I'm trying to step away from politics all together. I see it as being so negative. The 2000 election got me addicted to politics. I was very interested before that, but the whole re-count deal, I just got caught up in the whole thing, the us versus them mentality, splitting people evenly as liberal or conservative, and getting into totally pointless arguments and debates about politics, and watching all the talk shows on tv where people yell at each other. I'm trying to remember how many times someone changed their minds in one of these debates, and accepted the other person's point of view. Let's see, years of watching most of the political shows, as much as possible, someone changed their opinion.... trying to think back. I can't remember one. Seems I would remember something like that.
I always liked to think, oh I am so well informed. I am up to date on every little political thing that happened today. I have so much knowledge. I guess I realized, that I was spending more time WORRYING about the political future of the U.S., and the state of the world, that it took so much joy away from my life. I was very, very passionate about politics.
This has only been the last few months that I've deliberately started to not pay attention so much. I'm not putting my head in the sand, I check the headlines, I vote. I know enough. I've decided to spend my time doing things I enjoy. No more talk radio on the commute to work, now it's music, or audio books that make me feel good or expand my mind. I don't know if I can "change the world" but I sure can change MY world.
I would call myself a libertarian. Perhaps someday that party will have an influence in the U.S. I believe it is the best of the ideal conservative and liberal viewpoints, combined.