somewhere recently i read the phrase “politics is the opiate of the people” (i’m not sure if it is related to this article). it got me thinking that a lot of americans don’t or can’t distinguish between words & ideas of politics, government & civic life. years ago i read thomas paine’s common sense. at the risk of a sophist overview, the book’s theme expresses that america is a people with a government (not a government with a people).

[on reviewing what i just wrote, i hope i am not mistaken for matt mittan]

anyway, i voted for the city mayor and three city council members.

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