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August 20, 2013

Viewpoint: Complacency has become the norm

I apologize.

My generation is the first generation to follow "The Greatest Generation."

My generation was when complacency became the norm.

The world had been saved from Germany, Japan and Italy, winning World War II at a cost in human lives of over 401,000 Americans buried on foreign soil or on the bottom of the sea. My generation became too busy enjoying what they gave us, too busy to spend the time to be active in the world of politics, which in reality is preservation of what they died for.

Oh, we voted; that is, around 50 percent of us did. What the heck, the person we elected would do what was needed to keep our freedoms. I mean, it was their job; mine was to work, listen to radio, play and watch sports, raise children, go to church, take care of my lawn, wash my car and all the other stuff we just had to do.

Then came TV — now even less time for worrying about what the president, Congress and Senate were doing or not doing, even less time to wonder what those people in city and county government was up to. In that regard, all I had to do was pay my taxes and obey the law, those guys would take care of the rest. After all, these were good people, and TV was watching out for us.

Then came 2008, the hard slap in the face, elected attempting to move our nation to a European-style socialist nation, a slap that made us look at where this nation had been, where it is and where it's headed. A nation that once acknowledged God and almost all lived by the principles of Jesus Christ. To one where prayer is not allowed in schools, redefines marriage, promotes choice, instead of life and diversity instead of unity, increasing numbers of citizens believing government is best when providing and controlling. I still believe, most Americans believe government's role is to protect and defend from enemies abroad and within; provide the vehicle for personal achievement and common good; and not make laws suppressing God-given rights.We as a people were not active in election of 2008. (I think my generation carries most of the weight. Not only were we not active, we also failed to inform our children.) Allowing the election of a controlling socialist party. Then something called "Tea Party Express" woke up the like-minded. 9/12/2009. A march on the nation's capital, 1,700,000 strong, and in August 2010 Glen Beck's restoring honor at the foot of Lincoln, over 700,000 try to "wake" the consciousness of our capital.

In 2010 election, the active derailed socialism in Congress, recaptured enough of Senate to stall most of agenda but lost ground in 2012 election. I now wonder what can I do to wake up the complacent in 2014?

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