Rhode Island Politics: a Game That the State Can’t Win
People periodically give me incredulous looks when I tell them I dislike politics. The campaign horse race is a roundabout annoyance of spin, and more importantly, it simply isn’t appropriate to view politics as a team sport. Depending on the level of government, thousands or millions of people’s lives are directly affected by the policies that result.
Note that I’m saying that the team-sport mindset is not merely inadequate or imperfect; I’m insisting that it is inappropriate. There’s just no such thing as an objective referee or rules. Imagine if, over the course of some major sporting event, the winning team were able to rewrite the rules in their favor. We’d rebel against that even when nothing more is invested than our ticket price for entertainment; how much more ought we to recoil from it in relation to our very communities!
Yet, sports may be the closest metaphor available for us to organize the idea of politics, with its mix of partisans and special interests in competition, into a form that we can get our heads around. Thus, WPRI’s Ted Nesi comments, in his bullet-pointed Saturday column.
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