Election puzzles political student

Posted November 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm


As much as I have studied politics since I was a kid, I still have a lot to learn and this last election probably reinforces the fact there is still a lot of stuff I do not understand about politics and the voters.

Like, why do older people like their government programs but vote for candidates who want to cut them, get rid of them entirely, or privatize them? Why do people want to get rid of big government interfering in our lives but still want big government to tell a woman what to do with her body and tell consenting adults what they can do in their bedroom? (Not an endorsement of gay marriage or abortion, I don’t personally support either)

Why do people not like other people’s entitlement programs but enjoy the ones they benefit from? (Human nature, maybe???) Why do people despise taxes and fear “creeping socialism” but still like to reap the benefits of interstate highways, schools, colleges and universities, public health clinics, libraries, and other things our taxes pay for?

Why do people claim to be voting Christian or voting Bible when they support candidates who do not promote compassion, fairness and equality for people like Jesus did?

Just a few puzzling questions. Maybe other Sun readers have the answers.


David Shipp

Castro Valley CA