Think about it, folks. Yesterday most of us spent upwards of four hours on the Super Bowl, yet we seldom take fifteen minutes to really look at a political issue. Things like taxes, the curriculum mandated in our schools, and even national security issues get scant attention from the majority of us yet each one dramatically impacts our family. Contrast that with the Super Bowl, which admittedly is a fun time but on a scale of one to ten but where does it place in terms of direct significance on your life beyond game day? Unless you are a player or a coach of the winning team the answer is it doesn't.
Thankfully we do have a significant minority who pay attention but so many Americans don't. But maybe it's not so much that as it is that those who take from the system but never give themselves don't want to know where their largesse comes from. They just know they want to keep it coming.
Alexis de Toqueville, the great Frenchman, wrote about America after spending significant time here. In his critique on democracy, he saw it as a noble political system which would eventually undo itself. When a majority of Americans realized they could take advantage of the hard working majority, they could live without working by taking from that minority.
Are we near or past that tipping point? If not, it's time to pay attention. If we are already too far gone, it's over, folks. I don't think we've gotten there yet but we are indeed close. Let's get to work.