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.
Most voters don't know what the heck is going on, and don't care very much. We often forget this although in ordinary life we encounter such ignorance every day. Friend Sissy recently objected to my pointing this out, but I will stand by my first-hand impression.
Our readers seem to be highly-informed and engaged about policy, but pols know that such voters do not matter much.
Ilya discusses informed and uninformed (and uninterested) citizenry in his usual charming and amusing way, below:
As a woman, I find it truly sad that it is hard to find a woman interested in discussing politics with me. More often than I care to remember, I find myself with 'the guys' discussing the latest news and/or political scuttlebutt of the day. The women tend to group together to discuss kids and school, etc.
Why is that? Why aren't women more involved in discussing politics? I sometimes feel like a bit of a freak!
Women tend to be better-informed about local issues, such as school board, selectmen, zoning changes. Which, when you think of it, is much more likely to be a place where your opinion and effort matter. I'm just not that interested. But half a dozen people call our house the night before elections and ask my wife who to vote for on those down-ticket races.
On the larger issue, the amount of ignorance should make representative government unworkable. Really, there's no way this should work. Somehow it does, not brilliantly, but well enough. It is pure speculation, but I think it is some combination of avoiding the very worst problems of more authoritarian forms of government, plus the added peacefulness we feel because we at least have some sense of agency. The mere sense of agency reduces stress, so I suppose it could also increase comfort.
Assistant VIllage Idiot
I always say that my husband is in charge of deciding the big, important stuff, like whether we should go to war with Russia, or whether we should build some more space shuttles. I decide the less important things, like where we live, and who we elect President....