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June 09, 2005

Why we care about politics

A reader makes the following comment on Charles Cook's observation that more Americans care about who's president than they used to:

It's my opinion that we take politics so personally because many of the "beltway's" policies were never democratically debated and rarely ever publicly supported.

Take the whole socialist movement through the New Deal. Was it just a temporary fix for that period or should it be the foundation for all of America's policies? Abortion? Not debated. Low level international diplomacy? The people have never been given a voice in State Department policies. Social engineering? Welfare? Taxation? Environment? Law? Healthcare? Education? All these policies and institutions have been beyond the people's reach to debate and influence. So it seems only reasonable that left thinkers believe their progress is being taken away while right thinkers feel that nobody ever supported extreme left policies in the first place.

For me this one of America's most electric times. People are being heard and speech is starting to shed the shackles of political correctness to allow all opinions to be heard. Even colleges are slowly and very reluctantly returning to allowing other person's opinions no matter how unpopular. This process will unite America, not divide it further. I trust democracy.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at June 9, 2005 09:28 AM



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