Zombies are everywhere. Not in a George A. Romero sort of Living Dead, I'm going to eat you sort of way, but if you ever watch a (Night, Dawn, or Day) of the Dead, you'll see the same shiftless gait and lack of higher brain function in would be political activists. They even, in a metaphorical sense, seek to consume you, if not so literally, their aim is to "infect" others, thus increasing their numbers to the point that even a shit load of guns does you no good.
How can you spot these people? They might be your friends, your family, even your dog! Well fortunately for us the Political Zombie makes himself known. They want you to join them after all. Pick a socially divisive topic, doesn't matter what, say how Obama is doing as a president. One of three things will happen 1). he/she will shrug and give a response like "meh". 2). He/she will go on a rant, about either he hasn't done enough or will fall all over themselves to attempt verbal fallacio, do not expect many actual facts here, but undoubtedly some great talking points. 3). They go into a rant about how he and his cronies are corrupt and not only selling us down the river, but expecting us all to smile while he does it. Here you should expect a few good talking points perhaps a few well documented facts (that have become talking points)
While one most certainly has more independent thought than the other these are typical responses we expect and sadly they are the responses of Zombies. There is a fourth far rarer response and that is of the educated individual who seeks to broaden horizons. They will respond: I support/oppose [insert issue here] because [insert reason here], and will follow up with well reasoned arguments for their position. This it the oh so rare Free Thinker that *most* of the Left's Zombies claim to be.
To say the FT's of society can not have passion is to do them a disservice. They can get very passionate, but again they have firm reasoning on their side when they do. The FT does not like dramatic displays, but doesn't mind when proven *dramatically* right. But where the FT really rises above the Zombie is the ability to admit when He/She is wrong. How many times did you hear "hey hey LBJ, sorry for calling you a baby killer. We really don't agree with this whole 'Vietnam' thing, is it really worth fighting for, could we maybe find some other way to resist communism?" actually if you heard that chanted I would be freaking shocked.
The Tea Party, tends not to chant, but they are not immune to Zombieism. Because they're so good at spotting I'm sure CNN and MSNBC highlighted (numerous times) all the Zombies they could find in an attempt to paint the larger movement as a largely Zombie movement. It hurt the general cause of fiscal conservatives (note: key emphasis on fiscal). But really with all the charges of racism and plain backwardness you'd have thought that there would be reams of evidence on the subject. There are just a few examples (Birthers are a great example) of people who are as bat shit crazy as they are portrayed to be.
Now let's look at the Anti-war (pick a war) movement, Pro-choice, Occupy Wall Street, etc. Lots of chanting going on there isn't there. Lots of talk about what you shouldn't do, and what a nasty person you are if you do. When it comes to offering new ideas, or solutions to current problems. . . well only OWS has even made an attempt at such, and their answer is simply put to throw down the system. Ok . . . and replace it with what? Their ideas on how to "fix" everything are couched and book-ended by fluffy terms that make us all feel happy about it, but if you actually listen to many of the proposals there is either an expectation of something from nothing, or far more horrifying making something into nothing. All the while we get to see the fruits of a truly progressive society, and what we see is a society most of us want nothing to do with. Even Leftist senators and representative are starting to get fed up (which is actually quite ironic).
You can see that Zombies (despite all attempts to state otherwise) tend to gravitate more towards the Left, than the Right. This is not to say that there are not FT's on the Left. Nor, is it to suggest that FT's are always morally correct. Lets face it, if there are puppet masters, they will be the very few FT's, those who enjoy the freedoms they use Zombies to take power away from others. Even the "meh" crowd has FT's who choose non-involvement as a philosophy over actual apathy. In the end the FT's will always live better, and in a way freer than Zombies, who are by their very nature chained.
Left or Right, Male or Female, you are an individual. You can choose to be a Zombie, but unlike George A Romero's Zombies there is actually a cure for Political Zombies. That cure is to stop what you're doing and really examine what the hell you're advocating. Some people have actually done so and "come in from the cold", this tends to happen a lot when one has a family (though sadly not always, which sadly spreads the infection to the children). Being a Free Thinker, is never easy. Indeed in some cases it can be quite painful to admit the error of your ways. It also means that you must place upon yourself a constant vigil, to ensure that your thinking, though influenced by others is not controlled by others no matter how charismatic. The painful part of being an FT is knowing that you must always stand on your own. Your thoughts and beliefs are and will always belong to you and you alone.
People always say "Freedom isn't Free", while there's unbelievable amounts of truth to this simplistic saying, they should have added "Or easy"