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Another Joe In The News

Posted Thursday, September 10, 2009, at 7:59 AM

I'm glad I'm not named Joe. Joe is a nice name I think, solid sounding, patriotic, and one of the most popular names for a man. The reason I'm glad I'm not named Joe? Joe's seem to be getting a bad rap lately.

Take "Joe the Plumber", who as far as I can tell was never really a licensed plumber. He was under the microscope for quite a while during the presidential election for his comments, and now we have Joe the Congressman Wilson that yelled out "you lie" during President Obama's congressional address to kick around.

I'm not gonna kick either Joe, but I don't condone their actions either. What I see is something much deeper going on than a guy that made some statements stretching his circumstances to make a point, or an emotional outburst during a presidenal speech. It's obvious that the divide in our country is deep, and it doesn't appear to be getting better with all the name calling, brow beating, and outright distortions of facts by both sides of the arguments.

Where did we make the wrong turn down the divided political highway to come to the point that we must bash our fellow Americans with name calling and insults that likely would seldom be made in a face to face discussion? Are we The Americans, the same country that brought us the "Greatest Generation"? What made that generation so great? Well, one things for sure, after all the debate about the reasons, the final analysys shows that among other things the country came together to defeat a common enemy.

Nowadays, the common enemy seems to be the left or the right depending on which side of the political fence you ride. Seems as though the art of compromise that framed our countries parameters from the beginning are completely lost.

Are so many folks so tired of the debate strategies that they are unwilling to listen to each other anymore? If you read the blogs on the Gazette, it seems pretty obvious what the answer to that question is. I'm guilty of it, I refuse to read some of the political blogs here on the Gazette anymore as the discourse is counterproductive to me. It's too bad as we need some answers to our nations problems that everybody can live with. You know... that Greatest Generation thing about coming together in times of trouble? It's as though we have lost the notion that a democracy is what we live in, and the guy with the most votes leads, like it or not. At least in our democracy, we get to correct leadership mistakes every few years.

After the election, I made the comment in one of my blogs that I felt "divided we fall" as a nation. After thinking about it a bit, I looked up the origin of the "united we stand, divided we fall" statement and to my surprise, it is attributed to Aesop, the fable guy.


That really surprised me, but in the same discussion of the origin of the divided we fall quote was another famous quote from Sun Tsu's Art of War... "Divide and Conquer".

Well, it appears the battle lines have been drawn as both sides are doing their best to do exactly what Sun Tsu recommended. I only hope our Republic isn't the ultimate looser.

Please don't forget to contact your congressional representative to let them know what you think of health care reform. There are some really good ideas out there in my opinion, but maybe my opinion differs from yours, it would be a shame if my ideas trumped yours simply because you didn't let 'em know. FYI- They accept email!

And as one final note for air guitar players here's an oldie... perhaps an appropriate tune to practice on called Mother Freedom... If you don't want to start the video, the lyrics are shown below the video... Peace Out!

Lyrics to "Mother Freedom" - An old "hippie" rock tune by Bread...

Freedom - keep walkin'

Keep on your toes and don't stop talkin' 'bout

Freedom - get goin'

Lots to be learned and lots to be knowin' 'bout

People - gotta reach 'em

Sit 'em right down and then you gotta teach 'em 'bout

Freedom - gotta win it

Gotta put yourself smack dab in it

Hey tomorrow

Now don't you go away

'Cause freedom

Just might come your way

Freedom - keep tryin'

People stay alive and people keep dyin' for

Freedom - so don't lose it

Ya gotta understand ya just can't abuse it

Freedom - get movin'

Never gonna stop till everybody's groovin' on

Love for - one another

Callin' some friend and callin' some brother

Hey tomorrow

You're not so far away

Mother freedom

we'll know you well someday

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Good blog Brian. You are correct the other blogs are more about calling people names and not about the issues. Maybe they can learn from your blog that there is a better way.

-- Posted by gary on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 9:56 AM

in complete agreement with gary. i am within a hairs breadth of also not reading the political blogs anymore.

-- Posted by doodle bug on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 10:47 AM

Mr. Hoag, thank you for your blog, how refreshing to read one without all the name calling.

But sorry to say, it's probably coming.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 1:43 PM


It appears the voice of reason has pervailed.

It would appear the powers that be in McCook or somewhere decided the vitriol had to end.

When anyone attempted to present established facts on either of the "political" blogs, that blogger was immediately labeled a Communist or Facist, or a Communist Facist.

Your message today is what it should be.

We don't have to give up our rights to consider all sides, review the facts, and reach considered decisions - in order to have a political debate.

The irony is they same people who felt entitled to heap vitriolic disdain upon any political leader they don't support, go ballistic if the same tactic is applied to them.

Keep up the good work, there on the FARMSTEAD.

If the weeds won't surrender, consider buying some goats and sell goat milk and cheese.

You can do that on five acres, what with grazing tethered goats along the roadsides and keeping that growth down, particularly around the crossroads.

Benefit public safety and feed the goats.

Fair warning, once you settle down and start milking those critters, you better have a reserve milking crew from the Cambridge Senior Center, so you and the Boss can take a few days off to visit the high country.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 6:28 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

Hank... No more critters for us... we got cats aplenty already to deal with, and I'm tired of gettin' 'em fixed.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 9:16 PM

*stands up and applauses* Your blog has been by far from the begining my favorite one to read. I'm glad you decided to keep writing.

-- Posted by npwinder on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 1:00 AM

I too have given up on the "other" blogs... but i always love to hear from you Brian! Your blog is refreshing and not filled with hate.

I am also glad to see Kevin's sports blog joining so i will have more to read...

Maybe once the comments on the other's decline they will start to realize that the Gazette online readers are tired of their hate filled spewing and name calling!

-- Posted by S&DC on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 11:10 AM


See today's Gazette.

Make a deal to rent a trailer-load of that goat mob.

They should be able to clear five acres in a day or so. And think of all the free fertilizer spread.

-- Posted by HerndonHank on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 3:46 PM

Just what we need around here Hank... more fertilizer for the weed patch. You do recall this place was a outdoor hog operation for years right?


-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 8:34 PM

S&DC - I have it from an unnamed source that the political blogs will be back in due time.

I'm glad too. I think we need an honest debate on the issues. I for one am hoping I'll be back to reading Mike and Sam in the near future.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 8:48 PM

If the political blogs return if would be nice if there could be a civil debate about the political issues, without all the hate, name calling, and lies.

-- Posted by goarmy67 on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 9:01 PM

It wouldn't surprise me if the firt one blog is how the gazette is trying to censor free speech and that they should have moved the blog.

Course, reading some of them comments in other places of the site I could see the comments being disabled. I'd suggest trying to find volunteers to moderate, but with the bunch of people on the site, they would just say the mods were just trying to silence their side of the debate.

-- Posted by npwinder on Sat, Sep 12, 2009, at 6:37 PM

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