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Thoughts Three Weeks from Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6

I think a lot about American politics, as a "moderate pragmatic Democrat". Here are brief thoughts with links on upcoming Election 2012.

Three weeks from today, the 2012 U.S. Election will be over.

Optimistically, possibly 60% of those who are qualified to vote will actually mark a ballot somewhere, hopefully reasonably well informed. We basically make the decision on who we vote for privately.

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” rules in political conversations. Only our very best friends know where most of us stand on politics. It is very odd avoidance behavior, in my opinion. There is no single decision we will make that is more important in the long term for ourselves and our society and, indeed, our world, but the political conversation is off limits for many.

I follow this political stuff pretty carefully. Of course, I’m just an individual. But it is a whole collection of individuals who will decide our countries direction three weeks from now.

I watched most of last nights Town Hall debate between President Obama and Governor Romney on Long Island; listened to most of the rest; spent very little time watching/reading/listening to analysts analyzing who won and who lost.

It surprises me to note that this is post #54 I’ve done on Election 2012 at my ordinary blog space, outsidethewalls.org/blog. There will be more – there are other issues. At my home blog, you can find them all by placing the words Election 2012 in the search box.

The first (“Election 2012 #1″) is here, March 18, 2012.

The six posts immediately preceding this post are the best thoughts I can muster on politics in this wealthy and hugely complex country of ours.

Here they are, accessible to you if/as you wish:

October 8, 2012: A short seminar on Minnesota Public School policy.

October 9, 2012: Summarizing the last twelve years; remembering the panic of late 2008; why I support President Obama; the meaning of the first Obama-Romney debate; “win-win” vs “win-lose”; the current difference between Republican and Democrat; how I see the two MN constitutional amendments; what makes me a moderate pragmatic Democrat.

October 10, 2012: The local (Senate District 53) political candidate Forum of the League of Women Voters.

October 13, 2012: The word “Taxes” and its many synonyms; its use as a wedge issue to divide people.

October 15, 2012: Mitt Romney

October 16, 2012: Political Signs and the people behind them.

There are other political commentaries to come.

Stop back once in awhile.

And vote well informed on Tuesday, November 6. If you’re a Minnesota resident, here’s a good place to brief yourself.

Next political blogpost at home base Outside the Walls will be Bullying as Political Behavior.

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