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If voters would stop phoning it in and instead run for PCO in their neighborhoods, politics would become bipartisan as it once was. Right now, of the 500,000 elected Precinct Committee Officer positions for each party nationwide, most are vacant for both parties. The fringe partisans like that because a small group of them can control everything. They appoint people to fill the vacancies to enrich their echo chamber. They're 2-year terms and the next time to register to run is Spring of 2024. The election is the 2024 Primary. Check your County Elections office and see when "filing week" is for the primary. Mark your calendar and then file your candidacy. Run, people, run.

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Sort of like "ideas, not people" - unfortunately I think most humans are hard-wired to want to join a side or find a champion (as a human, I am too). This would be a fantastic change in the way politics is discussed, but how can we get people to abandon their deep longing for team membership when addressing political questions?

I think diffusing "team membership" into non-political areas of life might be the solution, but with such a fractured culture and the ability to choose from ever more tailored options in almost every other sphere of life, politics remains an A or B proposal. Red and Blue are the last national cultural brands that people are sort of forced to identify into. And god I would prefer more 80s style soda wars to endless politics-adjacent culture wars.

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It would seem to be harder to raise funds to support a position than it is to support a side. Further, as money fuels politics......

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Lord how I wish this were on the front page of every newspaper and on every social media site in this country. So simple. So true. Thanks, I needed this!

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I like your position, but would simply note that things have been this bad or worse in the past. Congressmen fought and there was at least one duel between Congressmen before the Civil war. Congressman Sumner was viciously caned nearly to death in the halls of Congress just before the Civil War. There was, of course, the Civil War. Congress was deeply divided over helping England before Japan brought us into the War. We were deeply divided over the perils of Communism and fighting in Vietnam. My point is that things have frequently been as bad or worse in our political divisions. This is not new, just recent.

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With regards to abortion, I do not see why the reasonable position--which I believe most of the public assume, even if they don't or can't articulate, isn't on the table, viz. abortion is an animal rights issue.

There's nothing special about being homo sapiens and no justification for protecting life as such--which includes the life of bacteria, insects, and plants. Fertilized ova have no more right to life than amoebas or any other single-celled organisms. Embryos and fetuses at various stages of development should be treated in ways comparable to comparable non-human organisms. Viable, late-term fetuses have rights comparable to newborns--whatever they may be. Why is this so hard to understand?

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