Thursday, February 21, 2008

Speak your mind while you still have the chance!

Our freedom is slowly being stripped away.
Come back often and say what you have to say!
Speak your mind as often as possible-every day!
Soon you will have said so much
that NO ONE will be able to contain all of it.

--Julie Blodgett

When you think of all that is happening in the world it can be pretty scary. No on knows whatto say or what do half the time. Some people choose to just wallow in self-pity, whileothers make posts on blogs as this one.

Even if you don't feel you have anything original to say your opinion matters. The reason whyis when it concerns human affairs in some way, whether it be business, personal, international, or any other way, we must speak our mind.

We can speak our minds in a variety of ways, including through the following media:

  • Letter Writing

  • Phone Calls

  • Signing Group Petitions

  • Celebrating Independence Day (Dressing up in Red, White, and Blue)

  • Blog and Forum Posting

  • Performing Arts (Music, Dance, Mime, etc.)

  • Visual Arts (Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, etc.)
Did you think that our fight for freedom was over on Independence Day in 1776? If so, you were dead wrong! Those of us who are still alive are still fighting for our rights.

We cannot remain ignorant for too long. We need to know exactly for what we stand and whom. Then, we need to be ready for action. We need to be ready to fight if necessary.Not as a criminal, but as a person who feels exploited, abused, mistreated, robbed, or justplain old frustrated.

This advice is not tailored to just one issue. This goes for whatever is important to you. Right and wrong is one thing that is important. However, that is highly debated. Speak your mind.

How Avoidance of Conflict Creates War

Avoiding conflict is not what brings piece to the world. You will still have to speak your mind throughout all of earth's eternity. In doing so, you will become empowered, and will change the world. War is inevitable, but then so is peace. Be cautioned, however, that peace never comes without a price.

Consider those who have fought in World War I and II, or the Vietnam War, the Desert Storm, or the current Iraq War. Consider those who fight today for our freedom, and to rising gas prices. You also can consider all those who instigate non-violent (and unfortunately some violent) civil wars all around the world. All these wars bring justice, yet not without a great price.

Many times people think that peace comes about by avoiding conflict. However, nothing could be further from the truth. It is in facing conflict that peace comes. The reason why is that every conflict is has a resolution, and resolutions cannot come without confrontation. Therefore, the next time you want peace in your land, household, or neighborhood you have to be willing to fight for it.

Conflict always comes before peace, and negotiation is the peacemaker. If you think peace is worth fighting for, you will have to face conflict head on, and some how come to a negotiation before the war gets out of hand.

I Have a Lot of Regret about Being Ignorant

I have a lot of regret about being ignorant. I realize I have to wake up and stand up for the values that I believe in. Republican, Democrat, or Independent is not really my concern.

I just want to be more active and stop letting the government pull the wool over my eyes. Saying this does not mean I am anti-government. No, rather it means I am anti-pro-anti-choice.

I don’t mean to confuse everyone. All I am trying to say is that I am for making sure Americans are allowed to keep their freedoms and are allowed to think for them selves.

I don’t know how many times I have heard over the years of the “Dumbing Down of America” or I have watched movies such as “Idiocracy” and then realized I need to wake up. I need to get out there and fight before the right to fight is taken away!

I am saying this for myself and all those other reformed ignorant. That is what I call myself. A reformed Ignorant.

My Take on the ABC.com’s Candidate Match Tool

I just wanted to tell everyone I just tested the ABC News.com Candidate Match tool. It’s quite interesting. The top three candidates it chose me for all dropped out. Oh well.

I think it would help for some people though. I think it would have helped me earlier in the game when I was not sure at all who to vote for. This tool is very much designed for people who do not know anything that is going on currently.

I see one disadvantage of using this tool, however. It causes persons to vote on a watered-down perspective of the candidate. I personally think it is best for Americans to get past the hype of the election and actually research what the candidate is all about.

I did extensive research on candidates before I made my choice. My primary source was VoteSmart.org and then I went to various web news sources in order to check various facts such as whether or not my candidate was in or out.

Speaking of in or out…I decided to actually write my candidate in even though he was not on my state’s ballot. You have that right as citizens. I don’t know what good it does to write a candidate in, but it was my way of saying I am sick and tired of not being able to vote for who I want to vote for.

