“You know, sometimes, when they say you’re ahead of your time, it’s just a polite way of saying you have a real bad sense of timing.” George McGovern
Taking a look at the state of events, actions, and atrocities occurring in the world today it is an apparent necessity that people should not rest lightly on their corpulent derriere’s and perform some basic deeds of daring do. Discussions around dinner tables and conversations while at coffee abound and, perhaps, many solutions are gleaned on the state of the union/state/country/continent/world/cosmos that never see the light of fruition. This begs the question: why?
Perchance this is a function of ego and esteem. “I am nobody so why cause trouble?” Maybe it is simply sloth. Apathy comes to mind. Languor and its ensuing lethargy might be the cause. Do we suffer at the hands of governmental inactivity? Does the dormancy of ideas grow in the face of torpidity? Inertia and indolence appear twins in the collective consciousness of the average citizen. Do we just not care past the identification phase of the question?
Not if one spends any time watching Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, or an Americans average local nightly news. There is action abounding. It is not a land, this news media, of laziness, listlessness, or lassitude, but of impudence, impertinence, or absolute audacity. There are certainly events that require reporting and must be known. The issue is the manner in which these items get narrated. It is not enough to simply inform the public because…a modest re-counting of facts does not allow for the agenda an individual news agency has seen fit to attach to the business of the news.
We are forever at the mercy of opinions and punditry absent ideals of veracity, validity, authenticity, candor, or reliability. We gather opinions, views, and standpoints by what we see and hear without the first thought of consequence, or corollary. The news is bereft of truth and corpulent with falsehood, and fiction. It is akin to the outrageously irrelevant statistics a baseball announcer will spout while waiting for the next batter to come to the plate in a baseball game. “And this hit sets a record for singles hit on a Tuesday after the All Star Break in cities ending in the letter S.”
Now that the identification phase of this piece has been attained, the question to be asked is: what do I do about this Horse Hockey? Well, quite simply, it is to reach back into your primal, racial memories and remember that America is populated by some 300 odd million souls who have the right to announce, articulate and amend things based upon the collective decision of its citizenry. The answer is to get off its collectively corpulent derriere’s and make a difference by expounding on the ideas and ideals gleaned at those discussions around dinner tables and conversations while at coffee.
“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” Confucius
The length to which a point, posture, or politician must be changed is directly proportionate to the amount of dissatisfaction or harm that is being perpetrated on the American people. Recent debate has arisen on the incidence of voter fraud or the perception of such an outrage and occurrence on the second Tuesday of every eleventh month. There seems to be a differing response to this situation. Some would say that it is a critical event while others do not. The truth of this issue is that it is not prevalent in our elections and is not the problem purported by those who tend to endorse RIGHT leaning ideologies. The actual percentage of manifestation has been termed as infinitesimal at best.
What does that speak to by way of veracity and validity in politics? Is it that there are certain citizens who other citizens wish to be absent or denied a place at the polls on that same second Tuesday? Is it that there are no longer well placed individuals in power that can influence or decide the result of an election as in days gone by? Like how a candidate can win the popular vote and not become President due to judicial interference as in the 2000 election in a state whose governor is the sibling of the ultimate winner?
This appears a simple and seldom used example of the point to be made about voter fraud. The current promoters of the so-called voter fraud scandal give the impression that individual cases, regardless of diminutive deceptiveness are a National worry while systematized smoke filled back room deals that result in administrations as corrupt and criminal as in the years 2000-2008 are quite all right.
What is the answer to those who hold discussions around dinner tables and conversations while at coffee. Might be to recognize how they have been lied to and take the action of participating in more discussions around dinner tables and conversations while at coffee and take the results of those conversations to the polls. Perhaps the exercise of reducing those corpulent derrieres by education and engagement in the affairs of the world might help to reduce the risk that major issues we, as a species, face such as political punditry and outright perjuries through the use of fabrications and falsehoods will not be given credence. Would it not be a kinder and gentler world to live in if the electorate were more concerned with veracity than viciousness?
The world we live in that requires participation and energy and not apathy and lethargy. We cannot accept the crimes and corruptions of the news media or the political punditry that infects our very livelihood. We must take the action. Be what is promised us in America. We must be citizens and caretakers of our own destiny.
“…O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8