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The Cost of Being Right and wanting to Win Politically

11 Dec

It’s funny when the world around is viewed with eyes wide open. Partisan blinders removed. Biases checked and ears unplugged. When we turn off the voice in the echo chambers on all sides we can begin to comprehend what exactly is happening around is on all levels. Then we can take the first real steps to actually fixing the problems facing our lives.

Look at people on the political spectrum. Not just the politicians flapping their jaws on TV, radio or the internet. But the “everyday” people. There are those on both sides of the aisle who are “useful idiots” regurgitating the rhetoric put forth by the party (ie. team) they are fans of because they want to win. These same people don’t stop throwing insults or accusations long enough to really listen to what the other side is saying.

It the race to be right and to “win” this country has become so polarized neither side is really listening to each other. Yes there have been times one side has forced laws, rules, decisions on the other. Yes there is backlash due to those actions. But really isn’t that type of behavior what most people in their late 30’s and older were told not to do as children? I know I was.

I love playing a game and winning. I’m never a fan of losing. That doesn’t mean losing won’t happen. It also doesn’t mean winning is the best thing to happen either. Winning without empathy for those who lost is an empty, shallow victory which will produce negative results in the long run. The losing side will feel bitter, disgruntled and want to “avenge” the loss. There are very niche cases this could be useful, but for the most part, it’s worthless. Moving this nation forward and saving it from destruction is not a game and something we cannot afford to lose.

One of the best pieces of relationship advice I have ever received was when a boss once told me, “My wife is always right.” I looked at him with a very skeptical face before he continued. “And I’m always right.” Now I was really wonder if he was off his rocker. He pointed out both he and his wife were always right, in their eyes. The idea was for both of them to stop trying to prove their position was right and to listen to the other person. One or both of them just might find out the other person has a completely valid point to consider. Be it personal or professional, it’s great advice for everyone to hear and apply in their lives.

The people of the United States need to quit feeding the talking heads in the media, the self serving politicians and the power hungry opportunists. We should demand better, now. We the people must stand up, demand the grand standing stop and real work be done. That does not mean everyone will abandon the principles and values the their constituents voted them to represent. Quite the contrary. They should hold firm to those. However, they should also work to find common ground with whom they disagree. After all, they are both right, remember?

Both sides need to operate in the realm of truth and honesty. Quit twisting facts, figures and other words to suit an ideal. Playing political games has gotten us into the trouble we are facing now. Enough is enough. Truth seekers can always stand tall because their story will not be contradicted. It will not twist and shift in the winds of public opinion which change at the breath of freshly spun words. Instead they will be rocks upon which the country can rebuild itself to once again be a shining city on a hill.

To build the hill for the city it will take lots of different rocks working together to raise it up. Those rocks are we the people and the truth seekers whom we chose to lead us.  It’s not about always being right or about winning politically. It’s about saving this country from becoming something it was never founded to be: one sided.

For the Wanna Be Spy Geek in All of Us: USB Drive Cuff Links

27 Nov

Ok this is just too cool. Can’t you just hear the Mission Impossible or James Bond theme playing when you see them?

4GB USB Flash Drive Cuff Links

 

Veterans Day 2012 – Honor, Respect, Dignity, Valor, Sacrifice

11 Nov

Today is a day for everyone to put aside their differences and come together. We the people owe the men and women of the US Military a huge debt of gratitude. Not because of what we think they have or have not done. No we owe them for what they have done. Most chose to join the military out of their own free will. Those who did not but were instead drafted deserve no less thanks. The men and women of our military do a service many of us could never do.

Some people, when debating about the military, try to “trap” me by asking the leading question, “Well have you ever served,” with disdain in their voice. My reply is simply this, “No. I knew myself well enough to not volunteer for military service. I have left that important job to the men and women who are there and doing a much better job than I could ever do. I would bring them down when they need as many people as possible lifting them up.”

For the most part, the reply quiets those who grasp what is said to them. I have too much honor and respect for the US military. I do have family members who have served and they do talk about their experiences from time to time. But none ever do so in a bragging way. They simply count their service as just loving their country and doing what they could to defend it and what is represents (or at least represented to them in the past).

So today, take a break from the finger pointing. Stop the political posturing and bickering. Instead, take the time to thank the US military men and women for doing a job many of us could not do. If one of the happens to pass by, take a brief moment and thank them. The vast majority, though they may not show it outwardly, will feel honored and eternally grateful on the inside.