Someone told me yesterday that I was losing them--"them" meaning a loyal blog follower and a few of her friends.
"You've been putting too much emphasis on politics", she said.
She's right, and she's wrong, according to my way of thinking. Her observation is correct--there has been an emphasis on politics over the past eight or nine months. But "too much"? That's something for individual readers to decide.
The reason, the rationale, for the frequent political coverage and commentary is the belief that, at this time, politics is at least as important a subject as any other.
This is an election year--a Presidential election year. The ratings for the 19 Republican Presidential debates aired thus far are proof positive of the public's eagerness for political news and commentary.
But the most important fact of the matter is that politics--especially Presidential politics--has a direct effect on every area of American life. Who we vote for determines what we are voting for. And what we vote for determines the circumstances and conditions under which we will live.
A wide range of varied, important issues, including--but not limited to--taxes, interest rates, government regulations, job creation, gay rights, abortion, health care, gun control, foreign aid, national defense, and immigration are all directly affected by who we vote for.
Everything about everyday life is determined by politics.