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Oh those all important questions, those questions that lead one to determine, pretty much everything about you. There are few that are more important than these with what is going on in the political climate as of right now.

If you have listened to the Glenn Beck show his big question is who are you, something he asks during certain shows often.  One of his themes is remembering who we are, as a people, and mentions that theme during the song for his radio show.

In fact he asks it so often that I feel like I am listening to the inquisitor from the show Babylon 5.

While I acknowledge the importance and the vitality of the question, for me the issue should be what do you want.

The reasoning for this is that often people hide what they believe behind ideological labels, whether they do so intentionally, or because they are ignorant of the true tenets of those labels.

Well I am a Progressive but I think the government should stay out of our lives, well I am a Libertarian but I want a universal government-run healthcare system, oh I am a Conservative but I love abortions, and feel the government should provide them, oh I am a liberal but I do not think gays should be allowed to marry.

I know these are generalizations and probably are not always true, but the point is still valid.  That often ideologies do cloud things and get in the way of…well most things.

The more important question to me is: What do you want,  or more specifically what do you want to do to me?

That is the main issue.  What are you, in your belief system, going to do to me, or what are you going to do, on my behalf?

Oh I am a Conservative and I am for a National ID card.  ( 😉 )

Because other than that it does not matter who you are if your ideology does not match, and then you do something contrary to it.

Time and time again politicians have claimed that they are one thing on a campaign trail and then when they get elected change colors and bring out their true ideology.

Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, Conservatives, it does not matter, from a political perspective, at least so it seems for me.

Which is why at the end of the day we must constantly ask the question of what the politicians really want.  What are their real objectives, their real motivations, and what they want to do to us, no matter what they claim they are doing for us.

Otherwise we will be constantly disappointed, and worse.

We must constantly look at the facts as they are put before us.

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16 Comments

  1. JMS himself has said that both the Vorlon and Shadow questions are all about getting to the heart of a person’s identity and their motivations. Specifically, to answer the question “What do you want?” before having some idea of “Who are you?” is always self-destructive. I wholeheartedly agree on JMS on this, though I have disagreed with him on other things. Londo royally screwed up his future and that of his people because he tried to answer question number two when he was never asked number one. JMS has said as such.

    Having said that, there’s a vast difference between who a person *claims* to be and what they *claim* to want and who they *really* are and what they *really* want. That’s where two other questions come into play: Who do you really serve and who do you really trust?

    A person’s claims are just that–claims. Words in the end, are just words. If their actions and character are inconsistent with what they claim about themselves…well there’s a word for that: hypocrisy. And hypocrisy is something that transcends politics.

    I’ve encountered too many people who are just way too inconsistent with the principles they claim to believe in to take what is said seriously anymore. In the end, it’s what people DO, how they do things, and the character in which they do things is what really shows who they are and what they want. When people get inconsistent about what they claim about themselves, two things invariably happen with me: I ignore them or, if they get in my way, they get knocked down–verbally or otherwise. 😛

    • Thanks for the comment :P:P:P

      And very insightful post:) And very true, its something that we all have to work on, there is a story that could be shared about this.

  2. There are several ways someone finds out who they really are:

    1. Self-discovery.
    2. Allowing life or God to teach you what you are *not*.
    3. Being put in opposition to the things and people you are not.

    Being consistent with the principles one claims to cling to is dependent upon something very important: Being honest and true with yourself. If you can’t be honest with yourself, you can’t exactly be honest or true with others or with the things you do. 😉

    • Exactly, and by being a better person you can encourage people to be better too.

  3. nice blog…and so very true….I think this is ultimately why we have fallen so far from the ideal our ancestors fought and died for…we’ve elected inconsistent people to positions of authority……in Scripture we see that God spat those who were lukewarm out of His mouth….I think it’s tie for “We the People” to do the same

    • More like a slow regurgitation 😉

  4. Awesome blog…one to get you really thinking. And Joe….I love your reminder that God does not tolerate “fence sitters” and he will not have any part of that. This is where labels get you in trouble because they can only describe you to a point, but as Cold Fuzz mentions above….your behavior speaks louder than words. So it is important to watch our leaders…regardless of what label they are wearing….to determine if they “walk what they talk” and truly do as they say they will do and hold them to those promises. That is our job as an informed people….to ensure that our leaders are fulfilling the goals they set out to.
    And we all have to remember that people in the public eye do have a completely different persona so many times out in front than they do behind closed doors as many of them are “acting” or “performing” in order to get noticed or elected into office. This is unfortunate…but this is also a reminder that we have to look on a person’s past conduct and deeds …their track record if you will and that so many times can determine a person’s character. Because we are indeed creatures of habit and we will continually slip into similar patterns of behavior over and over again. It takes a strong will and concerted effort to change bad behavior…one that does not come naturally.
    So in the end…we have to make choices in life and stick with them. We have to make a stand for what we believe and “walk what we talk”. Finally, we have to look to our past to discover alot about ourselves and our habits and determine if we need to make changes based on our past performance. I personally know that is a painful process but one that yields the most eye opening results.

    • I was speaking less about politicians and more about people in general. Politicians being hypocrites is nothing new. Frankly, I’ve come to expect it. That idea has been around since before the time of Christ…and someone like Caiaphas comes to mind when it comes to thinking about hypocrisy. But the hypocrisy that we’re seeing in Washington right now isn’t confined there. There’s plenty of it out here.

