Single Issue Politics and the death of public debate As John Stewart said, "you people are hurting America." When folks are convinced to vote on one single issue - whether it's Kerry getting the Red Sox score wrong, or George W. Bush having been a cheerleade,r - we all lose. This forum is mostly a bunch of threads being used to "score points" against the other side. Who the ******** cares? Really. Anyone who changes their vote - or makes their decision based on any one of these "points" is a moron. It's like the "Don't Blame Me, I Voted For x" bumper stickers. It's all a copout. We live in a participatory democracy. We're all in it together - regardless of who wins or loses, and regardless of how they win or lose, elections. We are all responsible. The objective is not to "beat the other side." It's to elect the best candidate. And after the election to hold the electee accountable for serving all of their constituents. When it all turns to character assassinations, we all lose. Grow up, educate yourself on all the issues, then vote. And try to do it in a civil manner with an informed discussion of the issues and events affecting the nation. "But he started it" isn't a valid excuse. Take responsibility for your own actions - and insist that others do the same.