I just got another email from one of my republican friends (yes, I have them). This person is dyed-in-the-wool who believes that, if only the "rest of us" would get out of the way, his party would solve all our problems and turn us back into the wealthy healthy happy country we once were. He and I have had many, eh em, "discussions" about party affiliations. To my thinking, political parties do not foster thinking, they discourage it! I know many who, because of their party affiliation, simply vote their party, and it happens on both sides. In doing so, they are giving their vote to their party, in essence allowing it to do their thinking for them. Truthfully, as individuals, we are much more than the two philosophical thoughts that the parties represent. Since political parties try to be the one-does-all solution in order to garner the most followers, they simply cannot be everything to everyone, so in the end, to get what you want, you must accept a lot of bad stuff along with it.