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The problem with my way in Maryland and U.S. politics

One of Frank Sinatra's signature songs along with "New York, New York" was "I Did It My Way." No wonder that one was so popular. It mimicked natural human desire and the pit of self-determination and self-driven life.

Now in politics "my way!" is a rallying cry. In fact, anyone who disagrees with the leading opinion is considered stubborn, idea-poor, crazy, illiterate, and stupid. "My way or the highway" reflects the popular, majority mood. It's easier than trying to meet, discuss, and work together. Easier, yet not. It's also very slow.

Yet, the majority of Americans want to see discussion, open-ness (what happened to the promised C-Span coverage of health care reform discussion?), and willingness even to be influenced by a better, more commonsense and less costly argument. Sadly, "the people" are just a mindless mass to many politicians.

The interesting footnote of Frank Sinatra's life occurred, according to a family member quoted, at his deathbed: Nearing his last breath, Mr. Sinatra protested in a weak voice, "I don't want to go!"

"My way" only lasts so long. It is true in politics and 2010 and 2012 may prove this rule. At voting stations the people are predicted to say, "Now it's our way for you; take the highway.'"

Read, listen, learn, vote.




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