Pete Hanson’s Daily Blog: Vote? Absolutely
It’s election time in Bozeman, and things are heating up. There are three things that I have on my list of “greatest innovations” of the 21st century. The Keurig single-cup coffee maker, the DVR, and the ability to vote by mail in Montana. (I’m enjoying a cup now. I voted yesterday. I don’t have a DVR.)
Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Tea Party, Green Party, Birthday Party; the list could go on forever. In politics I understand the concept of generalities. Conservative vs. liberal. (Although, like snowflakes, that doesn’t even mean the same thing twice.) Big government vs. small government. I can wrap my head around concepts.
What I have difficulty with is absolutes (or people that think & believe in absolutes). Obama is ruining the economy. Bush is screwing up Iraq. Clinton’s is messing up in Somalia. The other Bush is screwing up Iraq. Regan is too friendly with the Soviet Union.
Those are fine as opinions, but it’s when we start believing them as absolutes that we start getting into trouble. I have friends that always seem to know exactly what’s wrong with America, or exactly what so and so is doing wrong. Come on, no you don’t. The only thing we know for sure is that we will never know exactly what is going on.
We need to stop needing to have all the answers, and stop wanting to be right all the time. We’ll all (politically speaking) would get along much better, and someone with a genuinely good idea might actually be heard.
Nevermind. I don’t know what I was thinking. But a guy can dream right?