Perhaps you’ve asked yourselves whether to actively oppose the ignorance of those who believe its government’s role to create jobs, help the poor, and generally control the economy, or to just let it go in the interests of peace and civility.
I believe the interests of peace and civility have been ill-served by not correcting and educating the ignorant. We’ve seen that the longer we allow the ignorant to remain so, the more validated they feel and the more smug they become. Now we see them making demands on us (the productive) with no expectation of payment or consequences. They’re taking their tantrums to the street because they’re not getting what they want, when they want it, for free. While many of the “occupiers” either don’t know why they are there or are simply there for the party, this silly boy represents the most coherent, if childishly idiotic, voice of the protest.
Clearly, as responsible and self-reliant adults we must take back control of the situation and correct these children. The question is, how do we do that?
There is an answer but it’s not an easy one. It will take long-term planning, dedicated discipline, and some actual work. In order to claim the moral high ground, we start by proudly claiming and owning our values.
How could things have gone so wrong that hard work, honesty, integrity, self-reliance, etc. are no longer honored values? Since when are these values wrong? Simply, they’re not. In reality, the only positive results come from maintaining and living these values. Traditions are traditions for good reason and they apply as much now as ever. No matter what happens or how you’re attacked, remain firm in what you know is right.
It’s seems obvious that in order to educate someone else, we must educate ourselves. Ironically, the sheer magnitude of information available to us now makes it harder to discern the truth. This is just my opinion but the best way to sift out the truth is to build a strong foundation of historical knowledge first. For example, we know the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights, the protection of our right to keep and bear arms, is critical. But why? What were the Founders thinking and what did they know of history that they would so specifically call this out? Reading their letters and the history they reference makes it all crystal clear. Reading history will give you an important insight into human nature and will be your foundational guide through the mess of information we have to wade through today.
Get a clear understanding of how economics works in the real world. It’s all based on human nature and human interaction. It has been called an imprecise science but the basic laws of economics have remained constant throughout history. Again, you’ll see the application of traditional values in the application of economic activity.
So, where to start? I’ve listed below just a handful of resources to start with. They are fundamental in nature and will most likely appeal to your common sense.
Also, read opposing views. There are many common threads running throughout the misinformation disseminated by the opposition. Some of the most influential propagandists include the following:
- Paul Krugman
- Saul Alinsky
- Thomas Friedman
- Michael Moore
- Almost everyone in Congress
Finally, we have everything we need to take control. We are the hard workers. We are the educated. We are the self-reliant. We are the grown-ups. Don’t tolerate the intolerable. Don’t tolerate willful ignorance. And most of all, don’t tolerate a minority of loud-mouthed, demanding, know-it-all, spoiled rotten punks trying to “fundamentally change” our culture.
“Compassion is defined not by how many people are on the government dole but by how many people no longer need government assistance.” — Jack Kemp