as published in the Blytheville Courier News on Friday, May 6, 2016
By TOM HENRY
Samuel Adams once said, “If ever time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”
Perception is reality. It might not be fact, but it IS reality. People act or react based upon what they perceive. For example, if a restaurant is perceived to be unsanitary due to rumor, despite being perfectly clean enough to eat off the floor, people will still stay away because they perceive it to be nasty. Hence, the perception created a reality. Likewise, the perception that we project creates the reality in which we live.
Have you ever noticed yourself editing your words or actions around any particular person because you perceived that they would not be okay with the joke, prank, or comment? I have oftentimes heard someone say, “I wouldn’t dare cuss around that person” yet I knew that they cuss around others in a way that would make the proverbial sailor blush with shame. That is because the perception created the reality around that person. Likewise, I have seen where some people are so risqué and vulgar that nothing was off limits around them, in fact, the perception they project creates an invitation that promotes vulgarity.
This principal of “perception is reality” added with “birds of a feather flock together” proves what the Bible has been teaching for generations, “by their fruits you will know them.” America’s discernment is obviously at an all time low. Just look at the presidential candidates before us.
The inevitable nominees of our two political parties are both unworthy of the job in my humble opinion. On the democratic side we have a woman that has found herself in so many controversies and scandals over the course of her career that I would barely have the room in the column just to list them all. On the republican side we have a spoiled brat that projects that perception that the office of the President is essentially no more than a barroom brawler.
It is not enough to be “mad as heck and we’re not going to take it anymore.” It is not enough to tear down things, without having something to put into its place. Also, no President can effect change without congress helping him/her. So, in essence, if Trump wins…how is he going to be the strongman that he promises to be? What is he really going to do? How is he going to pay for the things that he attempts to do? What does he stand for, other than that he wants a wall between us and Mexico and that he wants to make America win again? That is even more vague than Obama’s slogan of Hope.
Make no mistake about it, I will not be voting for Hillary. I have been following her shenanigans for decades and I don’t believe that anyone holds claim on the presidency by entitlement or by mere party anointing. But by the same token, at this time, I just can’t in good conscience vote for the Donald. I will not be a part of giving that man the bully pulpit to further project his perception of division.
In my opinion, the liberal wing of the American politick has been dividing people for years. Dividing us into race, age, socio-economics, sexual orientation, recyclers, tree-huggers, one-percenters, intolerant Christians, tolerant everybody else adherents, etcetera ad nauseum. Conservatives have divided us into two factions, constitutionalists and liberals. The liberal mainstream media attacked the TEA Party as though they were the antichrist, but never explained to the American people why they should be hated. The Occupy Wall Street thugs came around and they were violent, uncouth, lawbreakers yet they were not criticized as much. The concept was to provide a loud counter-movement to neutralize the TEA Party. When people hear competing noise, the huddled masses are simply too lazy to take the time to find which is right, they just label both as equal and dismiss both. After all, “its all relative” isn’t it?
That same concept is being deployed in this election. The liberals have been angry and loud for many years. They say they are for tolerance, but they mean as long as you agree with them. Can you think of a single violent CONSERVATIVE protest other than a Trump rally? Historically conservatives have simply been angry, but attempted to retain dignity in the process. Well, that is out the window now. Therefore, with competing uncouthness and volume of screaming, the huddled masses are not cutting through to find the truth and eventually they will simply dismiss all. At that time, a strongman WILL take the reigns of power and our way of life will be over. Hmmm. Seems like that has been done before (more than once). Oh yeah, EVERY historical tyrant has gained power by division.
Politics is difficult, statesmanship is even harder, but campaigning is merely feeding the basest side of our emotions and bypassing principle or intellect. When you can’t speak to someone using higher level thinking, you must resort to lower level imagery and emotional grunts and gestures. Sounds to me like a modern day presidential campaign. I’m so disgusted with our choices!