As we talk with our family and friends about the situation our nation currently faces it is imperative that we appreciate that so-called “moderates” are simply held captive by false information and destructive ideas conveniently pre-packaged and sold by our media. The constant polling is just one example of how our news media sells ready-made opinions for those individuals uninterested in separating themselves from the safety of current group-think.
As Sybil notes:
It is an observable fact that most human beings on this planet cannot think, but can only feel. They need and even prefer someone else to make decisions for them — an attitude which has a bonus advantage in that if anything goes wrong, they can easily put the blame on someone else. The impersonal moderates have obliterated that one problem if nothing else. The inherent virtue of a committee is that no one identifiable person is responsible for anything. [read more]
It is our job to look for ways to open the hearts and minds of moderate members of our community to see the better virtue of American Exceptionalism – which does not mean or even imply that Americans are by birth better than any other people group – but rather that the American experience of individual freedom and the pursuit of happiness actually is the cure for the ills our nation is facing.
The principles of American Exceptionalism actually work with our natural human nature rather than against it. Therefore, those principles work with all people of all cultures. Unless a person is socially dysfunctional, all individuals yearn to live in freedom that allows them to use their time and talents in exchange for wealth, in order to better provide for themselves and their families.
That we have strayed from those original principles is the reason we are in our present predicament. If we are to persuade Moderates to be on the winning idea team, each of us must be able to explain how the joy of living in the spirit of American Exceptionalism is best for all of us.
Sibyl West is the editor of Ramparts 360º, which was the winner of last year’s Americans for Prosperity – Texas blogger of the year award.