Face to FacePosted Thursday, February 16, 2012, at 2:20 PM
I am a Republican and I see a lot wrong with this country. Some of you may have stopped reading right there. As soon as you see the word Republican or Democrat, you're done. You could care less what a PERSON has to say if you think their views may differ from yours. The ones who are continuing to read are either Republicans or someone who is looking for an argument. It's that simple. We, as human beings, do not like to be around people who are "different" or don't believe like we do. That needs to change.
I started this blog off by saying, "I see a lot wrong with this country," and I believe the above paragraph is the biggest part of it! When was the last time that you talked to your neighbor? Ok, now when was the last time that you talked to your neighbor who has different political views than you? I'm not talking about sitting behind your computer and typing out whatever you want. I'm talking about walking up to the fenceline, shaking a man's hand, and looking him in the eyes.
A lot of things are done today from the privacy of our home. No one has to deal with REALITY today because we can simply walk away from it or turn it off. If you don't like what you are reading, you simply get up from your desk chair or turn off your computer, and it's like it never happened! If you don't like or agree with a reply on a blog, you say, "to heck with that, that guy's uneducated" and simply "X" out of his comment. If you don't like a news story because it doesn't back your political views, you switch the channel and "poof" that news story no longer exist. Even if the story were true, you didn't have to listen to it because your REALITY is just a remote click away.
There is no more face to face communication. There is no more "looking a man square in the eyes and seeing that he truely believes what he is saying." There is no more "sitting down at Floyds Barber Shop and talking politics." We don't "sit down" with our neighbors anymore, heck that's too hard.
This is what is wrong with America today!
I'm only 38 yrs. old and from Kentucky so, I don't claim to know much about "nuttin", as we say. Heck, I ain't even very educated. And being from Kentucky, well, you can just imagine how backwoods I am :) What I do know is this: There use to be a better time in this country. This country use to be in better shape.
I believe it all fell apart when we stopped communticating face to face. HECK NO, we can't agree because we just "click" out of what the other person has to say.
What would happened if we stopped "X-ing" out of a reply and stood face to face with a person? What would happen if you actually listened to a person and thought, "heck, he's got a point"? What would happened if we stopped EMAILING our complaints to Congress and instead, showed up on their doorstep?
Just as it's so easy for you to just dismiss an argument from the "other side" by deleting a reply from your reality, it's easier for our Congress and President to do it because they have an assistant to press the "X" for them! These idiots have gotten so good at "X-ing" out of REALITY that they actually think they are doing a good job!!
I say that rather than click out of or turn off an argument that your "opponent" has, how about you listen to it. Heck, even try it face to face! If you actually listen, you might find out that the two of you are in agreement or maybe even come to terms.
I also say, this should go for our government too! Next time you have a complaint or don't like the way things are going. Put down the mouse and keyboard and show up "face to face". If everyone did this, could you imagine how much could get done?
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Originally from Kentucky. 38 yrs. old Air Force spouse.