Politics: (I am open to debate on this, as long as it is civilized)
Take whatever current political issue that is plaguing our country, and you will find no shortage of people who think it is the worst idea in the history of humanity. You will also find people who think that it is the one thing that will save humanity.
Isn't the system set up so that there is a balance of those people? If something passes into law, isn't it because there were more people that think it is a good idea than bad? Doesn't that mean that there were (in theory) more people who think it will help? Whether it is bailouts, health care, or hydrogen cars, isn't there a system in place that keeps the terrible ideas from becoming reality?
Religion: I am reading the book The Shack by William P. Young, at the recommendation of a very good friend. This is a great, great book that challenges a lot of religious ideals that many people might find a bit hard to swallow. I would suggest that if you are Catholic, don't read this book because your head will explode. Otherwise, if you have an open mind about the role that the Holy Trinity plays in our lives, you should probably read this book. I am not done with it yet, but I am close to finishing, and it really hits home with a Preacher's son.