From the windmills of my mind…
Why is it that in a country with the most open political system in the world we have such a dearth of interest in participation? One thought would be that there is a limited percentage of people in any society that are of the activist persuasion. The great percentage of people are satisfied to let others “run things” while they live their lives and occasionally complain. The fact may be that, in our case, our political system is so open with opportunities for participation that such opportunities outpace the number of people who are so inclined in our society (or any society). Hence we get the “how did he get that job?” syndrome.
For all the charges of extremism with regard to political parties from both the left and the right, it’s important to note that political parties are expressions of the people who comprise them. They will only be as “extreme” as their members. Those who complain about the parties in terms of not being representative of the public are usually those who are least likely to get involved, thus becoming prophets. Or they just enjoy the smug satisfaction of calling themselves “moderates”.
Am I the only person who thinks it would be nice to be surprised occasionally by the mainstream media? To be able to watch and see them NOT instinctively regurgitate rote class warfare philosophy or Democrat talking points without having someone bring it to their attention and call them on the carpet for it?
And don’t you just love how self-important these “journalists” are? Especially the Washington press corps variety. There they were in full throat having fits because some newspaper in Texas got the scoop about Cheney’s hunting accident, rather than the NY Times or some other “real” journalistic outlet. I think they truly feel it is their divine right to be the gatekeepers of any and all information that might pass for news, that it’s their job not only to be our nation’s information “inbox”, but to decide what merits passing on to the public, and how that information should be massaged beforehand. And they wonder why their ratings are steadily going in the toilet?
And what is it with Democrats and funerals that causes them to suffer from political Tourette’s Syndrome? Why is it that every time some high profile liberal dies, those who actually deliver the eulogy can’t avoid partisanship for just a few hours, or at least until the body is in the ground?
FYI, whenever engaging in a debate with a liberal, begin by mutually agreeing to ban the use of the word “feel” or “feelings” in the interest of keeping the discussion on an intellectual level.
When did “illegal aliens” become “undocumented workers” (after being “illegal immigrants” somewhere in between)? And do they have some Madison Avenue PR firm working on their behalf?
A recent Mexican public opinion poll noted that almost half of that country’s population would go to the United States if they thought they could.
If members of some foreign country’s military had committed over two-hundred and ninety documented “incursions” across our border over a period of fifteen years, we would get upset, right? No doubt our government would beef up our border security and raise holy heck with the offending country, right? Unless of course it’s Mexico, that is.
When did it suddenly become OK for men to get invited to, much less attend, a bridal shower? And do the people who do the inviting, and the guys who attend, think it’s OK just because they renamed it a “couple’s shower”? Just curious.
Why is there such a focus on safety laws that force you to strap yourself into your vehicle rather than focus on keeping you from having a wreck in the first place? Is legally forcing me to wear a seatbelt a way to protect me from the idiot who tries to drive with one hand (or knee) while talking on a cell phone, changing the CD player, putting on makeup or punching keys on a Blackberry as opposed to keeping both hands on the wheel? Is this an admission that it’s easier to protect the non-idiots from the idiots rather than forcing the idiots to change their behavior? Or is it just an excuse for the state to collect more ticket revenue?
Am I the only person who thinks our country has become worse off since the federal government began allowing pharmaceutical companies to advertise on television? At a minimum, our TV viewing has suffered, to be sure. And hasn’t such advertising coincided with rapid price increases in prescription drugs? Maybe I could afford to “ask my doctor” if Fixitall is right for me if it weren’t advertised on TV every half hour.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.