Lent – In My Opinion, Part 3

In my posts on Lent – In My Opinion, I wondered if my opinion mattered. A friend responded that my opinion DOES matter because in her words, and I am paraphrasing, “You have always given me good counsel.” I am flattered that she believes I have given her good advice, and she indeed is a wonderful reciprocating friend.

Still I pondered, “Does my opinion matter?”

All anyone need do is read social media posts, listen to television talk shows or news programs to know that most people have an opinion… STRONG opinions on any given topic and there are many controversial topics to choose from these days.

But does each of our individual opinions matter or only collectively… or perhaps not at all?

I only have to Google “Parkland” to read about the many opinions on school shootings, gun violence in America, gun control, the NRA, and even whether school kids have the right to speak out, rally and give voice to what adults are doing to protect them.

Parkland Shooting Survivor Calls Out Lawmakers in Chilling the NRA

How the Survivors of Parkland Began the Never Again Movement

A republican who called Parkland teen, a ‘skinhead lesbian’ drops out of Maine House race

Parkland Shooting Surveillance Video Shows Deputy Remained Outside

PRO-GUN RUSSIAN BOTS FLOOD TWITTER AFTER PARKLAND SHOOTING

As I read the numerous articles, listen to the television pundits debating the tragedy with politicians and mental health experts, and read the public’s comments on social media threads, yes, I do believe each of our opinions matter.

The better question is, “Will my opinion matter?”

I would like to believe that shushing my opinion these last 20 days or so has led me to be less vocal in my coarse language (you still are right Vinny Sal, giving up the “F” word wouldn’t have lasted past a day). Yet abstaining from my voicing my opinion has caused me to become more introspective.

Am I abiding by my own mantra, “Resist Reaction Let Reason Rule?”

Many times, when I read a tweet or someone’s post on a social media thread, I just want to quickly respond in disagreement because what the person tweeted or posted was in my opinion just plain stupid, or ‘for the love of scotch’ how can you be so blind to what seems so obvious, so on and so forth.

Now, I ask myself questions. Do I really believe, think, feel that way? How does that opinion reflect on me? How does that opinion reflect on the issue at hand? Does it further the cause? Does it just get lost in the noise or will it collectively matter?

It is not a win or lose matter

My opinion will matter when I:

  • cast my vote in the election booth after careful study of the candidates.
  • seek to be understood rather than just to be heard.
  • my attitude about someone’s opinion is not to slam it but to try to understand it. Ask the open-ended questions – who, what, where, how and why does the person have this opinion.
  • help others to thrive.

Because when it comes right down to it, my personal initiative of being a Watering Can is is not about me. It is about helping others thrive. I can’t do that unless there is a ‘will’ to have opinions matter for the collective good.

Of course! My opinion matters and the goal is to have it matter where love and security in mind, body and spirit win out.

Peace,

The Blogging Owl

Understanding

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Review: Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, by David Frum

In my own words

When it comes to the public in general, there are four types of voters in my opinion (book reviews are exempt from my Lenten abstention of giving opinions and pardon the cliches): firstly, the educated who are fed by the silver spoon, secondly, the educated who are raised by their own bootstraps, thirdly, the ‘uneducated’ informed, and lastly, the ignorant who believe whatever their ‘daddy’ believed. Just to be clear, I am not disparaging daddy. However, most ignorant people do not bother to become educated nor informed but tend to believe whatever is told to them. I am also not suggesting that all Trump voters are ignorant because there are ignorant voters in each political party. But I think it is safe to say that whoever does not cast a vote in any election is ignorant (but that’s another story or should I say, opinion).

Trump

Now on to my review of the book, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, by author and senior editor at the Atlantic, David Frum, published by Harper Collins, New York, NY, Copyright 2018.

Trumpocracy

From the book jacket in part: “David Frum has been collecting the lies, obfuscations, and flagrant disregard for the traditional limits placed on the office of the presidency. During his own tenure in the White House as speechwriter for George W. Bush, from witnessing the ways the presidency was limited not by law, but by tradition, propriety, and public outcry, all now weakened.”

There were two reasons why I purchased this book. One, because it is written by someone who has intimate knowledge and experience in a Republican White House and two, the book is heavily notated with the author’s sources.

Revealing

For people who continually ask, “how did this happen” to “I don’t understand how anyone could vote for this orange bullying dolt,” I recommend you read David Frum’s book, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic. The book reveals who the Trump voter is and why they would forsake tradition and propriety to vote for someone so unlike them from a socioeconomic standpoint, but who they believe seems to “talk like them” and personality-wise is probably one of them.

The Trump voter’s rally cry of draining the swamp namely of all Liberals, non-evangelical types and anyone who doesn’t stand for the United States national anthem would best remember that this deer in the headlights point in history culminated not solely because of the Democrat’s agenda but both political party agendas.

After reading this book, I did not come away agreeing with the Trump voter but I did come away with a better understanding of who they are and why they voted for Donald Trump as president. Unfortunately, as much as CNN bends left and Fox News bends right, we see the volleying of ‘fake news’ that feeds the ignorant voters on both sides of the aisle. (For the love of scotch! STOP watching cable news!)

Scary

Donald Trump may be a teetotaler. Yet, he sadly reminds me of my now deceased alcoholic father. (Who if he were alive today would no doubt have voted for Donald Trump.) Trumpocracy makes a convincing argument that Americans should be more afraid of Trump not only while he is president, but even more so when he leaves office. The American public need only to wake up each morning to what firestorm dear old daddy Donald has started this time. And though seemingly forgetting what he did the night before change course in the afternoon leaving all Americans wondering what ‘art of the deal’ he strikes by evening.

Hopeful

David Frum’s book, Trumpocracy doesn’t leave the reader feeling totally doomed. (Thank God!) Chapter 12 gives each American reason to remain hopeful beginning on page 219.

“These are dark days in the United States, yet they are pierced with shafts of light. A new spirit of citizen responsibility is working in the land.”

Although the Valentine 2018 massacre occurred after this book is flying off bookseller’s shelves, that sad event and its aftermath have America’s youth taking their cause to the doorsteps of politicians giving America hope that indeed a new spirit of concerned citizens, young and old not only are registering to vote but calling congressional offices.

David Frum gives the reader the best call to action in his book, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic and I don’t want to ruin it by quoting it in this review. Instead, I urge you to read and understand the crossroads at which the United States stands at this very moment.

My only desire for this book is that I had hoped it would have taken us further in history in it’s ‘Pre-Existing Conditions’ as titled in Chapter 1, otherwise, this book would have received the maximum hoot rating.

Hoot Rating

Genre: Political & Social Sciences, Politics & Government

On a scale of 1 to 5 Hoots, Trumpocracy, The Corruption of the American Republic, written by David Frum earns a 4 and ½ Hoot Rating.

1 to 5 Hoot Scale 4 and half star

Happy Reading!

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