I rarely talk politics; it nearly always turns into a no-win conversation unless you're with like-minded people. And if that's the case, what's the point?
But check out "The political topic that must not be discussed in the USA" blog entry regarding the upcoming election. It has less to do with politics, and everything to do with the future of the USA. As a nation, we have always been able to out-innovate the rest of the world. We're losing that edge rapidly and its impact will be far-reaching into every industry (especially my beloved auto industry). The blog also (unfortunately) portrays the current state of our nation's decision-making process when it comes to politicians.
The ability to innovate as a country involves so many aspects of our society -- every level of education, public policy, taxes, immigration, technology, national security. Shouldn't it be a bigger part of the upcoming election season than the over-debated and never-to-be-resolved issues of the sex lives of teens, gun control or abortion?