Let me ask you a couple questions. Just how much input do you believe you really have pursuant to who gets elected? How much do you really believe your vote counts and/or makes a difference pursuant to policy? Are you looking at this election cycle and feeling that you’re being manipulated to vote for someone you really don’t want? Are you asking yourself why this is happening and feeling helpless to do anything about it? Are you feeling that no matter what you do the outcome of elections is decided by others who are unseen and unknown?
If you are feeling like any or all of the above, the first thing to realize is that you are not alone in your feelings. The next thing you must realize is that you are not powerless. The Constitution given us the greatest of individual power when it’s used as a collective, but we cannot be afraid to use it.
But, specific to that point, I am committed to the belief that the only way to exercise our power, is to exercise it. We must start thinking for ourselves and stop letting others think for us. That means we must stop being afraid of the consequences of our acting in accord with our consciences.
How many times have you heard professional coaches, right after they designed a play and the end result was it didn’t work as planned and their team loss? Sometimes it results in the loss of a championship game, but during post game interview, when asked if he would use that play or make that call again in the same situation – the coach says yes he would, because it was the right play/call and that he would do it again without hesitation.
Often the coaches are harshly criticized for their decisions, but they stand by their decisions and the next season or so they win the championship. I could site similar examples, but here’s my point.
One of my oft repeated sayings is: “you cannot be afraid to lose if you want to win.” The reason so many feel helpless, is because party hierarchies want us to feel that way. They don’t care about us, they care about retention of power or regaining power. We are nothing more than the pawns and worker bees needed to make that happen – and they want it like that.
Sometimes change takes longer than we want, but there can be no change if we do not undertake to make same a reality. That means making a decision to do what is right and doing it. Success is not always immediate. It wasn’t at the founding of this great nation, it wasn’t in the great wars, it wasn’t with the invention of the advances in medicine, it wasn’t with civil rights. But, because a few people stood on principle, eventually more people enjoined them and victorious change became a reality.
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We have the ability to change things, but change doesn’t come without courage of convictions. It is the ability to manipulate our convictions that those pulling the strings count on. The question that each of us must answer is how long will we allow this to happen. Keep in mind that those who fought for independence did not have the support of a majority of the people. They were ridiculed and looked upon by some as the traitors to the Crown. But they stood on their convictions and America was born.
Doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity, not success. We won’t realize change and a return to being governed under the auspices of the Constitution, led by men who value the Constitution, until we demand same. Those pulling the strings and those in office have no incentive to change until they realize beyond a shadow of doubt, that we are serious about our convictions.