Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution?

There are no shortages of complaints on social media today about the state of affairs in our country. Be it public lands access, the national debt, immigration, or gun control. We are virtually inundated with posts about the President on an hourly basis. BUT How many of you will actually do something about it?

A Fixed Election For Hayes?

Sure you vote, or at least I hope you do, but there is a whole lot more that needs to happen in this country if you really care about the future of this great nation. There are many times this country has been faced with challenges that should have broken the will of free men and woman in our short history. 

I'll Drink To Mistakes!
One only need look at Reconstruction, the Volstead act, or Japanese internment camps to see we don’t always get it right. In fact we often get it wrong. Henry Ford is responsible for my favorite quote. 
“ Failure is the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”

So what are you doing about our problems? Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

That Can't Happen Here?
Last year I set out to meet as many Legislators as possible in an attempt to Save the Johnson Valley OHV area. I wanted to educate them on an area, few of them knew anything about. What I learned was perhaps the greatest civic lesson in my life.

Believe it or not, they are all human.

Guess what?  They all breath the same air, require the same basic items to survive, and have good days and bad days. In most cases they are type A personalities, and have so many things on their plates they can’t keep track of almost anything. They also all need, trusted resources to advise them on matters they no little about.

Let that sink in. They need help. Who better to help them? You, or the guy that hates you?

Congresswoman Mary Bono Mac likes to go off-roading.
Do you know the person who speaks for you in Congress? Better yet, do they know you?

Be the specialist in your field, be the resource your Legislator looks to in a time when they need answers they can trust.  Be part of the solution. 

The reality is that if we participate in our government, we can shape our future. If we let someone else think for us, we will follow their vision for our future. I like my vision, not necessarily yours.

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