Absolutely a big change.
Still Republican. I like the idea of being a subversive mole, an incestuous cousin of Darkbeaver. Why live with the choir ? I like the dichotomy. I like being with the unlike.
I was a former Democrat. Democrats like JFK and RFK and Mo Udall and Pat Moynihan inspired my interest in politics, but that party doesn't have too many guys like that anymore. Obama has my interest. So does McCain. First time I've liked both party candidates.
When everyone sounds the same, I start getting the "Orwellian willies". Like another version of the Stepford Wives, or the drones in the Time Machine. Something's basically wrong with too much damn agreement. Too much agreement gets incestuous.
It only births insanity, as the Kings and Queens of Europe found out.
I also see that too many people talk to like-minded people all day long, year in year out and such behavior reinforces their belief system rather than challenging it, testing it, updating it.
The last part: updating, is a heavy duty deal. We get older, we don't update our emotional responses to situations.
My future prediction: We will create a new race. Our idea of perfection is that of a robot.
We are steadily moving in that direction. Why? Because we want to be better. We want to be stronger, healthier, without emotional disturbances that retard us. We want to get rid of all of our faults.
And this "progress" is not being challenged.