Go Talk To Real People ('to' them, not 'at' them)
But the real impact of societal change is more likely to occur when we shut down the electronic devices and go talk to neighbors, coworkers, associates, fellow worshipers, and even our own relatives. We can make a real impact by talking about our concerns, listening to fellow football dads (& moms), neighbors, and especially when we talk to folks from another generational demographic.
Nothing gets accomplished by talking at people. You have to actually listen and affirm valid principles. You have to admit personal shortcomings and not worry about not having all the answers to every objection.
I would hope that none of us waits for our political party to dictate our own talking points. It's often an indicator that we really aren't doing our own thinking. We all are complex and incomplete in our politics. It's actually a healthy indicator when we shift our preferred solutions. It means we're still thinking and challenging ourselves.
Be true to your principles and moral convictions. But avoid trying to control other peoples' lives. Freedom of Speech is a beautiful thing. An even more beautiful thing is when two people respectfully let each other dissent and still remain valued friends.
Love is still the most crucial virtue in any society.
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...