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Think for Yourself

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Socrates once said “To Find Yourself, Think For Yourself” There is so much truth in that statement. The reason I started this blog was to provide an alternative to all the partisan screaming heads in the political realm also I was bothered with where this country’s values were headed. I never 100% agreed with any of it and found through conversation with others that I was not alone. So here I am to write about something that I agree with whole-heartedly, my own opinions. In the course of this blog I hope to provide a forum for discussion for everything going on in the country today.
     So what I would like to do today is start from the bottom floor. I feel it is essential in this world of “everything now” to keep true to yourself and be an individual. I see too often that ones opinion is not actually their own but the opinion of Fox, CNN, or MSNBC, etc.  Internet articles or opinions from 3rd parties should not be your direct source of information on a topic. Now I listen to Rush Limbaugh most every day due to the amount of driving my job requires. While I find him entertaining he also bugs me and rarely he even stresses me out with his huge slant on the going ons of the world.The two talk radio hosts I really enjoy listening to are Tom Sullivan and my absolute favorite John Mcginness because I feel that they bring a refreshing element of conversation on topics where everyone is open to their own opinion and intelligent discussion can pursue. That being said I don’t immediately take their position and make it mine. If the topic that they are discussing interests me or I feel like it would be an interesting conversation for later on with my friends or family I make sure to look up the facts about the situation not just the articles of interest about it.
      OK, let’s get into the meat of the subject on hand . First things first, in order to think for yourself  and take a position you must start looking things up for yourself , you must be knowledgable of what exactly you are talking about and not just what others say about it. I also try to take this to another level and once I understand the subject matter and background information pertaining to it I look up the articles on the subject that networks and companies with opposing views post so that I am able to get a very clear understanding of why and how each side feels the way they feel. Now I never used to do this, I would just take what I heard for fact but I soon realized that in having a conversation with another I typically was under informed on the matter and therefore unable to defend my view or expose weaknesses in another’s argument.
     So, this brings me to my final and arguably most important point. (pun intended) If you don’t know what you are talking about or you enter a portion of the conversation that you’re just not comfortable with the extent of your knowledge on the topic, just admit it! Because if you dont I guarantee you will be found out and brought down for it. Nobody likes “that guy” that argues just to argue if you admit that you’re not fully informed or invested in the topic it will go over a lot better than embarrassing yourself, I promise. There is nothing worse in a conversation that not only feeling frustrated but looking like you don’t know what you’re talking about. If people feel that you just regurgitate what they hear on the news or radio then why are they going to be willing to discuss it with you? They’ve already heard what you have to say from someone with more authority that you on the subject, you just look like a blind follower. Dont be a blind follower. Believe what you believe in. Just know why you believe what you believe. It makes life a lot easier.
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Feel Free To Kill Yourself

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“you should quit those cancer sticks”

“those thing’ll kill you”

Yes, yes we all know. Cigarettes are unhealthy, even considered deadly. But does that give us free reign to single out smokers the way we do. To ridicule others and do our best to confine them into social solidarity; being left to uncomfortable glances, covered mouths, and bogus coughs while they they perform the perfectly legal act of smoking? How about covering the boxes with intentionally uncomfortable reminders of the act they are about to perform. When it comes time to find a way to generate more revenue one of the first ideas to present itself is to tax the sale of tobacco because “hey, if you don’t smoke, it doesn’t affect you…” I would venture to say that if this were any other social or political group today, the people would be up in arms as to how they were treated on a daily basis. Smoking is a constitutional right given to all men and women in this country and should they so choose to partake in the particular act or habit of smoking then that individual should not be condemned for their decision. Tobacco is a perfectly legal drug and therefore should not be exposed to the unnecessary and overbearing regulations imposed upon it.That is not to say that I do not believe in anti-smoking campaigns. Sure! Get The awareness out there SMOKING CAN KILL YOU!!! But you shouldn’t in turn infringe on the rights of tobacco companies to display their message also. Smoking advertisements used to be commonplace, no one thought twice about the Marlboro Man or Joe Camel, but cigarettes have become so demonized NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to go so far as to hide them from plain sight! California Assemblyman Marc Levine authored a bill that would prohibit individuals from smoking inside their own home! What kind of  “free country” are we living in? Now I am not here to say one way or the other on the health effects of smoking or even secondhand smoke for that matter. I simply believe that we have gone too far with the regulations that we have imposed on tobacco products, so much so that we are infringing on the constitutional rights of not only smokers but the tobacco companies themselves. The product is legal, the act is legal, the consequences may be deadly, but it is the right of a citizen of these United States to make that decision for themselves.

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