When I was a young mom many moons ago, my grandmother offered me some sterling advice:
“Pick your battles wisely.”
Simple stuff, just common sense really, but it was the best parenting tip that I’ve ever received.
After all, When you’re disciplining a toddler, is pulling clothes out of the dresser drawers on a par with touching the stove? No, and if you’re smart, you won’t place the same weight on each situation, so your child realizes that too.
Some scenarios require firm retaliatory action, other times you’re better off letting it go. The practice of choosing your battles wisely can be applied to any situation, relationships, work, family — and politics.
The first order of business is asking yourself what you really want to accomplish. For example, do you want healthcare for all, fair wages, and green energy?
Or do you want to concentrate on sideshow attractions like mainstream media’s Petty Outrage of the Day?
Pick your battles wisely.
Focusing on the issues that affect people’s daily lives packs more of a political punch than trying to unseat the Marmalade Moron. The former can change all of our lives for the better, the latter is a futile time-suck.
Because you know what? When Trump is gone, whenever that is, the people of this country will still need healthcare, fair wages, and green energy.
No matter who is sitting in the Oval Office, the American people’s well-being should be our first priority. We don’t have the luxury of indulging in partisan bitch-fighting over who’s the bigger crooks, the Democrats or the Republicans.
Neither is worth a dried-up mouse turd, so let’s put them all in their place.
The government, or our bratty toddler if you will, must realize we’re pushing back hard to alleviate the sufferings of our citizens, rather than obsessing over Trump’s gross, tawdry misadventures.
This is when most liberals stop listening, because they are convinced that our first order of business is replacing Trump, but let’s step back a second.
If a hornet is dive bombing you, odds are that little shit will be dive-bombing next in Hornet Heaven thanks to your fearsome Rolled-Up Magazine of Retribution. That solves your immediate problem, but if you don’t take out the entire nest the attacks will continue.
The issue is much more encompassing than that one hornet and that one occurrence.
Same with Cadet Bone Spurs. Practically speaking, he himself is almost irrelevant. The trick is attacking and abolishing the system that allowed him to park his blubber-butt on Pennsylvania Ave. in the first place.
Pick your battles wisely!
Do you want to be a catalyst for real change by destroying the hornet’s nest, or do you want to waste your energy swatting at a hundred hornets over a long period of time?
Believe it or not, there are those who’d rather be terrorized with surprise attacks from those little buzzing bastards because they’re too damn lazy to take on that hive.
So how do you get the incremental swatters to see the value in addressing the root of the problem?
When attempting to bridge the gap between two opposing viewpoints, first identify and define your shared goals. Once those are established, you can often backtrack from there to find a mutually acceptable solution.
But even during the most congenial of negotiations, you will have to make some concessions to achieve your main objectives.
What are you willing to give to get the problem resolved? It’s only with compromise and common sense and the occasional sedative that we can work together in the best interests for all.
So, which hill is worth dying on, hooker hi-jinks or healthcare? You make the call America. And please, please, PLEASE pick your battles wisely.