Am I a lazy American?

I’ve stated here time and time again, even in comments, that I’m not right or left on the whole political stuff. But I do have some strong opinions that many may not agree with. My parents are democrats. But I can’t say that I am really. And I don’t always feel the need to vote a straight party ticket.

However does my not choosing a real politcal side on every topic make me a lazy American? It seems that there is a definite black or white when you turn on the television or pick up the newspaper. You don’t really read about the people who say that both sides have a point. I pose this question because political blogs I read religiously here are very definate in their mission. They are very sure on every topic and don’t waver. I read everyone’s blog even if I don’t agree.

However by sitting in the middle for the most part, does that make me ineffective?

Fact: I’m down with the whole green thing and I recycle like a maniac. But I’m not about to make my life more complicated by buying green, eating EVERYTHING green, wearing green and changing my energy provider to a company more green.

Fact: I’m just going to say it. Yes, I’m anti-Bush. But I have been long before he was the president. Way back when he shook my hand. I’m from Texas and he just gave me the creeps. Sorry. However, I can’t really say that I would never vote Republican.

Fact: I used to be dead against (pardon the pun) the death penalty. Now I say fry ’em. But will admit there are a lot of flaws in the legal system. Many have died and were never guilty.

Fact: I’m pro choice but can’t stand the idea of a woman CHOOSING to use abortion as birth control. Adoption is always a good option but so is birth control pills!

Fact: I am a black chick who supports gay rights and racial equality. But I am tired of movements and people wanting special treatment for being “different.” And why is skin color and sexual orientation a marker of being different? Who cares? I hate that people just can’t live. And I think the rules for everything — even marriage should apply to all of us. Let us just suffer together with all of the trappings of rules.

Fact: I’m not sure I support affirmative action. I want to be hired for how hot and smart I am instead. Hah.

Fact: I vote. Not just for the next president but for local stuff. But usually it’s just when the local stuff has to do with business or a new proposal for something that will create an increase of sale tax revenue for my city. However, I skipped the mayoral vote this year from disgust.

Fact: Welfare and the like can bite my ass. I’m tired of seeing my check dwindle for strangers. There I said it. However, I have seen people I would surely spill my wallet out for because I know they are trying.

Fact: I’ve decided that when retirement comes, I’m shedding my America and footing it to Panama. There isn’t going to be squat for me in America when I retire. Even though I’m paying for everyone else’s retirement now. And that makes me sick.

What makes an American lazy? Not having an opinon at all or not choosing one side to everything?

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11 responses to this post.

  1. Your chosen pat hhas made you effectively politically and societally neutered – a social dead-end if you will. American society has no room for people who think about issues and fail to follow where they’re led.

    Welcome to my world of frustration LOL!

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  2. It’s an interesting question. I’ve always considered myself middle to somewhat left of center. A friend of mine who hosts a conservative talk show once asked me if sitting on the fence didn’t get painful after a while. He said he imagined the post up my ass would be uncomfortable. But just because I don’t blindly follow a party philosophy doesn’t mean that I don’t have opinions and that I don’t care.

    I think the lazy people are those who willfully ingest whatever they are fed.

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  3. I don’t think that politics or political affiliation has anything to do with laziness or being a lazy American. The only people I would be critical of and accuse of being lazy are the truly apathetic wastes of life who choose to go through their whole lives with their heads up their asses. You know the type I’m talking about.

    I’m not really sure who you’re comparing yourself to; in fact, given what I have seen of you I would tend to say that you’re not giving yourself enough credit here. It doesn’t take action or polarized opinions to create motion. Don’t ever mistake small movements as lack of action. There is nothing wrong with taking the middle ground on things. Hell, the only reason I am the way I am is because I’m an opinionated bastard who’s ideals overpower his common sense sometimes. It’s not always the desirable route to take, believe me.

    But as for you, let’s take a closer look at what you have to say about yourself:

    “Fact: I’m just going to say it. Yes, I’m anti-Bush.”

