Originally Posted by ShaktisBoy
What can 1 guy do but start talking to others?
That was pretty funny
. In a sad sort of way.
It reminded me of my son, thirty years ago, complaining about dinner.
He had no hand in getting the dinner to the table, no responsibility, no fiscal participation or, in fact, any participation in the dinner's preparation, and no responsibility for the results-- whether it was going to make him sick, get vitamins into him, or have a small enough impact on our budget
that we would have food
left in the morning.
But he didn't like it.
What can you do?
This is a meaningless internet
board. A post here has the same significance as my son's complaints-- both will vanish down the vortex of the drain, and be lost
in the debris of meaningless complaints, whining and churlish protests.
What can you do? You can start by finding out what you can do.
Then you can either have a seat, along with the rest of the folks whose complaints aren't significant enough, even to them, to actually merit action, or you can get off your dead ass and do something beyond complaining. You can form a PAC. You can donate one dollar, one latte, or one hour to an organization that supports the particular cause you claim is so important-- in this case, the Fourth Amendment. (If I were to choose that particular battle, I'd look at the ACLU. But that's me. And any organization is subject to homogenization. You'll find out what that is in step one. An organization isn't always the best answer, particularly for extremely focused causes, or limited, finite goals.)
Or you can have that seat.
Remaining silent implies acceptance. It means that while you don't like spinach, there's nothing you're capable or willing to do about it. Since you're capable, it's the willing clause that applies here.
on the internet
is remaining silent, because it has no effect. It's the same as my son's complaints. The people putting dinner on the table will blow you off, and if they remember you, it will be to use as a bad example. What you say won't change dinner, not that night, not ever.
Posting doesn't change anything, it doesn't do anything. It doesn't "get people talking", it sure as hell doesn't change opinions. Even if the internet changed overnight, and suddenly you could change an opinion with it, that wouldn't matter. Because it doesn't change the opinions that matter. That, too, can be an exercise in research
. Why wouldn't changing an opinion with a post on this board matter? How can that be? The answer(s) will go a long ways towards explaining to you why the U.S. Coast Guard has carte blanc in the year 2014 to stop vessels and search them.
So if you were a True Believer in what you're saying, you'd be on it. You'd be changing it. (Both those statements assume that you are an adult, and that you have a reasonably sound, moral character. Let me know if either of those assumptions are incorrect.) And if a) you understood how to change it, and b) you were involved in changing it, you wouldn't be here complaining about it, because you would know how useless that is, and you wouldn't bother. Not to mention that you wouldn't want to risk saying something that could impede your cause.
Now do you understand the real disconnect between us?