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A Game of Fools

A Cubs baseball game was over and a highway patrolman noticed that a big group of fans were congregating at a local bar to celebrate an actual victory.  He returned at closing time confident that he would make an arrest.  Sure enough, when the bar closed, the Cubs fans started staggering outside to head home.

The patrolman’s attention immediately focused on one particular fan who was so obviously inebriated that he could barely walk. He stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes looking for his car.  After trying his keys on five other cars, he finally found his own vehicle. He sat in the car a good ten minutes as the other fans left.  He turned his lights on, then off, wipers on, then off. Finally, when he was the last car, he started to drive away.

The patrolman swooped in and pulled the man over. He administered a breathalyzer test and was astounded when the device registered a 0.00 reading. “This equipment must be broken!” exclaimed the patrolman.

“I doubt it,” said the fan… “It was my turn to be the Designated Decoy.”

This story reminds us that while things may appear one way, when we take the time look deeper into the facts and find the truth – it can be very different than what we first believe.  This is not new; way back in 1885 the “Syracuse Daily Standard” published an article that quoted a speech by Judge William J. Groo who complained about the actions of politicians. He spoke a version of the adage – “You can fool all the people part of the time, or you can fool some people all the time, but you cannot fool all people all the time.”

As we move into full election mode here in Iowa I urge you to take the time and dig a little deeper for the truth. Go attend an event of the opposite party – don’t sit back and rely on the press or other people’s thoughts to influence your opinion. We live in Iowa; we have no excuse to not go see and hear for ourselves the people that want to lead our country. We have to stop being fooled by BOTH sides.

The U.S. rose to greatness by leading the world in innovation. We innovated through never before seen FREEDOMS that allowed the economy to grow.  The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom reported that we have dropped from the list of the top ten freest economies in the world.  Quoting the report- “Since 2006, the U.S. has suffered a dramatic decline, with particularly large losses in property rights, freedom from corruption, and control of government spending,” according to the report. “Substantial expansion in the size and scope of government has contributed significantly to the erosion of U.S. economic freedom.”

It’s time to stop being fooled.

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