Speaking of cool things, I just found out about this cool site called I Side With: http://www.isidewith.com
It's a brief survey to see who you side with more politically (of candidates in the upcoming election anyway). My results are here: http://www.isidewith.com/results/79550628?fb_comment_id=fbc_347062085380913_1993811_347065225380599#f33e3cabc24de5a
It's very enlightening. I even wrote a brief blog post about it that I'm pasting below:
My results (click the image to view them, or click here) didn’t really surprise me. I know I’m pretty much in the middle. What this shows me is that we the people (by and large, I know I’m painting with a broad brush here) don’t really know enough about all of the issues our country and government face. I can’t say I honestly know enough about our current healthcare system (because I haven’t studied it and I have been fortunate to have not been much of a participant in it up to this point in my life) nor do I know much of anything about “Obamacare” as I haven’t studied it at all. I also don’t know anything (really) about the Patriot Act because I haven’t read or studied it either. When confronted with the question “What should our stance be against Iran?” I honestly don’t know. Such a difficult and thorny problem. Afghanistan? Hmmmm… Again, quite difficult. I’d have to defer that to the Generals that are there. So, really, I don’t see how we as the people of a “Democracy” (actually a “Republic” when you put a fine point on it) can effectively vote to decide who leads us. How can we know who is REALLY most qualified? This to me is sad. The problems facing our government/country are really incredibly difficult and so varied, I honestly think it’s beyond us as average citizens who concern ourselves more with work, paying our bills, our families, etc. to really educate ourselves about all of the problems and issues that face our country. I no longer think (actually I’ve thought this for sometime, but now I’m more certain) that “one person, one vote” just cannot scale.