    Good! Hate Bush all you want. Just have a reason for it, and temper it with logic and reason. Considering you still talk to me, I would guess that you do a good job of tempering your hatred, otherwise I reckon you would have shut me down a long time ago (yes, I’m a Bush supporter *gasp!*)

    “Fact: I used to be dead against (pardon the pun) the death penalty.”

    So long as you learn and grow with life, you can never be called lazy. Always question your opinions. It’s when you stop questioning them and accept them as fact that you run the risk of growing apathetic and lazy. Life is all about learning.

    “Fact: I’m pro choice but can’t stand the idea of a woman CHOOSING to use abortion as birth control.”

    This opinion takes more guts than somebody who simply stands behind their cause without question. Most pro-choice are too blinded the “can” that they don’t ask if they “should”. On the flip side, most pro-life are too blind by the “should” that they don’t see the “can”. Abortion should not be an all-or-nothing issue, yet most people take one side or another. Interestingly, I’m on the flip side from you, as I am pro-life but I respect a woman’s right to choose. Just as you say, I can’t stand the thought of using abortion as birth control. Our views are the same, but our “affiliation” is different. Go figure.

    “Fact: I am a black chick who supports gay rights and racial equality. But I am tired of movements and people wanting special treatment for being ‘different.'”

    Again, this one takes guts. You’re going against the popular consensus of not only your own, but many other “sympathizers” as well. It takes a lot of effort to support equal rights without the special treatment or “movements.”

    “Fact: I’m not sure I support affirmative action.”

    Affirmative action had a purpose, but that purpose has long since passed. But again, you question it, which means you have the ability to grow and learn, which is the base of creating motion.

    “Fact: I vote.”

    Voting is the most powerful tool that we are afforded as Americans. Pat yourself on the back. Not enough people vote. They are either too apathetic, too cynical or too lazy.

    “Fact: Welfare and the like can bite my ass. I’m tired of seeing my check dwindle for strangers. There I said it. However, I have seen people I would surely spill my wallet out for because I know they are trying.”

    This is a good one. Understanding that there are exceptions to every rule is very important, and it is this lack of understanding that is tearing this country apart. Welfare, like so many other things, should not be an all or nothing issue. Some people genuinely need help. Others just suckle off the system and make welfare and government entitlements a career choice. It is understanding this and differentiating between the truly needy and the “others” is the first step to fixing the problem.

    “Fact: I’ve decided that when retirement comes, I’m shedding my America and footing it to Panama.”

    We’ve got a lot of years ahead of us before we face this. I would be willing to bet that your opinion will change a dozen or more times between now and then. It’s all about being dynamic and being able to adapt to changing times.

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  4. OMG J –

    Now that is a post, and girl, you are as opinionated and I loves it.

    You wanna know how LAZY Americans are? They are so lazy they only bitch about what is wrong but rarely do anything to change it, including vote. Sure they will put a flag on their truck and think they are great Americans (I’m an American MAN”, but they rarely vote.

    Now on to your FACTS….

    – I haven’t gotten organized enough to be too green. I not too good with the recycling thing (even though my last employer was a waste management/recycling firm. I looked into buying a hybrid car but learned that the air conditioners don’t work too good in a hybrid… and I live in the Desert and we’ve had like 110 days over 100 degrees this year.

    – George Bush is a creep – and how he ever got elected is a mystery. He ran every country he ever owned (purchased by his daddy) went under or at least file bankruptcy (except the Rangers – and there I think he was just a figurehead.) A unaccomplished man… and he beat that balsy Ann Richards… damn it Texas!

    – I was always Pro Death Penalty and I think we have learned that too many innocent people are in prison and that the poor people have a disadvantage in our criminal justice system. I think we have learned that the death penalty is not a deterent to crime. The problem is we put everyone in prison without having other alternatives.

    – I too am pro-choice but I don’t know that I would want one of my daughters to have an abortion. It has to be an option, especially when some people think that the only sex-education option is ABSTINANCE.

