Sheep

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”
- George S. Patton

A “yes man” annoys the crap out of me. Having hundreds of yes man in a congregation is great for a pastor, having thousands of yes man is great for a radio show talking head, having millions of yes man to a president is what we call a nation. Or do we?

During the early Bush years I was a yes man to the president. I remember having arguments with my now wife, back then just a fellow blogger, about how I believed Bush was doing the right thing. I believed that he had more information than I did, therefore he was making better decisions. That bubble quickly burst into a million little pieces like that Oprah book, when during Bush’s second term I started to see that no matter what information he had, what was being done by his administration was wrong. The war opened my eyes, talking to people that were coming back from over there truly painted a different picture. I had supported going there getting the bad guys and getting out… however, dropping a trillion dollars with the hope that it would turn into cheap oil for us was a massive FAIL. Then I started to realize how much politics is actually about ideology and beliefs, much like religion. My view of Bush was shattered because he worshiped the mighty more than his oath to serve the country. It was clear when legislation had turned into the playground of Bush’s “good old boy” as they started raking in dollars like that movie Casino.

A couple of months back I watched the movie “The Smartest Guys in the Room.” If you can stomach documentaries, it is not half bad, but in the end is pretty disappointing. We let the government deregulate everything so that profits could be made and years later we are looking at the result of the push for free market and capitalism. I became aware of what deregulation meant when I did a little research into credit cards some years ago. I am happy that new regulation on credit cards is finally happening and hope that people see the benefit of some regulation.

Recently the whole town hall meeting format seems to have turned into an spectacle. Believe it or not it makes me happy. People should question legislation and look at the facts. While I believe that some of those people are just there to cause havoc, it is making more people become interested in our legislative process. Knowledge is power, and we should all know what our representatives are doing for us. Hopefully people are reading more about the laws that are being passed and not simply being sheep to some organization trying to be disruptive.

When it comes to ideologies I still believe in personal responsability and success through hard work. Socialism and capitalism are both concepts that require people to believe on them for them to get started, but do either of them really work? Calling our current administration socialist its as naive as still wanting a free market after our economy almost tanked with our flavor of capitalism. What is even more amusing is that the government that free market is so against meddling in their kitchen is who bailed out the corporations that were “too big to fail.” I’ve heard over and over that they should have been allowed to collapse in true capitalist fashion, as well as people blaming our president for the whole bail out when it was not even his policy.

2 Responses to Sheep

  1. It always scares me when anyone starts to see a politician as an answer to problems. Whether it was Bush or Obama, they are both two breeds of the same horse.

    You touch on an interesting topic when it comes to capitalism. We’ve talked about it quite a bit at work recently too. The pure concept of capitalism does work. The problem is that it REQUIRES pain. And people just don’t want to have to go through ANY pain anymore. If you make an awesome sewing machine and I make a crappy one and we are competing in a capitalist economy, I eventually go out of business and my employees loose their jobs too. Is that a FLAW of capitalism?? NO! That is the design! Competition allows the best to rise to the top. So, now Bob Smith comes along and has a better design. He enters the market and forces you to stay on edge instead of just slacking off and being content with mediocrity. The Free Market corrects itself if left alone, but it does require pain. Not to sound like a broken record, but the real problem we have today comes from people looking to OTHERS to solve their problems instead of the innovative, self-reliant, “I can do it” spirit that made this country what it is today.

  2. thoughts to ponder.. cool.

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