Hi Everyone, I love to keep up with news and current events, particularly politics. Some days I'm amused and some days horrified by the current divisions in America and the world. Mostly amused, as I tend not to stress over things I have no control over. Politically, I lean Conservative-Independent-Libertarian-ish, and favor smaller federal government. The Democrat and Republican Parties are pretty much the same in my view. Washington DC leaders just look like they entertain themselves all day with finger-pointing games to distract us from the real division, which is between the political elite class and the rest of us. They don't seem to actually accomplish much, except running up the deficit on our dime. I'm happy to be on a political forum. For a few years, I've been a member of a cat forum. I ran out of creative ways to say, “Feed your cat, give your cat water, clean the litter every day, play with your cat, and take your cat to the vet if it's sick”. Cats aren't that hard. I ended up posting mostly on the tiny political thread area, where any political opinion to the right of liberal opinion is barely tolerated. It's a good community for cat talk, but not for political discussion. Looks like I'll be happier here after lurking for a couple of weeks. It seems most opinions are accepted and debate is encouraged. I'm opinionated, but pretty laid back and respect everyone's opinion. We can talk and debate all we want, but at the end of the day, our choice in the voting booth is the great equalizer. Happy to be here!