With the heightened focus on Russia of late, I picked up an old book in the Bluffton University Library titled: The Soviet Cultural Offensive. Author Frederick Barghoorn writes that when your average Russian citizen is asked a political question: “Feigned incomprehension, ingeniously tangential replies, or indignant parroting of the official policy are among the common responses. Some foreigners have reported that Soviet people are equipped with a wealth of slogans, but with a minimum of facts about either domestic or foreign politics.” While written in the mid part of last century, a lot of this still probably holds true — because, for one, the media in Russia is controlled by a somewhat repressive government, still. Okay. But what of Americans today in our extremely polarizing society? They are either fed a steady media diet of liberal ideology, or conservative ideology. Then they often parrot this back in per-established talking points. Less and less of American citizen opinion is a well reasoned amalgam of solid points from both sides, mixed in with just as well reasoned personal opinion. Note: We’d like to think our position papers are, indeed, a good amalgam of the best of both (liberal and conservative) trains of thought, mixed in with some refreshingly original thought as well.