I am amazed at people’s willingness to share their opinions on just about anything. One exclusive on 20/20 or the latest one-liners from Glenn Beck and we become experts on any subject. I’ve shared with you before that I don’t get into politics very much at all. As someone who has acdemically studied something in depth, I now feel totally unqualified to have strong opinions about anything (much less politics) without having done the research. I don’t research politics; therefore I don’t have many opinions about it.
One of the most amazing things about people’s willingness to criticize our government is where it happens. To me, the funniest place this occurs in on the interstate. We spend hours driving down government maintained roads while cursing the government for mismanagement of funds, shady business deals, and international insensitivity. While we travel on their roads! It cracks me up. Maybe that’s not very funny to you – I think there’s a lot of irony there. It’s like people who criticized Bush but then made sure they received their child tax credit. Or those who criticized Clinton while taking advantage of the Family Medical Leave Act. There’s something wrong about that.
Though I may not agree with everything our government does, I’m not about to slander them while taking advantage of their provision for our country. Sure, there’s plenty of mismanagement in government. But I’m not really talking about government here, am I? I’m talking about people. Americans feel they have a right to assert their opinions. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, there is something terribly wrong in turning a blind eye to the fortunate lifestyle we partake of. The ungrateful message between the lines? “I could do better.” At least for me, I’m not so sure I could. Maybe that’s a better topic to think about while driving down the road.