If I am not mistaken, it was my sophomore year of college when I was posed with a question. It was of a general nature in the only writing class I ever took in college. I was asked who I was voting for in the Presidential Race.
I voted Perot, twice. Now, had my vote become a reality ... well, who knows what the present would now hold. And when I told that class the answer, the brilliant retorts of "Wasted Vote" wept like a cloud on a rainy day. I thought them moronic because I wasn't voting Perot to take away from the Democrats or give to the Republicans or vice versa. I didn't even vote Perot because he brought up the whole National Debt thing. I voted Perot because I had that uncanny notion that monopolies were not looked upon nicely in our world. And here we are ... living in one, Politically.
Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives, it all reminds me of how boxed in we now are. Don't get me wrong. I still think this is the best of the rest as far as the rest of the species are governed, however we've had Clinton & Bush for some 18 years before the half-white guy got the nod.
We are as inconsistent as we are smart about things. The Far Right will tell the tale about small government and then start probing into your bedroom and your womb and your recreational habits like a storm trooper under Darth Vader's control. And the Far Left, well they are a live and let live bunch unless it steps into the freeloading sector and they have no qualms about wearing a bleeding heart for the person that is about to stab you right there. No sense for the cents ... those "Libs".
And the moderate (left or right) will sit with a stapled smile, tempered grin, and stirred soul. While the loudest voices continue to get recognized through a culture who grants TMZ a journalistic gateway, critical thinking rears its unpopular little head.
But it isn't always about electing who is running, maybe we need to start electing on the size of the ideas (and implementation thereof) and not the pocketbook. Maybe we need to take the Democrats, Republicans (and their Tea Party constituents who couldn't think up an original name for their cause) and let them know that a New Sheriff is Around.
This New Sheriff may say:
Critical Thinking is not a lost art, but the factors that stimulate such are suspect these days. I always preferred my entertainment to be just that ... entertainment. At best, loosely mocking the reality of it all. At worst, loosely mocking the reality of it all. But to sit back and watch or read an agenda that claims to be any version of the truth and then to also claim they aren't entertainment, but journalistic entities ... makes me almost rationalize the drugs of the 60's.
And here we are in 2011 and it is the same game, different faces, similar voices trying to figure out whether the squirrel is looking for the nut or if the nut makes the squirrel.
I still think this is the best of the rest as far as the rest of the species are governed, however we have a long way to go before we elect Ross Perot President of this great nation.