In our society, we are inundated with information: text messages, “tweets”, commercials, sound bites, etc. Sadly, with all of this information, there is very little knowledge. Today, if you were to stop and ask someone questions like:
What form of government do we have? Can you explain the difference between the national debt and the deficit? In our current monetary system, do you think it is better to have our current fiat system or was the classical gold standard better? What is the role of the U.S. Constitution? The State Constitutions? Does our trade deficit hurt us in the global market? Can you explain the political relationship between the Federal Government and the State Governments?
You will probably be met with blank stares, a shrug of the shoulders, or an “I don’t know”. Questions like these can sound hard, scary or maybe even boring but, knowing the answers to things like this are critical to understand the things that are affecting your life. They:
Affect the prices you pay in the supermarket, for a car and most everything else you buy Can determine how you are allowed to raise your children Can affect the price of your utilities or who you are allowed to purchase from And on and on…
They are also critical in being able to make an informed opinion on the candidates we select to represent us in office and the legislation that is passed. In our society, politics has been boiled down to a sports like mentality. People pick either a Democrat or a Republican and then cheer their “team” in the elections. This, sadly, is the problem with the direction of our nation. People no longer seek knowledge or have political discussions beyond typical partisan talking points.
That is why “Wake Up And Smell The Freedom” was started. To give people an environment to openly ask questions and discuss without having to feel silly, ashamed, or embarrassed. We try to make the environment as friendly and laid back as possible and our discussions are topic driven not partisan. Many people are surprised that the answers too many of the questions above and many other questions are really not that difficult if you have just some basic understandings. So, come join us and make some great friends along the way as we journey down the path of knowledge.