The Rocco DeLeo Show
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Freedom is not guarenteed. Too many people don’t understand the dangers of progressivism toward our liberties. Join Rocco as he unpacks the great writings and teachings that led to our founding and continues to teach today. Not only will he share is opinion on issues, he will back it up with facts and have it make sense. This is show about teaching, not winning arguements. Stick around and join the conversation.
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Alexander Hamilton and Glenn Beck on Understanding Others |Rocco De Leo
Writing and speaking on political issues (any issue for that matter) has taught me one valuable lesson:
I am not always right.
If I can enter any discussion with that in mind, I would probably find myself right more often…if that statement makes any sense.
While writing on tough and divisive issues in a very polarized political environment, have been slapped with a dose of reality and perspective. I am a constitutional conservative, politically speaking…but I am much more than that. You may be a liberal, moderate, conservative, or undecided, and you are more than that as well. I started my show with the notion that everyone should believe exactly the way I do. Of course, I didn’t really say it that way or consciously think that, but that’s basically how I felt. Over the past few weeks, people who have read and heard me speak have reached out to share their thoughts and experiences. Some in nicer ways than others, but all appreciated. From reading and listening to people, I found a common thread on both sides of political issues.
People are not stupid. People are afraid. This fear comes from experience, real and completely justified fear from what is happening today in society, ignorance or not understanding issues (I often fall into this trap), and many other reasons, I’m sure. The paradigm for me is that starting from a point that others are afraid of something opens my heart to understanding. If I shoot down those fears as “unjustified” I am only fueling the anger that exists. I am dehumanizing the struggle of others and will never do any good. It is possible to empathize with the fears of people I don’t agree with or even understand. This is not a “selling out” of my principles.
There are right and wrongs on both sides of issues. There are very few absolutes (although there are some), and very few clear-cut answers to society’s problems. Even the founding fathers argued over issues that are “sacred” to the American way of life. In this week’s audio, I discuss two paradigm shifting (for me at least) articles. The first is Federalist 1 by Alexander Hamilton and the 2nd is an