Interesting point, Ebrown, mostly I prefer that too. The backshit (new version of baksheesh - back talk or back payments?) is stultifying, though it will always be with us, it seems a human way of legislation.
To me the level of palliative talk in political news combined with inappropriate undercuts in the absense of more than x-second sound bites/columns/tolerance for discourse/ gets discouraging and it comes from seemingly all sides.
What we have going on in discourse seems very lightweight and soundbitey. So many times, I'd like to hear serious argument from varied points of view.
I remember less and less of what my father ever said to me. I've never been clear on all he thought - he died when I was in my mid twenties, really faded when I was about twenty, and had hardly gotten a voice myself. But I do remember him talking about a country in africa with his own argument that "you can't say people aren't ready for democracy".
That sort of echoes for me, and I've agreed with him and not, in my mind, for years now. Sometimes I think we in the u.s. aren't ready for it, we slip slide away.
Or maybe democracy is all bought factions voting without fraud at the booth.
Anyway, I personally don't fathom in my bones being a u.s. citizen not voting if possible, woman or man.