Stand Tall and Proud, but Only If You're Informed

If I had to choose one issue I'm most passionate about, it would be the inability of so many Americans to think for themselves.

If you're reading this blog, chances are you're not a blind follower (or maybe you are, and you read this site for some other reason). A blind follower is someone who is either so blinded by ideology that he can't think outside the box he's created for himself, or he gets his news from mainstream news sources only and assumes he's getting accurate, non-biased information. This means he does one or all of the following: watches CBS, NBC, and ABC; has a subscription to Time or Newsweek; and watches Oprah.

It's not that a person can't watch or read these things and not be a follower. He can. But he has to add to his repetoire the countless other media sources: web news, radio, cable television, and The Wall Street Journal. He must also read voraciously -- not just books but periodicals and magazines (not women's magazines, please). Only when you do these things can you get an accurate picture of what's really going on in America.

Most blind followers are liberals. Why do I say this? Because 99.9% of the time, when you ask a self-described liberal where he got his information, he'll know nothing of the sources I just named. He'll do a great job of complaining about what's wrong with America -- and offer no solutions -- but he won't be able to explain his reasons in a logical, cohesive manner. If you don't believe me, try this exercise out for yourself. The next time you find yourself -- assuming you're a conservative or a moderate -- in conversation with a liberal-minded person who's ranting about the state of the world, ask him why he thinks what he thinks. Trust me: You'll stump him.

My point is this: I believe every person should stand tall and proud for whatever it is they believe in. But if you stand tall and proud and have no idea what you're saying or why you're saying it, you have nothing to be proud of.

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