The Difference Between Being Right and Being Smart.
written by Zackary Richards
Politically I consider myself a Radical Moderate. It’s not a popular stance these days with everyone demanding that you must adhere to every tenant of liberalism or conservatism.
I am a liberal in some instances and a conservative in others. Which of course generates flak from both sides
But I don’t mind being a lone wolf because I’m smart and don’t allow myself to be swept up in the hot topic of the day.
The reality of most of these situations is that most people are lazy and generally want to be on whatever side that’s winning. They want to feel good about themselves. They want to feel that they are better, more knowledgeable, more patriotic. That’s why there is so much polarity in this country. After eight years of a rebuilding process, which included a liberal agenda whereas all people were offered healthcare and refugees from war-torn countries were given asylum, many people started asking, wait a second, who’s paying for this and why aren’t my concerns being addressed?
And rightly so.
Which led to the Trump presidency.
When you break it down it comes to this.
Being right comes with consequences. Too often people forget that. These days people feel they have every right to protest whatever they want and people just better damn well accept it because they’re right and their opponents are wrong.
Let’s take the issue of those athletes who kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance. Like it or not they have every right to do so. So says our constitution.
However, the people who watch those sports are under no obligation to support or attend those games nor are the owners under any obligation to sign those players or to continue employing them. That is their right.
In retaliation, many black leaders are calling for the black community to boycott those teams. Again, they have every right to do so.
Then the question is, can these sports teams survive without black players? Or the loss of black attendees?
I don’t know. But the question is, where does this road lead us? The bankruptcy of the less profitable sports teams? Perhaps the re-institution of the Negro leagues? Segregated seating? Polarization of the races?
That’s what being RIGHT will get you.
Here’s another example:
John Lennon a British citizen openly supported radical anti-war advocates. In return the U.S government spent seven years making his life miserable, by wire-tapping his phone, following him and investigating his finances. He couldn’t leave the country to visit his aunt because he knew he’d never get back in.
The smart thing would have been to support the members of Congress who were against the war. This way he would have support from those in power who could get the FBI to back off, or perhaps never investigate him in the first place.
How about the Kent State incident? Those college students were absolutely right to protest the Vietnam war, up until the very minute they were shot dead by the national guardsmen who were likely the same age, and probably in the national guard to avoid having to go to Vietnam.
Here’s the smart thing. Never and I mean NEVER, piss off a guy holding a loaded gun. Especially a group of armed people! Not everyone can show restraint. Some people have a short temper and a hair trigger.
My point? The cemeteries are filled with people who were right. The smart ones are those who visit those graves
If we don’t stop focusing on the things that are wrong with this country and start focusing on all things that are great about it, our country will be torn apart, leaving us standing on the sidelines watching it burn, bemoaning its fate but secure in the knowledge that we were right!