Trying to better myself

I have always been interested in politics and since retirement I have become involved in state politics. Now that Bush is out of office and Obama is in, politics has taken on a new meaning. During the last few years of Bush’s administration he started to act like a liberal Democrat and now we have a far-left Democrat in office. Between the two of them our country has started down the road to fiscal irresponsibility, bigger government, erosion of the Constitution and a disturbing trend towards socialism and a welfare state.
In order to be better informed and make wise choices about who I vote for and what policies and practices I will support, I have started to read more about economics, history, and politics. For a few years now I have watched lectures from the Teaching Company about philosophy, history, economics, science, mathematics and political history. Right now I am watching a lecture series on the history of conservatism.
As for reading, I have been reading quite a few books lately. Some of the titles are:

  • The Five Thousand Year Leap by W. Cleon Skousen
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  • Liberty & Tyranny by Mark Levin
  • Arguing with Idiots by Glenn Beck
  • Rights of Man by Thomas Paine
  • The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

I get into a lot of debates on Twitter, Facebook, and FriendFeed and I need to be better educated and informed in order to present a persuasive argument in support of my beliefs. I am truly concerned about the future of our country and I intend to do everything I can to prevent our country from heading in the wrong direction.

I am off the soap box for now. There are a lot of other things going on but I will save them for another day.