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“I Don’t Know What We’re Yelling About!”

Time to stop yelling.

In the movie “Anchorman” Broadcast dinosaurs Ron Burgundy, Brian Fantana, and Champ Kind argue over the “virtues” of allowing a woman to anchor the evening news in the 1970s. They shout loudly at their station manager airing their objections before Steve Carrell’s hapless Brick Tamland yells, “I don’t know what we’re yellling about!” It’s a funny scene, but an illustration that perhaps the smartest person in the room is the one who has no idea why they’re complaining.

Fast forward to 2013, I had a similar experience as I was talking to someone whom I had never discussed public policy with before who I agreed with. This person however, didn’t seem to understand that I agreed with him, as he shouted at me that he was correct and didn’t understand that I agreed with him.  It is an all too common problem with people trying to promote ideas that have made America successful (without the sexism, sorry to people who’d love to pin that on us), we seem to have a lot of people yelling about what makes America great which is understandable. The fact of the matter is, Americans don’t really seem to get it, they keep voting for the same candidates and the same policies over and over and over. Believe me, I live in California, where anyone with half a brain can pick up the ballot, look up the arguments, and determine what is going to harm our state is probably what is going to win.

Shouting, yelling, screaming, no matter how true or false (as the Anchormen in the film hilariously were) will never ever get your point across. Leonardo DaVinci once said, “Where there is shouting there is no true knowledge.” Indeed, when you shout, yell and scream all people hear is the tone and cadence of your voice. Should that be the case if you have something significant to say? Probably not, but it’s the reality and it may be the reason we keep on losing.

The truth is, the people of this country need an education on what this country is all about. They need to be taught American principles about conditions that create hard work, integrity, ingenuity, and creativity. I understand it is incredibly frustrating to try, face rejection, and try again, but we must! It’s important for the future of this country.

Cross-posted at The America Project

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