We must be vigilant

I’m not saying this to brag, but today I was on the phone, not only with citizen activists, but officials from the city, the school district and Minnehaha County discussing ideas and solutions. I have also had countless conversations with state legislators in the past couple of days.

I could never imagine a ‘hobby’ I took on 13 years ago would flourish into something where elected leaders would ask me for advice on how to solve these problems. I don’t have all the answers, but I think our conversations help root out the bad ideas. For this I am grateful.

I am honored to call some these people my friends, who appreciate my opinion, but often disagree.

I have often been of the opinion that this line in the 1st Amendment is the most important to the survival of a free society;

” . . . to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

I want to remind people you have a voice, you don’t need to run a blog or a controversial FB page to make yourself heard. You just have to speak out.

I won an online contest about a decade ago with this line about freedom of speech;

“Freedom is FREE. SPEAK OUT!”

I still believe it.

We will never survive if we don’t embrace our liberties. We can crush greed with the truth. This is really what the virus is about, revealing how as a human society we have lost our way and become to comfortable. We must always be vigilant. My favorite philosopher said it best;

“The greatest wealth is to live content with little” – Plato



8 comments ↓

#1 D@ily Spin on 04.16.20 at 8:33 pm

You have gained a collective manner that is a resource. The political realm looks into public opinion but not often enough. What’s happening is finding the population and building something. It’s not ‘Leave it to Beaver’. That was the perspective until ‘Brady Bunch’ came along. There’s been several generations without a definition. Now, there’s a challenge. Where do we go because of the impact of the virus? Rich will lose wealth in a weak economy. Middle class will eek out a living with services. Poor will make soup from shoe leather. It’s different now. We can’t count on government when there’s disorganization. It’s a new place and time.

#2 John on 04.16.20 at 8:51 pm

Well said once again my friend. Be vigilant, passionate and certain. Nothing is neither good nor bad, thinking makes it so. (NOT MINE but Shakespeare I believe)

#3 Doctor Who on 04.17.20 at 5:32 am

Please identify these elected officials that seek your input so they can be promptly voted out. We all know Big T is one but she’s a few French fries short of a happy meal which you no doubt pilfered.

#4 l3wis on 04.17.20 at 7:32 am

Not a chance, but nice try.

BTW, I haven’t talked to Theresa in at least 3 days.

#5 "Very Stable Genius" on 04.17.20 at 12:42 pm

Noem just admitted at a current press conference, that she is not good at math, and then claimed we flatten the curve here in South Dakota. And then, she had Sec. Rysdon explain how they came up with that analysis.

Apparently, they are claiming successful flattening of the curve in the state, because the measures that have been taken in this state are the reason we now need fewer hospital beds, then thought at first.

Yah, but one big hot spot like Smithfield, can blow a projection like that out of the water.

What Noem should be telling people is that we have very few deaths in South Dakota given the number of cases, but that’s because we have a higher percentage of cases within the 20 to 40 age group (mostly from Smithfield, I assume), who tend to weather COVID-19 better than older folks; but I am afraid that advantage will we blown soon, if we don’t shut down the state before COVID-19 infected individuals are allowed to continue to infect our older populations in this state.

Math. Not On It.

#6 LJL on 04.17.20 at 7:47 pm

Politicians asking you for advice…Oh boy! So your pissy I don’t share my identity, but you wont tell us which of our elected officials are seeking your advice.

Thanks for the chuckle.

LJL

#7 l3wis on 04.17.20 at 7:58 pm

Believe it or not it’s because I respect them, and I certainly would not allow them to bullied by anonymous assholes like you. If they want to come on here and verify they talked to me, I’m okay with that. I know you don’t believe it, but if you even knew the political stripes that reach out to me, you may be surprised. I have often maintained I am an indy that takes ideas from a wide range of politicos. Do I lean left? Hell yes I do, because the more I dive into what is right for the people, those ideas usually come from progressives.

#8 Anonymoose on 04.18.20 at 5:06 pm

How impressive and grandiose!