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    • That gap represents more than just “Other.” With Pakistan and China it might well be “Neither.” Seems to me Pakistan, in particular, would want neither the president who is currently attacking them with drones, nor a man representing the party known for unilaterally declaring preemptory war.

      • I don’t either. And if you’re not fond of Obama, then vote for Gary Johnson. Just don’t vote for the man that will destroy your life, and the lives of your children and grandchildren.

      • @ Michelle & PT,

        I have a son, age 49, who only recently became interested in politics. College graduate, with honors, a CPA. He is now a rabid GOP fan and I think I know why – he listens to right-wing radio.

        Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play. – Joseph Goebbels

        • So, does he listen to rightwing radio because he’s conservative, or is he conservative because he listens to rightwing radio? My son is the same way. And I can’t discount the influence of his very conservative spouse. We could ask the same questions of ourselves: Are we liberal because we listen to liberal media, or is it the other way around?

          Goebbels? That sends a shiver up my spine.

        • I am positive that it is the constant stream of anger-charged demagoguery coming out of the radio that has changed him. Before he started listening to it he didn’t even bother to vote, much less express an opinion. Repetition, repetition, repetition. Goebbels knew.

          I think failing to question authority and public memes, through choice or disinterest, can cause the ability to do so, or to think unconventionally, to atrophy if not exercised. I submit myself as an example – I am different from what I was politically a couple of years ago, principally through efforts in writing and responding to blogs. IMHO.

        • I know I’ve changed over the years, but I like to think it comes from a willingness to consider and listen to both sides of the issues. At least some of the time. I noted above that I couldn’t understand the thinking of some of my conservative relatives, whom I’ve always considered to be smart people. I’m not unaware they probably think the same thing about me. It reminds me that we mustn’t let the demagoguery (from both sides) divide our families and communities the way it has divided Washington. Life will go on after the election and after the next president’s term. As a nation, we must go on together if we’re to go on at all.

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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