Who’s Your Hero

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jtp-katie-maumeeriver-0ct11Have you ever wondered what your personal choice of heroes says about you? I am gravely concerned by the moral decline of this country, and I attribute a lot of it to who we, our children and our leaders admire.

Having been on the inside of the political sphere for the past six years I have learned a lot, and it disgusts me. It disgusts me enough that soon I will be switching career fields. People are not who they seem and before you even hang up the phone with someone they have already double-crossed you. It’s become a “get-ahead” game, and if someone can use you, throw you under the bus to look better, or make money off of you, you better believe they will.

Whenever I hear people talk about how great a politician is (I don’t care what side of the aisle they are on) I shake my head and think, if only they knew the true nature of the “belly of the beast”.  For all those people who think President Obama is the greatest orator since Abraham Lincoln, I want to slap them and tell them they’ve officially been duped! Their “hero’s” planning worked, and it was money well spent on speech writing. I want to tell them, “Think for yourself!”, he just spent a ton of money polling and finding out what you want to hear; finding out what will make you swoon over him and think he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread.

I don’t look at these people as heroes. Why, because they can tell you what you want to hear and win an election? No, it’s what they will do with it that would make them a hero, and as far as I’m concerned, most of them are worried about the next election or their public image.

What concerns me more than this is the people our children do look up to. Heroes for them are based on acting, singing, or athletic talent. I don’t care how good you can act, how much hang time you have, or how well you can shake your bottom on national television during the Super Bowl. These things are superficial and don’t tell me who you really are, what your character is, and what you consider good and moral.

famActing is acting. Take, for example, Matt Damon. I enjoy his movies and find them entertaining to watch. He is a good actor. But then, off-screen, when he opens his mouth on anything concerning the country, I cringe, knowing that people will gobble up every word he says just because he’s a good actor. These Hollywood figures are hopping on the political trail, getting behind candidates and boasting how great they are. I don’t care what Sarah Jessica Parker or Eva Longoria think of a man running for President of the United States. In my opinion, a child has a better sense of someone’s character than these people. Unfortunately, these are people’s idols just because they’re famous.

Do you know who I look up to and think of as my heroes? My Mom and Dad, my husband, my Grandparents, my in-laws. These people who sacrifice every day for me, for their family, asking nothing in return; they have my utmost respect. These are the people I want to see influencing the culture of America because I know their true character and their morals and values are my own. We need more “mom and pops” to step up and get involved in the government process. We need heroes that want nothing more than for us, and America, to succeed. If we can’t shift the focus of the younger generation’s respect to good values, I’m afraid our country will continue down the Hollywood Progressive spiral and conservatism will be lost forever.


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  1. MargaretJacobson says

    My idol was my father !!

  2. ProudAmericanMom says

    Beautifully said. It’s a message I have conveyed to my own children over the years.

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