The tide of change has hit America, but it is not what President Obama or the Liberal Congress members had expected. Progressive and Socialistic legislation have ignited a backlash of American public opinion, which has caught them unaware. Or has it?
When under President Bush, amnesty for illegal immigrants was foisted upon the voters and they resoundingly said no. Under President Clinton health care reform fell flat on its' face after the people said no. Under President Reagan that Air Traffic Controllers Union was broken and it made our skies safer, yet President Obama wants to place a nominee in a position that wants to unionize the Transportation Safety workers. We can go on with grievances, but what we must focus on is how to prevent or stop them.
That is just what ordinary and everyday American citizens are doing today. Previously silent people, who skipped voting in elections, who shucked the newspaper aside, only using it to line the bird cage or cat box or wrap that special item in a packing box, or switched from the news to watch American Idol are speaking out. People are angry over uncapped spending and threats of further taxes and spending. They are angry over the violation of their Constitutional and Civil rights by a Congress who feel they are far superior to the mere citizen. A Congress who they believe understand nothing about the legislation they debate.
There is no greater fool than one who feels they are smarter than all of the rest. You may quote me on that! The great populace of this wonderful Nation contains a vast and superior repository of expertise and knowledge. Knowledge and expertise that Congress and our President would do well to heed. With the advent of the internet and 24 hours cable / satellite news, now, even the stay at home Mom knows more about the Money Market Funds or the Iran Uprisings than apparently many members of Congress.
So, what do we do to get our voices heard? With the falling like flies of the recent members of Congress from seeking re-election, I'd say, we are on the right path! Here are my suggestions, please feel free to add to them:
1 - Continue to host Tea Party Rallies - Don't let them think we gave up or have lost strength. Mass rallies play well on You Tube, Facebook and TV.
2 - Continue to picket the offices of your elected officials who refuse to hear your petitions. Choose select days and times when it would make the most impact. Sitting out there everyday only will make you look like a kook in the eyes of the news and public opinion.
3 - Don't stop Calling, Faxing, E-mailing your elected officials. I found written letters, posted through the US mail will get responses. Faxes are next best and E-mails get standard replies. Phone calls disturb and will get you a real person in many cases, if you are persistent.
4 - Register to VOTE, which I am sure you are already. However, encourage friends and family to register. If you have the time, energy and commitment join a political party and be active. Here you can make a tremendous influence.
5 - Write to your local newspapers editorials. Voice your opinion, get your view out there!
6 - Read, Read, Read..... Not just the news, but learn by reading books put out by all sides of the argument. If you are ready to debate a subject, know it! Listen to the other side's talk shows, hear what they are saying and form your reply with knowledge. Strength comes from knowledge!
7 - Never argue with an idiot. There will be those who refuse to fight fair in an honest debate. No matter what you say or do, they will be belligerent and impossible to exchange with. Know when to break away and find a better forum.
8 - Always be CIVIL! Never let anyone get to your last nerve.
9 - Don't Preach! - No one likes a person who pushes their beliefs upon another. Best way to win someone over is by actions, they speak better than words.
10 - Network - Reach out to those who are of like mind. Networking expands your reach and opens new avenues as well as avenues. You never know what opportunity will appear around the next corner.
Know lastly, and I credit this to Herman Cain, Talk Show Host, who said all Liberals / Progressives S.I.N.
In any debate they will:
S = Switch The Subject
I = Ignore The Facts
N = Name Call
Be armed and beware. May the Conservative Force be with you!