Yossarian rejected the advice with a skeptical shake of his head. "When I look up, I see people cashing in. I don't see heaven or saints or angels. I see people cashing in on every decent impulse and every human tradgedy."
"But you must try not to think of that," Major Danby insisted. "And you must try not to let it upset you."
"Oh, it doesn't really upset me. What does upset me, though, is that they think I'm a sucker. They think that they're smart, and that the rest of us are dumb. And, you know, Danby, the thought occurs to me right now, for the first time, that they may be right."
--Catch-22, Joseph Heller
That quote pretty much sums up my feelings about politics in america. I don't mind if a politician disagrees with me, as long as I feel he really believes what he saying; he's being honest with me. But most of the time, he's not. Instead, he's constructed a scenario that explains how one might come to believe the same thing he does. But he doesn't tell us his real reasons. We're much too stupid to understand those. Instead, he gives us an emotional pitch designed to inflame passions and hide the all-too-frequent truth that he believes as he does because (and solely because) his political enemies believe the opposite. I think I'll have t-shirts made with that quote for the next presidential election.