- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 25, 2008


More than half of the country got what it wanted Nov. 4, but as a country, we are still a whole. Every four years, we attack each other with mostly half truths.

We naively vote and form opinions on just that: half-truths. There is no neutral ground for opinions anymore. Perhaps there never has been. We are swayed either right or left.

It is my belief that most people are sincere and do not want harmful things to happen to this vast country of ours. At the same time, no Pollyannaism is completely excusable anymore, either. Open minds are free to search both sides of any issue because information bombards all of us at every turn.

Yet that is what we resent, isn’t it? We are tired of being told what to think and how to look at whatever it is that is being served to us by way of the media. After every political speech, a group sits around and digests what was said for us. No wonder so much indigestion affects us. Food for thought is being regurgitated over and over again until it is no longer fit for human consumption.

Perhaps this is the way it will be into infinity for most, but as for me, I want to listen to each speaker and hear what he or she says from his or her own mouth. Then I will digest the matter and form my own “prejudices.” Not that my reasoning is better than someone else’s, but if there is to be any prejudice, it may as well be my own.

So come the next elections, off goes the TV after the original speeches. Being spoon-fed ought to be over at a certain age. If we have been voting, it is time to sing “Happy Birthday” in a deeper tone.

How much will it matter how we voted Nov. 4? We may be able to figure that out too, in time, all by ourselves.


Quasqueton, Iowa



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