Re: Good Job
Dude, I know you're not a Limbaugh head. I know you are more or less an independent who leans towards libertarians but is not a libertarian. You like to take each issue on its own and decide on their own merits. You ostensibly have no party affiliation, but you are a fervent member of the capitalist party, so long as you can tell it isn't hurting anyone. You believe in personal freedoms so long as the actions involved in exercising such freedoms does no damage to another. You believe that the answers do not lie on the left or on the right, but somewhere in the middle. You consider yourself a realist, and in practice attempt to be a moderate and a centrist. However, even that may be perceived to be either too far to the left or right depending on who is looking at the situation, and is not without its own flaws. My chief concern to the moderate approach is that there lacks an ideal, and compromise becomes the objective. I believe that the ideal should be the objective, and that compromise is a necessary solution to keep things running for the time being until a better compromise, that moves the situation further towards the ideal, can be reached.
I will need time to explore, dissect, think, and come to my own conclusions about the next "assignment." If I were so knowledgeable I would be working in government, alas I am not, but as a concerned citizen, I will take it as my responsibility to learn what I can so that I may argue either side with conviction and eloquence. Your point to know both sides of the argument is well taken and understood. Condescending as it may initially sound, your goal is to teach and I appreciate that.
You take a negative view to the "greens" but maybe you shouldn't. Even greened out of my gourd I remain more lucid than the average American. I have encountered many, many people who are chronically green that are more intelligent than you and I combined, and could bury either of us in a debate. Greens aren't the issue. Nor is maturity. I remain as passionately idealistic as I have ever been, and to believe that idealism is indicative of immaturity is folly, irrational, and rather obtuse. For you to point at my perceived immaturity would be an egregious case of the pot calling the kettle black.
People's Republic of Berkeley forever!!!