A few days ago I was at an art show where tens of thousands had the opportunity to see my paintings. I saw two cute grandmothers which looked to be in their late seventies. I greeted them with a smile, but I was surprised when they lashed out that I was “mean-spirited.” As I tried to discuss the issues they simply couldn’t get past their own perceptions. They really feel that Obama wants to help us and anyone who is against him simply must not have a heart. I know that many of these people mean well, but how can anyone be so blind?
I suppose they see Conservatives as “mean-spirited” because we don’t believe in the redistribution of wealth. We believe that in order to have freedom we must have the freedom to succeed… or the freedom to fail; that the federal government has a limited role in our life. We don’t believe in heavy taxes and spending our way out of a financial crisis.
It seems to me that part of the problem is that many in
suffer from apathy. At a time in our history when we are so comfortable, even the poorest among us have more than the middle class enjoyed in the early part of the 20th Century. Some see the federal government as the answer to all their problems. I think the federal government is the problem! America
What if your family was on the verge of bankruptcy? Would you go out and buy a new luxury car and live like you won the lottery? Would you write checks to all your favorite charitable organizations? Would you think it appropriate to simply reduce your monthly credit card purchases, even though you had already maxed out the limit! Would you be “mean-spirited” if you said “no” to such behavior?