Jason Kottke speaks my mind when he says that, basically, we are treating politics like a team sport (I’m on the ‘Red Team,’ which team are you on?):
I don’t think America is that divided. I think most of us are ill-informed in two major ways, "conveniently" split along the lines of the two major political parties available to us. We’re told we have two different choices — you’re rooting for this team or that team and the other team is the enemy — and we believe that and organize our beliefs accordingly. There’s a lot of fear and emotion involved on both sides. I can’t count how many times in the last two days I’ve heard self-righteous "liberals" call the entire middle of the country "stupid". Kerry voters, we need to get over ourselves…we’re not special. We’re not informed by some superior intelligence that gives us a unique insight into how the world should work. We buy into the Democratic Party/liberal/anti-conservative/fear the church crap in the same way that our "red state" brethren buy into the Rebublican Party/conservative/anti-liberal/fear the gays bullshit.
Oh, but the fact is we really do know more than the other team. It’s not so much that we’re smarter than them, but more that they are so naïve. Don’t you agree? Of course you do.