Caveat Suffragator

by Leonard Pierce

I am not the first, and may not even be the one millionth, person to point out that a lot of voters approach politics as something about halfway between a sports fandom and a religion.  In every election, there are massive numbers of people who treat the process not as a contest of competing interests to rationally shape the direction of the body politic, but as the latest opportunity to affirm a more or less inherent tendency:  God hates queers, God wants us to bomb Iran, God doesn’t want us to pay taxes on our inheritances.  Even the more cynical, who think of politics as a joke, often seem to be laughing at different bits than the rest of us.

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