If a journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step, each step along the way is necessary to complete the journey. - Darwin Rockantansky
As I travel among the various camps of the conservative communities here in the lovely Las Vegas Valley, and even the occasional Democratic circle, a more clear image of the “concerned Americans” demographic has taken on substance. And although some would choose to disagree, the “Concerned Americans” demographic crosses all boundaries of race, religion, ethnicity, and political affiliation.
The political demographics of our country would appear to map to a standard bell curve in which five percent (5%) fall under the extreme left of the curve and five percent (5%) fall under the extreme right of the curve and ninety percent (90%) fall under the center of the bell.
Those at both ends of the bell curve are like Charlotte Bobcat fans; they are so desperate for a win, any win, for their team that they are not even able to name any of the players or the coach; true devotees to their party without understanding the details. And most of them are “born into the party”; their parents belonged to a specific party so they assume that they must belong to that same party.
The remaining ninety percent of voting Americans tend to be apathetic, disinterested, and indifferent to the machinations of the political parties and the direction of this nation.
The vast majority of these people are “deer in the headlights”, standing in the middle of the road, unable to go left or right, waiting for the oncoming light to come to them. And when it does finally come to them, they are either severely damaged or dead.
And part of the cause for that mentality is the feeling of futility. If every person who has said to me: “I am but one person, what can I do?” were to do something...anything...to help redirect the course of this nation the Obama regime would never have existed in the first place.
Doing nothing other than complaining about what is or is not or should be is one step along the path to extinction for this nation.
Allowing non-constitutional-related issues and petty personality conflicts to impede advancement of our goals and objectives is one more step to extinction for this nation.
Hiding in our “safe zones” of angry old white folks who agree with us is one more step towards extinction for this nation.
The vast majority of Americans are as “conservative” as are you and I. They have families that they care about. They attend churches and synagogues and worship God, each in their own way according to their traditions. They long for a simple existence where they are free to pursue their own definitions of happiness. And they all tend to get wrapped up in the game of “Us vs. Them”.
We have been averaging less than 20% turnout in our primaries here in Nevada. One in five registered voters care enough about what happens to this country to get out and exercise their right to say who will represent We The People in Washington D.C.
It should be a source of great national shame that so many of our citizens simply choose not to participate in defining our government while all across the world people risk there very lives to perform that one act of civil responsibility.
This lack of participation in the political process is THE CORNERSTONE in the path to extinction for this nation.
Americans are fond of citing: “United We Stand!” but in practice we tend to mean: “Untied we stand so long as you agree with everything that I believe and say”.
That nature of the human animal is such that “I” will never agree with “you” 100% and 100% of the time.
And how many who read this will agree 100% with what I have said here... only to immediately return to their favorite TV show, or their golf game, or other personally pleasing activity rather than to get off their sofa and out of their easy chair to search out true Tea Party candidates that need their support in every way?
As a combat veteran and the son of a veteran, I think Abraham Lincoln said it best:
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.