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“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”
by Vince Ansel

Complacency-The Silent Killer”

        I’ve been watching the ebb and flow of victories and defeats of both the Democrat and Republican parties for decades now. It’s a never-ending battle to determine which ideology will be victorious in controlling the direction, policies, morals, principles and people of this nation.

       Politically speaking, it is a fact that the nation as a whole leans “right of center”. I don’t know what the exact numbers are but based on an estimated United States population of around 325 million people I assume that number to be in the tens of millions in favor of those who veer to the “right”. Intellectually, one would assume that issues involving immigration, abortion, economics, preserving history, religion, social issues, domestic and foreign policy, etc., etc., would favor the Conservative platform. This is far from the truth.

        Despite nearly two years of a Republican controlled Congress and Presidency we continue to have “open borders”, abortion on demand, the desecration of our National Monuments, disrespect for our Police, Flag and Military, the coddling of Illegal Aliens, the funding of nations hostile to our Republic; the list goes on and on. We now have a split government where Republicans still maintain control of both the Senate and the Presidency but have lost the House in the 2018 midterm elections.

        The numbers simply don’t add up as to why this nation relinquishes control in many instances to Democrat/Socialist policies when Conservative governance should be the rule of the land! This is frustrating to those who pay attention to such matters. Blame is directed towards the Democrat/Socialist/Anarchist cabal without looking inwardly as to how Republicans contribute to our nation’s turmoil.

        We oftentimes ignore or overlook the fact that Republican voters are notorious for being either absent or way too complacent when it comes down to being politically active and to get out and vote! The Republican turnout in the 2018 mid-terms is a perfect example of this self-defeating, repetitive attitude. Democrat “crazies” who now dominate in the House, are the result of Republican voter lethargy.

        How many times have you engaged with people who vehemently bitch about the anti-America sentiment griping our nation, only to find that they didn’t bother to vote in the last election? Voting is the lifeblood of this nation. It ensures that the American culture stays on the “straight and narrow”.

        Republicans and Conservatives often carry the notion that “others” will do the heavy lifting when it comes down to warding off the withering assaults on our Constitution, Traditions and Values.

        Waiting for the pressure to build until something explodes is always too little, too late. Evidence is abounding that pressure is reaching critical mass as crazed Democrats compete in who can conjure up the most creative schemes in how to demolish a Republic that has given us and the world so much.

        Being politically active in promoting Conservative values is no different than preventative maintenance on your vehicle. You either change the oil regularly or simply wait for the engine to seize and be non-functional. 

        A trap that most appear to fall into is the perception that individual effort may not be making any difference. Remember this: every effort to uplift and better this nation does not go to waste. Our energies have a cumulative effect which collectively moves the needle in the desired direction. Complacency is a cancer cloaked in comfort and security. It equates to the eventual demise of everything we love and cherish. Get active!

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Vince Ansel from Phoenix, Arizona joined RidersUSA in 2010. He is Politically Conservative, a Military Combat Vet, Husband, Father and Grandpa. Being relentless in preserving traditional values and our God given Constitutional Rights is core to his values. He accepts life's many challenges with grace, dignity and determination. Rides a 2005 Harley Davidson Fatboy.

June, 2019



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