I believe that people should be more involved in politics, but it seems like it's the the "good ol' boys club" nowadays. Once you join the club, you are obligated to fall in line with the others and conform to the local political dogma. In our county, we have a county commissioner running for office without his party's support because he spoke up against what he considered to be unfair practices within his own party. I am going to vote for him.
I'm not a hunter, but I allow hunting on my property. I own guns that I would use to protect myself. And Mr. Willer made me feel guilty because I keep saying that I will apply for a concealed weapon but haven't done so yet. The only reason necessary for doing it is just because I can.
In our current society, we are saying that the people don't have enough sense to control the use of their guns, so the government must do it for them. If you think about it, this philosophy extends to many other issues. Smokers were tricked into smoking by tobacco companies, etc., etc., etc.
But I think that this is a collective "our" fault. I was too busy earning a living to be concerned with politics. Or I didn't want to because a clique controlled the organization and I was from the south end of town.
What disturbs me the most is that there appears to be a line drawn between the left and the right. Why can't we just pick and choose what ever planks we want from both of the parties platforms, and vote for the person that most meets our needs. The parties think we are cattle to be herded because that is the impression we give them.
I was in grade school during the Kennedy-Nixon debates and even then I personally thought Nixon had won the debate. But Kennedy was
. I'm not taking anything away from Kennedy, but remember what he said during his inaugural address? "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." People seem to have forgotten that a Democrat said this. My $.02.