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Tilting at Windmills
The windmill at Riverview Ranch is a symbol of America's past and yet points to our future because windpower is now a part of the new green energy movement. The greening of America is everywhere and those who would scoff at green forms of energy in favor of carbon-based energy like oil and coal will be left out in the cold as those resources are used up.
Here's a brief video I shot of that windmill with some music I composed and recorded:
I am so pleased with the way the election turned out. We've been celebrating non-stop here in the Heaton area neighborhood. Out of 13 Propositions on the ballot in my district the electorate voted to favor the liberal point of view in 11 of them! The only two that went the other way was the Repeal of the Death Penalty and the GMO labeling. But, hey 11 out of 13 ain't bad!
This new 2012 electorate proved to be younger, more well-informed and more diverse than any in the past. I am so proud of our young people. I talked with several 18 year olds who were so proud to vote for the first time and who were ardent Obama supporters. They could easily see through the right-wing propaganda machine's talking points.
They, like me want the truth. The truth is pretty easy to see when you are not blinded by inflexible ideology and when you invest time and effort at being well-informed and make up your own mind without regard to whether or not a position will conflict with the Party.
I feel comfortable taking a few positions that the far-left don't hold because I seek the truth even if it falls on the opposing party's side. I agree with most of Left's views, but I depart on a few issues.
The death penalty and GMOs are the two issues on this ballot that I depart from the Left with. Although, at the last minute I changed my mind about the GMO labeling. It wouldn't do any harm to label foods with GMOs and, in fact might even help to sell them, so I voted yes on 37. I think the public is positive on Genetic Modification in general and I believe Monsanto isn't quite the big boogeyman some say it is.
A reasonable person who is flexible enough to change their views when confronted with a good argument backed with easily proven facts is what I strive to be, not someone blinded by ideology who tows the party line on every single issue.
Many on the far-left are not celebrating and most of the far-right are fuming mad at the election results. We have to find those moderate voices that seek for the truth and who do not automatically always know what the truth is. If I'm honest with myself, I do not always know what the truth is on every issue.