I am mellowing in my 40's due to Fatherhood and I really find that I am more introspective these days due to this and happy about this turn of events.
WE as citizens in the US have to stop with the extremism of the left and right, the liberal and conservative. good example is the over-feminized politically correct males of the current generation, or the ultra religious nutbags that protest military funerals. Both have been brought about due to the extreme views or shifts in societal or quasi-religious beliefs in this country and will haunt us for decades.
I have found that if you are not a bit of a liberal at 20 you have little heart, if you are not more conservative by 30 you do not pay taxes or have responsibilities in life and if by 40 you do not understand that both ends of the spectrum are full of crap, you really are not paying attention.
Stepping down from soapbox now.....