Anyway, back to my point. I would recommend as a preliminary voting quide to use the ABC.com tool. However, it is up to you to do further research.

Bush in Africa Brings Bittersweet Results

I think bush means well by taking his recent trip to Liberia, Africa. It shows that he cares about the condition of the country. I suppose also since this is his last year as president he wants people to remember it as a good one.

I don’t blame him. Being president is a hard job. There has been quite a bit of discrepancy as to whether or not Bush has done as good enough of a job in other areas.

For instance, many people are sick and tired of the war in Iraq dragging on and on. Some people probably don’t even remember why it started in the first place.

Nevertheless, Bush showing his concern in Africa was seen as a good thing. Many Liberian people were crying for Bush’s help, and they cheered him on when he pledged to help them with their economic problems.

One sign held up during a slide show read in broken English, “America are Master of Hypocrisy”. Broken English or not, the point by this demonstrator has been well-made. Other signs read messages of pleading to Bush to stop the bloodshed in Iraq.

Despite the opposition by demonstrators, this trip to Liberia was considered a very productive one. In fact, Bush was presented with the Grand Cross of the National Order in Benin on the 16th of February, 2008.

Despite Bush’s recognition in Africa, his presence there was not welcomed by everyone. And we in America probably understand why.

I hate to speak badly of our president. He had lead our country to safety during the 9/11 disaster. He also fought hard for the sanctity of marriage. However, I would say unfortunately foreign policy is not his forté.

Child's Play between Politicians

I heard the other day that as usual the contending presidential politicians were making up garbage about one another. Why does that not surprise me? I equate the "Obama said this" and the "Hillary said that" and the "McCain said this" with a catfight between two people competing for the same man or woman.

Who in the world would want to vote for any of the candidates who are nick-picking at the other's faults. I do agree, however, with the views of some radio announcers, and I am glad that radio announcers are making various points.

For example, Obama's campaign manager was asked the other day what Obama's accomplishments were and he could not tell the press of any. I don't know if the campaign manager was just caught off guard or what, but I would think he would have been trained to represent the contending candidate a little better.

I have heard just recently that the 11th Commandment for Politicians is “Thou shalt not say anything bad about another politician.” I wonder why that is? Does anybody dare to guess why?

You as a candidate lose your credibility with the people, that’s why?! Any political candidate that gets in by backstabbing another is darn lucky if he/she even wins the candidacy for president.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Is Voting a Waste of Time?

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that one simple vote could actually make a difference. It's even harder to believe that your vote can make a difference when you are on your last dime-and you just walked through the snow bank from the bus stop to make it to the polls 15 minutes before closing-only to find out...

Your candidate is not even on the ballet! I was a little discouraged and a little embarrassed by that especially since I was telling people he was. But, well...he was just three weeks ago. I wondered why I had not heard much about my candidate.

I mean, I just read that he was on the ballot as of a few days before my vote. So what gives anyway? I had all I could do left to keep my dignity. I wrote my candidate in.

What was I to do? I get so tired of voting for candidates that I am not really that passionate about supporting. Why should I pick someone for president that I am not even sure I would want running my country?

But then the fear usually sets in. Usually I start thinking of the crooked delegation system that this country is currently founded on and I think to myself voting is a waste of time. But is it really?

Just think about it. Would the American Revolution ever have happened if people had not voted? Would slavery have been abolished if people would never have voted?

Would women be allowed to vote if people have never voted? Would a majority of U.S. states still uphold the sanctity of marriage if people had not voted?

The point is that nothing gets done unless people vote. What I do think is a waste of time sometimes is for people to go and vote and to not even be passionate about the person they are voting for. Those are the kind of people that I think should stay home on Election Day.

Either that or those people should just have the courage to write-in the candidate of their choice. I say write them in from now on! Speak your mind with the pen while you still have that freedom or it could be taken away forever.

Monday, February 18, 2008

I am so Glad for the New Voter's Information!

I am so glad for the fact that voter's information on the internet has greately improved. I am very impressed. It is way better than it used to be.

I know for Christian Voters there is God Voter.org and for every voter there is Vote Smart.com. I don't ever remember seeing this much info even up to a few years ago.

