Monday, March 4, 2013

Did I Make a Wrong Decision?

by Kate Collins

 I posted a piece on Facebook recently about  columnist Charley Reese, who wrote a column way back in 2000. The article is now going around as his final column, but It's actually not according to Snopes. Regardless of when it was written or whether it's been amended since then, it has some good points.

I reposted it because it not only educated me -- and hopefully others -- but it was also apolitical. It had NO PARTY AFFILIATIONS that I could detect. I am very careful to post things that i consider apolitical because I don't like to offend people. I also don't like to take sides because i think both sides are at fault, which is pointed out in Charley's article.
Apparently, some readers, one in particular, think that I erred, that I was being political and should use Facebook only to promote my books. To me, that would be boring. I like to share with readers things that are going on in my life and in life in general. As I said, I try very hard to be apolitical but maybe I'm wrong. Maybe readers don't want to see anything but promotional posts and fluff.

Here are a few things from that article that I loved. You decide if I took sides by posting this. One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.

Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

See what I mean? It's more of a pep talk, not propaganda for one party or the other. What do you think? Should all of us authors only promote our books and post cartoons or do you like to hear our opinions once in a while --as long as we don't cross the line into poor taste?