    – Equal rights for all… no SPECIAL treatments.

    – Affirmative Action – hmmmmm – I think it is still needed. Racism still exists!

    – Voting is GOOD! I say ya can’t complain if you don’t participate.

    – Welfare – The haves, TRUE HAVES, need to help the have nots…. The truly rich cannot walk on the backs of the poor, make billions and not be expected to help them out. It shouldn’t the middle class paying – it should be the corporate titans!

    – And on retirement – I just don’t want to think about that today…. Please!

    Wonderful post J –

    Chris
    http://www.2288beckleyrd.com

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  5. On occasion, I fall into the trap of laziness. Because of this, I have little quotes buried in my briefcase, on my pc and in my wallet.

    Here’s one of them.

    “I will act now. I will act now. I will act now. Henceforth, I will repeat these words each hour, each day, everyday, until the words become as much a habit as my breathing, and the action which follows becomes as instinctive as the blinking of my eyelids. With these words I can condition my mind to perform every action necessary for my success. I will act now. I will repeat these words again and again and again. I will walk where failures fear to walk. I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait. If I delay, success will become wed to another and lost to me forever. This is the time. This is the place. I am the person.”

    I will say this, you have only so much time on earth to worry about everything. Pick your fights wisely.

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  6. Liberal or conservative, right or left, democrat or republican — they’re all two sides of the same tired coin.

    Both hold that government may rightfully, lawfully claim some part of your life, whether through taxation, eminent domain, drinking or drug laws, legislating whom you may and may not sleep with, and in what way … the list is interminable.

    Reject it.

    The real alternative is the same alternative that’s always been: coersion versus non-coercion, slavery versus freedom. Or in economic terms: free-markets versus interventionism, free enterprise versus feudalism, socialism versus capitalism.

    That’s the only thing we must choose between.

    As Leonard Cohen put it:

    I’m neither left nor right,
    I’m just sitting home tonight,
    getting lost in this hopeless little screen …

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  7. Are you a person or a label ? You’re bound to be called “Leftie” by the ‘trolls’. For that, you worry about the usual – the good opinion of those whose opinion you value.
    Everybody is so sure of their facts. Ain’t bullshit wonderful ?
    People are ridiculously rude online. Go read Political Animal : and realize it is vastly toned down from the riot it had become because it is now ‘moderated’. That means some poor schmuck has to play referee.The worst are the newspaper threads : spawning ground of the truly brain-dead.
    There are rules. Enforcement is problematic.If you’re getting ‘shouted down’ it may or may not be ‘justified’ – depends on your company.
    You’re doing well in comments. Consider yourself blessed. A lot of time blogging seems more like shouting into an empty room.

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  8. “Sure of facts”. How could I forget ? People want you to cite references when making statements : debating-style behaviour. No huhu. Google is your friend – and Wikipedia. Try Ask.com.
    Then there is the nonsense. Check out logical fallacies. It will save a lot of head-scratching.

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  9. I’m learning, agreeing, scratching my head a little, and over all pleased with this discussion. I’m not sure I like to think of myself “societally neutered” but I like the dead-head reference better!

    Everyone took time in their comments here and that is truly appreciated. And Mike your quotes should be in a Chicken Soup for the Soul edition somewhere. That’s some inspiration right there!

    Opit: I don’t trust Google. Even though I’m all over it.

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  10. These were excellently made points, and I’d have to say I agree with almost all of them. I know people who don’t vote and don’t care about having a voice and I want to shake them and say “people have DIED for this right you take so casually!” It floors me that some folks just don’t want to be bothered. The only point we digress on is the matter of party affiliation. Two party system – love or hate it – it’s what we’ve got to work with (more or less). Since the Democratic party platform embraces the values and beliefs I hold dear, I vote based on a party line. To me (and this is just my opinion), voting for a candidate outside of my party is like endorsing values I do not ascribe to.

    Well done post. I liked it a lot.

    And no, I don’t think you’re lazy at all! The fact that you think and ponder questions such as these proves it.

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