I am not throwing stones. I am probably the chief of all offenders in this category. Here is the sin: I am surprised, yea, flabbergasted, when people make backward, ignorant, self-destructive decisions politically, both as politicians and as voters. Why in the world should I be surprised? They [we?] do it all the time in other areas of life.
Why in the world would you vote for a politician who is a self-centered ignoramus and does everything wrong and actually makes your own life worse with his or her bad policies?
For the same reason that you marry the wrong man, and have unprotected sex, and beat your wife, and cheat on your spouse, and gamble your money away, and drink booze and do drugs, and keep a loaded gun in the house for your two-year-old to find, and refuse your vegetables—except for couch potatoes, and post compromising pix of yourself on social media, and say “social media,” and do book reviews without reading the book, and text while driving, and put off until tomorrow what should be done today, and spend any time at all thinking about what the Kardashians are doing, and get a tattoo some place where tattoos should not be—like on your body, and lie on your resume, and arrest—and sometimes shoot—people for driving while black, and criticize people for wearing three plaids together, and never learn from your mistakes. These are the people who vote, and run for office.
We really expect those people to make good decisions about who to vote for? And we expect the people they vote for to make good decisions as leaders? These are our leaders and our voters, people who make stupid mistakes over and over in every facet of life. Of course, we are not going to get suddenly smart and make rational and useful decisions when we vote.
The world is full of idiots, and we should not be surprised when they act like idiots.
What to do? First, don’t act like an idiot. After we’ve done that, we can go on to step two.
John Robert McFarland