got up and went. i have also been looking into what it takes to get onto the ballot in our 50 states. yes- each state is different and some states are way easy and others you have to jump through more hoops than a circus tiger. so- now i have to find out signature requirements. most states don't have fees so that is a plus. my friend, who was just here last weekend, commented that our country is 'too big'- by that she meant that it is amazing that we have stayed together and been governed as well as we have. especially- with our different cultures and customs in different regions. my own personal take on it is this- up until recently- oh the last 20-30 years or so- americans were united by being americans. we celebrated our heritages and ways of life- but we all had a pride in being american. now- not so much. not just because of the current debacle that is our government- but because we have all become too much alike. when you live in the same house and have to share the same toys- you start biting your sister. don't ask- you get the point :) anyhoo- we are so homogenized anymore. go to any state in the union and you will see strip malls and applebees. wal-mart around every corner. when you see places on the tv- you haven't got a clue where you are because everyone dresses the same and looks the same. people are complaining about non english speakers and foreigners- not just illegal aliens- and i want to know why? many of the most recent ancestors came in through ellis island and didn't speak english- never did. their kids learned and translated. welcome to white whole milk america.
disclaimer: i am completely overgeneralizing the regional thing. i realize that there are differences that remain. it is my bigger point that we are becoming more uniform than unique.