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Shania sings… and then dances backwards

Nicole Nutting

Shania sings… and then dances backwards

By Nicole Nutting

      Shania Twain, Canadian entertainer, sang this tune in a recent interview with The Guardian: “I would have voted for him (Trump) because, even though he was offensive, he seemed honest.”

Oops…that song shouldn’t have been on the playlist!

Next day, the backwards boogaloo on Twitter: “I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President.”

We can be grateful she doesn’t vote in US elections, but this illustrates a much larger point. There are no “back-sies” in elections! Voting is a privilege, and we’re obligated to get it right the first time. If we’re to make lemonade from the lemon that was the 2016 election, it would be this: Lordy, what a wake-up call! With mid-term elections coming, perhaps we should fine-tune our approach to choosing candidates…

Science or God—take your pick—gave us brain cells, but it’s OUR responsibility to use them. That Trump “seemed honest” is insufficient information to make an intelligent choice, and five minutes of Internet research would have disabused Ms. Twain of that notion. Ours is the “information age”—what candidates DO is more re-levant than what they SAY, and their history is available online for all to see. We can’t be haphazard about this, or just go with the flow, or fall victim to brain-washing.

To all of you wonderful people of good conscience:

Make use of the tools at your disposal!

Don’t believe everything you hear—question everything!

Exercise your critical thinking ability!

In the final analysis, make up your own mind!

Never forget that this is exactly why there is a war on education—so that we’ll blindly and thoughtlessly follow along like sheep, without the brainpower to do otherwise. 2018 is our next chance to show these politicians that we don’t like the tune they’re singing. Call out the candidates who would undermine our freedoms and protections, and let’s see if we can make THEM dance backwards!

 

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