Okay. I'll expand on that. For a long period of time, most of the past forty years actually, Americans have been content to navigate our country's path one turn at a time. We arrive at each intersection, take a poll, look both ways, and at the last minute decide whether to go left or right. The problem with this navigational system is it never looks beyond the one obvious turn. The destination becomes arbitrary.
For once, it would be nice to know where we are headed. In looking at the bigger picture, two roads become apparent. The Left wants us to follow Europe. The Right wants us to stay truer to the vision of America's founders. It's not extreme, naive, or unreasonable to ask Americans to be less myopic and pick a path. But in doing so, we will surely become more divided as a nation. Whether we ultimately go Left or Right, the majority of the people will probably conform. It's only human nature to want to get along. But the more rights that are usurped by institutions on either side, the harder it becomes for the most passionate and outspoken to resolve our differences.
I write this because friends stop and ask me, "Jon, when did you become so ultra-conservative?" My answer is I didn't. I simply looked further down the road and picked the path to the destination that offered the most freedom.