I think it is great, because I cannot base my vote on just a few minutes of television a day ( or week for that matter if I don't watch it). I am very impressed.

Recommendations of Resources for Undecided Voters

You may already have lost sleep trying to decide who to vote for. You have plenty of reasons to have not made that decision yet.

For one, voting day is still a few days away. It’s not like you missed it. Besides, you probably just do not want to make an ignorant voting decision. Try not to procrastinate too much longer, though.

It is important to know as much as possible about the candidates that you support. You can find countless resources to help you with that task. One of those resources is websites such as Project Vote Smart. I was happy to have stumbled across this site while search for a 2008 voting guide.

It is great! It has biographies of every candidate by state, for different local and national elections. They also offer information about the various candidates running for U.S. president, Senate, and Congress.

You can find updated information on this site regarding just about anyone that is serving in public office today. I wish I would have came across this sooner.

I know the last time I looked for information-especially for local candidates-I found none. And I had spent seven hours doing so.

I was hoping to find a site like this. It is great for people who don't have time to watch the news every day-or for those who want to dig deaper than just viewing thirty-second news clips every single day.

Do Ignorant People Have a Right to Be Politically Involved?

You may wonder if people who don’t know a thing about politics have a right to be politically involved. I believe they do if they are willing to reform.

In other words, if they are willing to educate them selves or to be educated about political issues they have a right to be involved. Not everyone is intentionally ignorant.

Unfortunately, ignorance is encouraged by our fly-by-night culture. On the other hand some people end up being ignorant for a variety of legitimate reasons. Some of them are so financially burdened that they feel hopeless. Others are on their death bed.

However, those that are capable of learning more about politics should get up and start learning today. They should learn more about the local candidates in their area and they should get involved politically in their community.

Perhaps if you never have been involved much in politics you can start by going to the voting polls more often. You can also start reading biographies about important political figures.

Even more powerful, you can create blog or e-mail your local Congress representatives. You also can campaign and petition for issues that matter to you. Ignorant people do not have to stay that way.

So You are an Undecided Voter...So What?

For Undecided Voters-Who Do You Choose?
If you have never voted before or you always feel so undecided every election you may be wondering how people really choose candidates for election. This is different for each individual.

Some people choose candidates based on superficial reasons, such as looks, race (race alone that is), or gender. However, other people include those attributes along with how competent a person is in dealing with issues that matter.

Other people choose candidates based on their voting records. They look for the ones that support the laws that they believe in.

Another way to decide who to vote for is whoever matches your moral or religions beliefs. Perhaps you are all for keeping God in the country because you feel that He should be honored or our country will fall apart.

The best way to vote really is for all of the above reasons (except for maybe how good-looking a candidate is). The best candidates are ones that match your beliefs and values politically and spiritually as much as possible.

I know it can be tough when you find a candidate that supports some issues that you support but yet are against others. For instance, you might believe in the right to be hired no matter what race you are but you may not want to support marriage for people of the same sex.

Intro to No Longer Ignorant Blog #1

I have just started creating this blog out of my own ignorance. It is a way for me to learn and study politics using my writing skills. I am an avid researcher and writer, but I am ashamed to admit that I have gotten very lazy about keeping up with current events.

It is so embarrassing always being the last to know what is going on in the news and so forth. (In my defense I have had a hard couple of years. I have always been so self-absorbed in my own problems I have a hard time making time to watch the news.

Despite my ignorance, I do have my good qualities. For instance, I was always taught high values such as the following:

  • If you don't like what is going on write letters to your congressman.
  • Never trust the media completely, but do your own research on situations. Never be afraid to speak up. Otherwise, that right could be taken away from you.
  • I don't mean to be ignorant and I don't want to be ignorant. I just am afraid to listen to the news a lot of times because I am afraid to be infiltrated with a bunch of lies.

  • I should defend the media in some ways though-seeing how I am a writer. Some news stations and so on do a very excellent job of covering the news. They are not all bad.

  • However, I don't always think watching the news can help me make an educated decision about who to vote for. Sometimes it can help me decide who not to vote for, but not who to vote for.

I was taught these values. No wonder I am so financially poor right now.

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