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A pragmatic, not political, position

From Dennis Nagel, Vancouver, WA:

It is uncommon for me to involve myself with an e-mail outside of my inner-circle, but I felt you should know that your statements concerning global warming are spot-on. I have not determined a position on this matter up until this very moment. I have always been fascinated with content of all nature that can generally only be found on public broadcasting channels and a few cable channels regarding space, the earth, geology, physics, and the like.

I never realized it before but your position is exactly the sort of mindset that I should unwaveringly express and support. My family has in the past been one of political preference on the basis of need. My father was a Democrat when he needed them to be strong and supportive of his union affiliations. He reversed course and became a card carrying Republican when he started his own business. As I aged, I absorbed his Republican tendencies as my own out of ignorance. I then married a Republican woman (what an oxymoron that is!)

Over the past decade I have leaned back to the left. I feel that neither party is a good fit for me, nor anyone actually. They all have an agenda that scares me to death, and without any doubt at all, I can say confidently, that whatever that agenda is, my planet and it's people (in general) are a matter of little concern for these vampire-itic public servants.

The entire system we call our government has been going to hell in a hand basket at least since the inauguration of George Bush Senior. My father used the system to his advantage at either end; he was a very smart man. He foretold the national identification issues back in 1978. He saw coming, the loss of our rights to privacy, gun ownership, our own bodies, etc... I can't believe whats going on now with our financial, medical and communications records. I can't believe how strong the MPA has become, being able to bully the entire country of Sweden (is that right) regarding the Pirates Bay fiasco.

When are Americans going to open their eyes and see that George Orwell was not a science fiction writer, but a prophet of the nightmare to come? My father despised computers because he understood what they would lead us into and how that direction would be abused by those who govern us. Ironically, I became a software engineer. God save us all; that is, unless the ACLU gets to (him|her) first, or our own policies and procrastinations destroy the planet right from under our feet.

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