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I think you point about being "one issue voters" is very important - as well as your point that our style of government relies significantly so on an educated populace. With all the advances in how one can become educated - it is amazing how little education is going on. Unfortunately, many if not most, only read what contains what they already agree with - thus not challenging their ideas and ideology - or better yet, putting them to the test. Thus one of the weaknesses of "man" - but one that was overcome by those who discussed, argued and debated (sometimes quite loudly and passionately) and penned our Founding Documents. And therein lies it's ability to be applied year after year, decade after decade and century after century.
And although I do not dismiss the idea of a third party - I would rather see the current parties be brought back to what they were intended to be - for a third party has never had much of an effect due to dilution of the vote. But hey - if it works - I can live with it.
You are right about people reading only what they already agree with. Same applies to TV and radio. Most people have a fear of being proven wrong. It makes their "inner child " cry. www.aarp.org/community/editor/fckeditor/editor/images/smiley/msn/cry_smile.gif" />
It's a shame some people are so closed minded; they miss so much of the beauty in this brief life we are given.