough problem to to ban me from what they consider as something bad for me.
Whether or not, I actually honor their wishes, I can’t help but believe that there is some critical element missing in their paradigm of current events that prevents them from facing reality. And, it may just be that I have (though my hard work and efforts to shelter them from an ever declining economic environment) enabled them to think as they do.
It’s a microcosm of what’s been going on in this country from one generation to the next. It may take a crisis of unparalleled proportions to wake the stubbornly slumbering.
All that said, I do know the importance of balance in all things. And, I’m sure they draw a parallel between me and chicken little. However, I do believe that this is not a time for passive behavior.
I’d appreciate any thoughts on the subject that might help me to illuminate reality to them.
My two cents…