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or the opinions of any one else but the author.
I think I’ve finally figured it out…I’m not real sure, but it makes sense to me. Everyone just needs to shut up and listen for a few minutes, days, weeks…
There are a lot of people who have something to say and aren’t really saying anything of value. They are passing along personal opinions and beliefs, and loads of misinformation. And, unfortunately, we have become a nation of people who have trouble discerning the truth from misinformation.
For example, the Obama administration has been saying all along that if you have health coverage that you like, just keep it. But oppositioners are stating that everyone will have to give up what health care they have and join the government health care program or else.
Republicans on the other hand have been complaining, and rightly so, that they have been pushed aside in the development of a health care program that will benefit everyone, yet the Democrats have said they invited them and no one showed up.
Then we have these blow-hard pundits like Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck and others telling us how to think and that we should follow what they say because, by God, they’re right and everyone is wrong. They talk to their audience like they’re children who don’t have a lick of sense, and are too stupid to know what’s going on. Don’t you get it folks? The way these guys stay on the air and make big bucks (bigger than you will probably ever make) is being controversial in order to get high ratings that attract advertisers with deep pockets. Even Bill O’Reilly has admitted in David Letterman’s show that it’s all an act.
No one thinks or speaks for me except me. A friend, author Elfreda Pretorius, calls the people who blindly follow along with what others think and believe, sheeple.
I am basically no smarter, and I don’t feel like I’m better than anyone else, but if we don’t get a few million more independent thinkers in this country, the masses, of all sides, will be led to the slaughter, and that’s just what the leaders and pundits want, so they can say, “See, I told you this would happen, but you didn’t listen to me.” The need for them to be right is more important to them than what is right for the people and the country.
Every time you open your mouth to speak you represent yourself on a lot of levels. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.”
I’m reminded by the song lyrics: “Everybody’s talking at me, but I don’t hear the words they’re say,” by Harry Nilsson.
Why don’t we all just shut up for a little while and let the leaders and the pundits talk themselves out, put their feet into and try to get them out of their mouth, then maybe when all the dust has settled, then we can get back to work on what’s really important?