I am a voracious reader of the news. I think there is a little more to be gleaned from a written story, stripping away the tone and inflection used by television news readers. But, my schedule doesn't always allow me to get my fill of written stories during the week, so I supplement with radio news. It is there that I am subjected to the soundbites of people who's voices grate on my nerves - Obama, Pelosi, Feinstein, etc.
Over the past several weeks, I keep hearing variations of a phrase that I can't reconcile with my world. I have heard those mentioned above, when talking about more taxes and more gun control, say things like, "an overwhelming number of Americans support this" and "the majority of Americans agree".
How do they know that? Was there some national poll that I missed?
I concede that I live in bright red, conservative, gun loving state - but I have friends, family, and business acquaintances all around the country. So where is it that I would need to go to find this majority of people?
I honestly could round up every person I know to be left of center, gather them on the sidewalk, and casual passersby of a conservative variety would outnumber the liberal, at least 30 to 1.
Is my home town and state really that disconnected from the rest of the country?