I've seen that blank look from someone who doesn't know football.
"I don't follow it. Don't understand the rules -- just teams in different uniforms."
I see the same look these days from some about impeachment.
"I don't follow it. Don't understand it. Just two parties going at it."
Just parties. Two sets of uniforms. Just a game.
Yep, that describes it -- like, oh, just armies on the black sands of
Then again: A whole bunch of us are quite versant on football: stats, personnel, schedule. Ask for the depth chart of that favorite team.
But politics? Governing? A whole bunch of the same people quickly say they're out of their depth.
With wonder, social commentator
Most often when one hears the claim, "I don't keep up with that stuff" when the stuff is politics, the follow-up response is that the person doesn't trust politicians, any of 'em, and the two major parties are one and the same.
Easy to say for one who doesn't keep up with that stuff.
One and the same? Yes. And
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Never in my memory have the two parties been so distinct.
To get the
Trump, who at one time said he supported universal health care, has been devoted as president, along with his Republican foot soldiers, to yanking health coverage out from under millions.
From FDR through LBJ to Obama and Pelosi, the Democratic Party has been a foe of a philosophy that treats proper health care as a hood ornament.
Trump and the
Again, the differences between the parties could not be more glaring. And so it is with the impeachment proceedings.
Trump was caught using military aid to bribe a foreign nation under siege by Russian forces and
Americans are entitled to focus on Sunday's game or
But they can't say these things don't matter. Those who assailed Iwo's beaches and sprawled across Gettysburg's fields didn't.
Sure, but what did Rousseau have to say about football games lost?
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