Making people and ideas findable
Rabble Rousers definitely use explosive language to incite people to join their agenda and vote for them and unfortuntaly there are still racists. ( Birthers should have known the Dems would have vetted Obama.) But above all, I think the Tea Party and the "Take America Back" advocates are reactionaries to the politics and policies of "Change" that engulfed the last presidential election, especially since the most obvious and reported on change for the average voter since 2008 has been the loss of jobs, homes and capital of so many people. So, I think it was just a sound bite designed to compete with the 'change' sound bite.
The majority of voters want better lives, more control over their lives, sound and responsible governance. Other elections in the past have been full of the same kind of rhetoric. And remember, the level of greed, expoitation and dishonesty on the part of major banks and Wall Street that brought down our economy made average Americans feel helpless and angry. (why I am an advocate of regulation) Anger like electricity seeks the easiest channel.
Or perhaps they just want to "take the country back" from those who are governing now because they believe they can govern better - that's probably the gist of it.
Great discussion. I think "Take Back Our Freedom" should be the call to action for every American.
I'm not a well versed debater when it comes to politics and ignorantly voted in the past. I think we as a nation should be focused on eliminating ignorance and hate. It is my belief that the media and political parties tend to embrace and breed ignorance.
Even at corporate level the saying is heard "treat them like mushrooms - keep them in the dark and feed them sh**"
It is too bad we can't re-educate people using the Internet in subject areas like government and economics so individuals that want to make a difference and contribute can do so from a firm foundation of un-biased knowledge. Couple that with the strength of social media and the wisdom of respected leaders engaging them, you would have an informed force to be reckoned with.
Just a few thoughts...
Peace & blessings,
Nice, James Edwin. Thanks for adding to the discussion. During a discussion about the budget debate on FB last week, Jim Morgan suggested I check out the Drudge Report for sane, practical info. I check out www.congress.org and Bnet, Mauldin, WSJ, and others. For last week's discussion, I also googled 'us federal debt as a percentage of GDP' and found a wealth of info and charts.
Of course we know stats can be just as confusing and mis-informative as an op ed and are often coaxed and massaged like Anderson CPAs working on Enron books.
Somewhere in between the devil and the deep blue sea (read the angry mob and the wall flowers) , is the truth about the best way to proceed. Much easier if all the truth tellers and whistle blowers were at one site.
BIG THX to ZACH for restarting this discussion.
1. the Dems; trying to create opportunities for themselves in a different direction
2. nothing, that's why we have checks and balances
3. Clinton left office with a surplus, no war, balanced budget, higher taxes
4. No, though they sometimes get my attention, people who don't know history and mis-state facts don't represent me, no matter how funny, and/or frustrating they are.
5. impossible without total, planetary spiritual awakening