We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's very frustrating. I don't argue with many of my friends, over politics anyway, because otherwise thoughtful people suddenly become intransigent bellowing chuckleheads.
God forbid you ask for examples where such and such policy has actually worked. And the folks that apparently conflate their own personal virtue with their politics, they will explode.
And it's not as though the facts aren't actually out there and it's all an impenetrable vague smear of detail that can't be parsed out. It's possible to, say, actually examine the U.S. budget process and understand the basics of how it works without being a rocket scientist. It's a drag but doable.
I've always viewed the rabid sports fan (or political junkie) as being a little deranged. I know it is being part of a greater whole (team/party), but do you have to blindly agree to positions and policies even when they work against your own self interest? I don't get it.
I'm often accused of being overly analytical, but that is the nature of my education - I am intensely curious about everything. I get frustrated and sometimes angry when people who I respect just accept verbatim the latest musings on whatever the current controversy is without taking the time to really look into it - look under the rock if you will. Or casually dismiss something important as minor and make something minor into something important - I just completely irritates me to no end.
Sign of the times I guess. Or a commentary on the state of our secondary and post secondary educational system.
One way we could blunt the political effects of this phenomena without crippling democracy would be to encourage the present trend to require voter identification cards AND attach a small fee to the card's quadri-annual renewal. About $100 should be sufficient to discourage the cheerleaders while still preserving some degree of democratic control over the political process.
2--"It's possible to, say, actually examine the U.S. budget process and understand the basics of how it works without being a rocket scientist." says T. K. Tortsch. Lessee here--Bicentennial was a few years ago, and rocketry started about 90 years ago, and we had budgets in those days before rocket scientists... I'm with T.K. on this.