WAKE FOREST, N.C., October 26, 2013 — Edmund Burke said it best: “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men (and women) to do nothing.”
We have the government and elected officials that we deserve because we, as a nation, have relinquished our Constitutional privilege, duty and responsibilities. The duties are both implicit and explicit as outlined in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution:
“We the people in order to form a more perfect union establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity (i.e.: future generations) do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Notice that the responsibility for preserving this Republic rests with “We the People?” We cannot pass the buck on to others: We must act to ensure the preservation of our Republic. This means that we hold all elected officials accountabke, after we have taken the time to ensure that we put the right ones in office.
So, how have the majority of citizens relinquished their responsibilities? It is through apathy, inattention and laziness. We (as a nation) have not taken the time to remain abreast of the things going on in our nation, particularly with respect to government and legislative actions. Yes, it’s true that many citizens have a basic, cursory knowledge and understanding of how our government is operating. But many do not avail themselves of the alternative (non-traditional) sources of information.
Instead, they watch the so-called mainstream media (ABC, CNN, CBS, etc.) or read their local newspapers which follow the lead of the New York Times and/or Associated Press. To a lesser, but still significant extent, younger adults rely on Jon Stewart, Jay Leno and Bill Maher to keep them informed.
None of these sources has proven to be objective and reliable with respect to important contemporary issues of our nation. With the aforementioned as a given, what else is taking up our time when we are not at work? It is what lies at the throne of the King and Queen of American society: The King is Sports and the Queen is Entertainment. We are obsessed with following our passionate hobbies or becoming absorbed in virtual or reality TV. Still others devote significant hours to video games or non-essential activities via social media.
In the end, we catch capsulated and supposedly “relevant” news on-the-fly, instead of taking the time to find out what the real facts are relative to the issue(s) at hand. Imagine the absolute nightmare scenario that would exist if physicians scrambled to search WebMD.com for a diagnosis instead of taking the time to examine a patient’s medical history prior to heading to the operating room.
Similarly, there is no way that we as a nation will elect competent and responsible leaders to office if we don’t take the time to get involved in the vetting (screening) process prior to the local primaries, and then follow up to ensure that the best qualified candidates are known and supported financially and tangibly (funding, volunteers and campaign workers). Unfortunately, we don’t know anything about the candidates except what we have been told, or by what we have retained based on the one who spent the most money on radio, TV or other media ads.
The following alternate news sites are not given to promote them, per se. Rather, they are listed to (hopefully) pique your interest in news sources that have a genuine interest in promoting real news without the bias and spin found in most other major news sources: Drudgereport.com, Freedomworks.com, Freerepublic.com, Heritage.org, Mrc.org (Media Research Center), TheBlaze.com, Washingtontimes.com.
These examples are not all inclusive as other excellent sources are just as readily available. If you are one of the relative few who actually take the time to learn about your local, state and federal candidates, I applaud your efforts and extend heartfelt appreciation for such an example that others would do well to emulate.
If you are one who has not regularly gotten involved in the process of local politics, I challenge you (and me) to see the urgency of the times we are facing. Let’s get involved in a manner that does justice to the legacy left by generations past, who sacrificed much to give us what is still the greatest nation on earth.
Let’s bypass the throne of sports and entertainment, and instead, invest the time and effort to seek out alternate news sources to bring us up-to-speed on the real issues and the untainted perspectives that are impacting this great nation.
Dr. James McHenry queried Benjamin Franklin with a question: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”
To which Benjamin Franklin replied: “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Well, fellow Patriots: Will we keep it, or allow it to be destroyed by default through our inaction?
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