Am I doing enough?
I never really paid that much attention to politics. When I was younger my understanding equated to this simple fact: A Democrat in office meant we moved around like gypsies and Dad didn’t make as much money while the family would thrive financially in one place if a Republican was in office. An over-simplification I know, but that was my reality as a young boy.
My ignorance continued into my early adult years and when I voted for Reagan in my first election I did so because I thought he was simply better during the debates. Better didn’t translate into a meaningful understanding of the issues, just his speech writers did a good job and he had more charisma than his opponent. I’ve lived most my life ignoring the issues because honestly they never personally affected me.
Things are different now.
The United States is one of the greatest countries in the world, but I think “we the people” take that for granted. Recently, I have attempted to stay current with the news and much to Michelle’s dismay I do A LOT of reading on the Internet these days. I would agree with Kevin Holtsberry that both sides arguing over the War with Iraq really have nothing new to say. I think it’s as impassioned as the abortion issue. Opinions are either for or against, but neither side will be easily swade. I think it’s great that we are blessed with the freedom to express our opinions EVEN if they are in the minority. However, I worry about our civil liberties being taken away during this crisis.
I wonder how many people are apathetic to these news events as I once was?
I wonder if voter turnout for a presidential election will ever be as high as 70%?
I wonder when the next significant socio-economic change will come to this country or if we’ll step backwards and continue on this Puritan trend?
I think we really need a valid third party to shake up the political structure in the US.
I think not reporting the news is the same thing as censorship.
I’m older than 25 and I agree that today’s generation has it too easy.
I would like to see less legislation and a little more personal responsibility. Laws on reckless driving already cover stupid people using cell phones without a headset. Some people can walk & chew gum at the same time some can’t.
I think this next election I’ll actually vote instead of playing EverQuest all day.
good for you! i registered to vote “absentee” so that i can do so in the comfort of my own home and save myself the stress and anguish of dealing with my fellow citizens…
WHAT SERVER?!! you never answered my question =)
In Australia, voting is MANDATORY. Pot is legal for personal use in some states. Prostitution is too. Gambling is legal in most towns…. including too many lotteries, pokies (slots in pubs), full casinos, and betting on professional sports. The drinking age is 18 (really it’s “do you look 18?”). Medicine is socialized (free to those who can’t afford it), and inexpensive otherwise. And if you are unemployeed, you can be on the dole (better than welfare… and unlimited). Education & higher eductation is practically free.
BUT the tax rate is approximately 50% of earned income. There is a 10% GST (goods and services tax) on most everything…. oh yeah…. You’re guilty until proven innocent if you do anything wrong.