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An election year and a water park make this the right time to question everything

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Date published: 1/20/2008

By Richard Amrhine

THIS YEAR I'VE made a resolution that's easy to keep: Question everything.

For example, why is it taking so long to replace the internal combustion engine? And, why not government-run universal health care--that lets you choose your doctor?

There's a book I'll talk about later that's helped to put me in a "no-more-business-as-usual" frame of mind. That it's a presidential election year has also helped, as each candidate, regardless of party, promises "change."

choosing nominees

Now that the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary are finally behind us, what have we learned? Next to nothing, really. But given the political rhetoric spewing forth, and the media's habit of presenting every poll taken and every ballot cast as deciding a candidacy's future--sometimes incorrectly--Americans may be justifiably sick of the process already.

How about changing the system? Are the people of Iowa and New Hampshire really so insightful that we should care what they think about the current unwieldy field of candidates?

On Feb. 5 comes the biggest ever Super Tuesday, which will probably decide the nominees for both parties. Are Americans, other than political junkies, even paying attention yet?

Wouldn't it be fun if the conventions were still contests rather than choreographed coronations? There's your reality TV.

Another change in the political process that should be mandated: No mention of religion.

Thomas Jefferson, a noteworthy Virginian, believed that religion has no place in government, and government has no place in religion. He knew that was crucial for the young nation's survival and America's future health that the two remain mutually exclusive. The Constitution must always trump the Bible. If we are to stereotype Republicans and Democrats as conservatives and liberals, let it describe their fiscal philosophies.

Candidates now more than ever feel obliged to profess their faith. But that has no logical bearing on government policy. Choosing between right and wrong is nondenominational exercise.

President Bush speaks of praying for guidance, but seems to have gotten a series of bum steers. Some simple secular soul-searching might do the trick.

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