      Almost 2 years ago, I had an unfortunate encounter with someone who *claimed* to be extremely righteous & religious, daring to quote Scriptures like “God hates divorce,” and all the while he was psychologically and physically abusing his wife in secret. In the end, it fell to me to protect her when he decided to go berserk. It’s an interesting experience to have someone judge me, condemn me, insult me, and in the end, try to assault me, even though I knew I was in the right for protecting his wife–especially considering she tried to commit suicide because of his abuse. In the end I suppose the experience reflects my current & future line of work: When you’re trying to do right in a world full of people that’s gone wrong, you’re always going to be the bad guy.

      I find myself in that position politically, occupationally, metaphorically, and literally. If I speak out against healthcare reform because I don’t want to pay the price for other people’s misfortunes, I’m the bad guy. If I speak out against abortion, I get accused of wanting to curtail women’s rights–and once more I’m the bad guy. If I speak out about the hypocrisy of affirmative action or the ridiculous revolving door that is our southern border, I get branded as a racist even though I’m not white–and once more I’m the bad guy. When I tell anti-abortion activists to not use violence, they brand me a traitor and I’m a bad guy again. And when I call upon people to actually be consistent to the things they claim to believe in–to be respectful to one’s wife, to be faithful to one’s husband, to earn money rather than cheating or stealing to get it, to actually start *doing* the right thing rather than *saying* the right thing–I get a horde of excuses and “It’s nobody’s business” and once more I’m the bad guy. Ridiculous.

      No wonder we have an entire population full of people who want the government to fix all their problems. They want someone else to pay the price for their mistakes or misfortunes because they don’t want to bear the burden of responsibility for improving their lives and learning from their mistakes. This goes far beyond politics. This is cultural insanity.

      No more, I say.

        • squirrely1
        • Posted March 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm
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        Hmmm interesting CF and I hear you….I see what you are saying and I agree to a point…but it seems to me by your comments that you are a guy who sees the glass half empty…. I just can’t operate that way…. I need…..for my sanity to see that glass half full. I WANT to believe in humanity…. I WANT to believe that the people WANT to do the right thing and that there is redemption out there. And even though we (for Christian believers) have been born into sin, there is hope for us…and that man basically does “want to do the right thing”. Whether he does or not begs a different question. Why do we do what we do as human beings? Well I was just talking to someone about this the other day….and being somewhat of a specialist in behavior, especially severe behavior handicaps because of my handicapped son…. I know that behavior is driven by 3 basic things… Needs/Wants, Escape/Avoidance or Control. So WHY people do what they do is really the core of the problem and you have to get to the root of that problem before you can ever solve it. Expose the reason for that behavior. And unfortunately our behavior shapes who we are….because it is our outward persona or what people come to expect from us. So when we, and I put myself in here with politicians and everyone else, do contradictory things in life…in other words we say one thing and do another…as in the hypocrisy you mentioned….there usually is a very good reason for the behavior. That doesn’t mean I condone it….or accept it…I just realize that until you discover it for yourself, or if it becomes so intolerable to the people around you to the point someone has to intervene to help you see it….it will never go away. And well then after discovery, there is the whole issue of desiring to make the change in yourself…which again is another can of worms entirely.

        I just choose to believe that people are basically good and they want to do the right thing…but they fall short over and over again ….and this is why we need the Great Redeemer…this is why we need to continually confess our sins and ask for forgiveness because without it we would indeed be FUBAR. So I just hold to that…to know that no matter how frakked up things are….no matter how grim the world seems there is always hope and a chance at redemption. So let’s pray for those hypocrites….shall we?? 😉

    • indeed….not to mention fence-sitting becomes quite painful…esp. if you’re sitting on one of those pointed picket-style fences….ouch….:-P

  5. Interesting question, one that I am asking my self, Who am I? Politically that is.

    The important thing is that no matter what we think we are, we should not bend our beliefs to satisfy what ever current label we are under. Nor should we be forced to do so by others that have said label.

    Now all conservatives/Libertarians/Liberals have to agree on everything within their respective ideologies to be Conservative/Libertarian/Liberal.

    I don’t believe that you have to be a certain about Conservative to be in the Republican party and same thing for the Democratic party. To allow narrow minded dogmatic views to have us call some DINO’s or RINO’s is the very reason way George Washington The Great warned us about political parties.

    • George Washington the Great?:P

      Thanks for commenting 🙂

      And you are right. Of course the other side of that is we must be willing to compromise, and look outside the box despite our labels. For example with me and Student Vouchers, I doubt that would be a position many Libertarians would agree with me on, but I think its a much better solution then the mess we are in now. Of course never compromise on basic belief and principle, but always be willing to look for the appropriate solution. Based in small government 99% of the time 😉

  6. I am not what I call a radical Libertarian, I am a moderate Libertarian. I believe in small government, but I believe that it has the capacity or should to deal with more than just safety and property rights.

    Though I honestly don’t know what I am now days. I could be anything but for now I will stick with the name “Libertarian” until I find out what I am.

    • Well gee sorry for pushing you out of the movement:P

      As for the fire proposal in that specific instance you are right, fire fighters protect people’s property and prevent fires from spreading to other people’s targets. But it is not a right, not provided by the federal government (thank god) and people do have the option of at least trying to fight fires through private property. Squirt guns, super soakers, what ever you call those red preassurised things 😛

  7. You made it to conservative for me 😛

    But in all seriousness, Life is also a right. So government has to insure that we live. But like you said, Fire fighters belong to the most local of governments. At that level it’s just the people and the politicians are their puppets.

    This can’t be with healthcare, unfortunately.

    • Yeah, Health care is a comodity, Firefighting is a service, you are right about that. And in the end the Fire Department from the most local of governments (and police) protects everyone, equally. Health care is inherently unequal because we all have different needs, adn thus we need the plan that is the best one for us.


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