These two paragraphs correctly depict the reasons Welcome to the Darkside exists. These are the reasons for, by some standards, my sudden interest in politics along with my writing/commentary. There is less freedom and more at stake in America these days.
“Meanwhile, noting the Palin hatred, the Bush hatred and, I suspect, looming Obama hatred, I have a thought on why politics is more polarized than it used to be: It’s because people have more at risk. As Jerry Pournelle wrote a while back, “We have always known that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. It’s worse now, because capture of government is so much more important than it once was. There was a time when there was enough freedom that it hardly mattered which brand of crooks ran government. That has not been true for a long time — not during most of your lifetimes, and for much of mine — and it will probably never be true again.”
Americans used to laugh at the intensity with which people in other countries pursued politics. That was a luxury we possessed because our system kept the government small enough that people’s lives didn’t turn on who was in power. We’ve changed that now, and if we keep that change, we’re likely to suffer many of the ills that go with it.”
– Glenn Reynolds in the LA Times