Rant #9: Pay No Attention to How You Feel

Watching the Ed Show when I got home from work, trying feverishly to try to get some of my tweets posted, as @Diggaduh and @MarvsWife would attest, it’s been getting harder and harder to get on air these days, though they both were posted and I struck out, but I digress. During his big panel, he had as his Conservative Representative Ron Christy. Ron is an interesting guy and he intrigued me by explaining essentially that the messaging from the Obama campaign regarding Mitt Romney’s offshore accounts, mingling with the ultra rich, being out of touch with average Americans isn’t of interest to the “common American.” Well I’m glad he cleared that up, I was interested and having a right-wing pundit on television telling this common guy that he’s wrong in what interests him is refreshing. It’s difficult to have to think for yourself, to care about yourself and your family, to have self interests regarding the character of a man trying to become your President. Don’t know how the left is able to do this all the time, it’s so much easier on the Right side of the aisle. There you don’t have to think, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, Ron Christy can do your thinking for you so you don’t have to. Whatever they say about you is your reality. Don’t concern yourself that they don’t know you, they never experienced what you’ve experienced, their moral compass points in a different direction than yours, they are your voice, all you need do is listen and follow. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, you know how it goes.

Snark aside, I take pride in the fact that I do think for myself and only myself. I don’t claim to speak for anyone on any side of the aisle and it would be presumptuous of me to think I know what appeals to others. That’s for you to decide. I think the one thing the Obama campaign has finally begun to figure out is that rather than telling supporters what they should be interested in, they’re starting to ask them what they are interested in and are working to accommodate that. The right-wing continues to frame the debate to a group who have no problem being told what and how they should think. I think that’s the real intellectual divide in this country. I have no statistics to back this up, it’s purely anecdotal, but generally, one side is prone more to critical thinking of the world around them and what will make things better for themselves and others while the other side is too comfortable being told what the answers are so they don’t have to think and respond accordingly.

And for the only time in my short blogging career, I’ll quote Dennis Miller, “That’s what I think, I could be wrong.”

Good night all

PS Thanks to @NicoleSandler, covering today for Randi Rhodes quoting a tweet of mine to her and reading my bio from twitter. It was unexpected and kind of her to give this little idiot a shout out.

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