With day to day life being what it is, when I sit down to enjoy a good book, I almost invariably choose fiction; sometimes thrillers, sometimes sci-fi or fantasy. There’s a reason for that. It’s my rest and relaxation. At this point, I’m telling the rest of the world, I need some peace and quiet. It will just have to get along without me for awhile.
I can listen to Mark Steyn, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and others all day long. I find that I agree with them 99.9% of the time and I’ve never ever read one book by any of them. I don’t need to read their books to know that conservatism is a common sense approach not only to politics but to life in general.
This is where the Republican party took a wrong turn. Now, I’m not knocking the books or their authors. If their writing is anything like their speaking, they’re bound to be dynamite for those who prefer nonfiction. However, it has become almost expected that to have a voice in the Republican party or conservative matters, you must have read some of those authors’ books. At this point you lose many a conservative who hasn’t.
Instead of focusing on out-educating the left, considering what they consider education, wouldn’t it be better, simpler, and more efficient to appeal to common sense of the average American who probably hasn’t read one nonfiction book from the right or the left?
Just because we don’t read these authors, doesn’t mean we can’t understand the big words, either. It’s just some of us have to make a living and provide for families because we’re not paid to read books and be political activists. We do that on our own time and when it’s time to rest, I prefer fiction.
There is an elitism going on in both the right and the left. Perhaps somewhat different flavors of elitism but, still, it is what it is. Forgotten is how to appeal to the “common” man without making him a victim of some sort or writing him off as unsuccessful, and unreachable as a result. When I look back at the past few elections (I’ve mentioned this before) they have been about who had the better grades or the highest IQs or other silly things like that, all of which are virtually meaningless, except for accepting the premise of the left that the rest of us are too dumb to manage our own lives.
My IQ, for the record, is 164. I prefer fiction.
The American Dream has been twisted into something it isn’t. The American Dream is: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those three things hold different meanings for different people. For some it is wealth and the freedom to pursue it. For others it could be something else entirely. It doesn’t matter because it’s going to be different for everybody but they, too, want the freedom to pursue their version.
The things the Democrats hold up as the American Dream are merely the outward signs that someone has achieved an American dream, which has a become a sham when you think about how many people have bought houses they couldn’t afford. Did it make them any more successful in truth? Did it make them happier? When having a blackberry or the newest hybrid are the next big American Dreams, will they be any more successful or happy?
I suppose it will depend on how they obtained them; if it was by their own hard work or whether it was given to them because somebody thought they had a right to take from someone else to give it. We already know they are less free because giving up some liberty is the price required for having such things handed to one.
People need to be reminded what the true American Dream is all about and it’s not happening at any level of government. Government is all about who is entitled to what, not who makes this country work and grow and excel and prosper.
Unfortunately, none of those are my American Dream. I don’t need a blackberry for anything other than show. I don’t need a hybrid, either, for the same reason. I rarely need a car these days, so what I’ve got is good enough even if it isn’t the latest model and by most standards today would be considered ancient as it is a 2003 model. It’s in fine shape, still has low mileage, gets great gas mileage ( a tank of gas lasts more than a month), low emissions, and so on and so forth. “Keeping up with the Jones” is not my cup of dream.
No, my American Dream is just as the founding fathers stated: life, libery, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the dream that brings hordes to our borders to become citizens. Everything else is the outward trappings of realizing the dream, whether it’s wealth, education, a home, family, religion, or some combination of any of those plus others I haven’t listed.
Or preferring fiction.