People are talking about "that idiot in the White House"
Life these days in our United States....
Story 1: My 81-year-old mother went to see her opthamalogist recently for a checkup. Usually they are pleasant enough with each other, but don't have any extended interaction. This time they got to chatting and the doctor asked my mother what she thought about "all these pronouncements coming out of Washington lately" and my ladylike mother piped up:
what an alarming prospect the government health care takeover is, and how ordinary, individual Americans need to become activists doing everything possible to stop it.
The amazing moral of this story is that my mother in ordinary times would never speak up about politics in a doctor's office or a social or non-family setting. She has never before felt the need to. And neither, I gather, would her doctor have injected political discussion into a medical consultation. This shows how far we are from ordinary times. But an equally amazing reward for my mother and her doctor was the discovery that they agreed with each other, and that something needs to be done, and can be done, by ordinary people speaking out and speaking up.
Story 2: I received a wonderful gift last week from the 18-year-old friend of my son (and my longtime friend, too): a copy of Mark R. Levin's huge bestseller, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto. He didn't know it, but I had been waiting quite a while (in vain) for my local public library to buy its first copy of this book so I could borrow it from them and read it. Now I don't have to wait. But more inspiring than even this gift is the fact that young people like my son and his friends are conservatives and libertarians informed about current political events and active and persuasive in making their own reasoned views known. They are alarmed by Obama and the Democrats because they know exactly where such tax-and-spend, statist liberal policies lead--and why the politicians want to lead them there. There is hope for the future thanks to these younger Americans who are learning and not afraid to talk among themselves and across generations.
Story 3: Due to health concerns, I work out with a exercise trainer once a week. Over time as we chatted, we eventually realized we (and his Russian-emigre wife and partner) were long-time admirers of Ayn Rand and opponents of big-government statism. We have commiserated with and encouraged each other as we've seen the Obama administration reveal its philosophical bankruptcy and its corrupt grabbing for power to the intense detriment of our beloved country. Of course, we are no fans of similar trends among the Republicans in Washington, either. What seems unusual to me is that every week we exchange info on new developments, new resources, and new ways we can make a difference by being active and speaking out. As the situation in Washington grows more alarming and more ridiculous, I find my own activism growing too--fueled by the same inspiration in ordinary folks around me. The outspokenness is not just on the internet and the blogs, but in "real life" too, in a way I've never known before.
When there is this much at stake, people are talking, and that will be our salvation, I think.
Sign the Free Our Health Care Now petition.