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By Dan Carlson
Columnist Prairie Ponderings 

What Can We Do


February 10, 2021 | View PDF

I know my columns haven’t been cheerful in recent weeks. It’s hard to see our country heading where we’d rather it not go. I was once in a mentoring relationship with an accomplished CEO who told me, “Don’t bring me problems unless you also have solutions to them.” And while I can’t lay out how to resist the Great Reset in just one column, today I bring ideas on where to start.

While most Americans were busy with careers, raising kids and life in general, an insidious movement took over key American institutions. That movement now controls federal government, universities, the media, big tech and even some church denominations. It’s also overwhelming when we think of the scale of what we’re up against. That’s why resisting has to begin small – in our homes, communities and counties.

The first step is to educate ourselves. Too many people tell me they don’t watch news because it’s upsetting. Good. It’s propaganda anyway. But we can’t remain ignorant so we have to inform ourselves while we still can. That means reading independent books, blogs and articles like this one. Seek out alternative news sites trying to provide objectivity or offer a number of views on one story. Take a look at,, or instead of Fox, CNN, MSNBC and legacy networks.

We must be ready to articulate our beliefs in our own words, not with talking points we got from a blog, podcast or talk radio. Understand WHY you believe what you do, and why you think your beliefs are superior to others. We must be willing and able to patiently express our thoughts in a framework of logic that’s consistent and easy to understand.

It’s also vital to be proactive concerning our children and their education. Talk with them about what they’re learning in school, ask questions about their classes, teachers and lesson content. Be prepared to speak up if you encounter subject matter being taught that’s contrary to your values. Get involved at school board meetings, network with like-minded parents, and train kids for what they’ll encounter in the world. I’ll give an example.

My son is attending college on the East Coast. One day his English teacher launched into a discussion about human-caused global warming using the usual propaganda. My son decided to speak up. He explained his dad is an experienced meteorologist, which enabled him to deliver a rebuttal so effectively that the teacher eventually admitted there were things she needed to reconsider and ended the conversation. In our case, home schooling and open discussions about contemporary issues taught our kids how to question and debate opposing views.

It’s also time to be careful about what we say and where we say it. A few weeks back I was in a store where a man was boasting to an employee about how many guns he owned, what kind they were, and how many rounds of ammunition he had stored for when the excrement hits the swirling cooling device (I cleaned that up). Everyone nearby could hear the fellow. With potential for confiscatory gun control in the near future, now’s not the time to be telling everyone what you’ve got.

Next week, I’ll detail some of that new gun legislation.


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