I told a woman the other day I was a Democrat and you thought I had just dropped my pants. Silence. Or the condescending smile. Nice people don't talk about politics. The problem with that is we then give it away to the pundits who will say anything. It's like we are all watching someone swear in church, watching Obermann or O'Reily say the things we really want to say but wouldn't dare. What a sad comment on our modern life where public discourse is frowned upon.
Americans used to debate openly the politics of the day. We are a nation of ideas and people debated points the way we watch sports now. You were expected to have an opinion and if you didn't then the other guy certainly would. I guess we have become a vicarious nation. We watch sports and live through athletes who make millions of dollars for playing games. We watch pundits bash away at each other from the safety of our homes. We watch reality television shows of fallen celebrities, survival shows, adventure shows--anything we can slip into for our virtual moment and risk nothing.
Maybe we should start living in the first person again and leave the third person behind. We really only have one life and it is pretty sad if we go throught it asleep. Dare to be bold and declare your opinion at the next party. You never know, someone might take up the gauntlet and you could have...a discussion.