An educated electorate is a politician’s worst nightmare

What makes an expert?  You’ll hear most people talk about the knowledge base one possesses on a certain topic constitutes the making of an expert.  In reality, I just need to know one more thing about a subject than you and I instantly become the expert in the room.

Seems tenuous, right?  If you listen to the talking heads on TV considered “experts” you’ll realize my definition may not be that far off.  I recommend never listening to the talking head “experts” from either side but, if you do, first understand their bias.

Most of the media is incredibly Liberal but you have your pockets of conservatism.  I can listen to the same story on CNN and Fox News and get a completely different take.  It’s frightening because facts do not change.  People interpret the facts based on their political view.

In some cases, the viewpoint is not diabolical.  People see things from a different perspective as seen by the famous six or nice illustration. In other cases, it is agenda driven propaganda as witness by flip flopping politicians based on the White House occupant.

I think Kerry Livgren wrote it best in the song A Hero’s Canticle when he opined “Now the years will steal away our youth.  A lie can change, but not the truth.”

If you want true boredom but actual facts, check out the Congressional Record.  It’s a snoozefest without question but it also has the real news. Everyone has heard about the controversial bill HR 370.  You’ll know it better as the repeal of Obamacare.  It repeals “the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health care provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. The repeal is effective on January 1, 2020. Provisions of law amended by the repealed provisions are restored.”

I’ll give you a moment to catch your breath from the excitement of that last sentence. News is not exciting unless you love news.  But if you want unfiltered information get into the habit of reading the Congressional Record.  It’s where the facts live.

And, do yourself a favor.  Read it and make your own decisions on the topic.  Do not seek the “expert advice” of a talking head.

Bill HR 861 will terminate the Environmental Protection Agency on December 31, 2018.  Whether you think the EPA is a good thing or not is up to you and cultivated by your life’s experiences.  As the bill moves through committee, you’ll hear the Left Wing nuts carry on about poison in our drinking water and the Right Wing nuts crowing about the cost savings of not having an EPA.

Make your own decision and vote accordingly in the next election. Theoretically, congressional and senate representatives should speak to their constituents and vote according to their will.  Unfortunately, the system was bastardized as political office morphed from service to the public to a career in public service.

Now, the electorate is forced to elect a representative whose views closely resemble their own rather than the representative talking to constituents to get a sense of how the district wants to vote on a topic.

With any luck President Trump will drain the swamp and get rid of career politicians.  America needs people doing the business not politicians giving people he business.

 

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About Armando Diana

A freelance writer for more than 25 years I covered the political scene in New Jersey which can prepare anyone for national politics. I have no fancy political degrees and I'm definitely not a lawyer - I am a common person who is fed up with politics. I want leaders focused on doing what is right for the country, not for them.
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