Whether we think politics is a bother or whether we are full of great expectations about all the good things politics tries to do, we have to scale back the scope of politics.  Otherwise no good things will be accomplished.  We can’t treat the American government like mom, expecting her to get us off to kindergarten in the morning, fix our meals, wash the dishes, fold the laundry, keep our house clean and our grandparents happy, do the shopping and the gardening, and still somehow make herself interesting to dad.  That’s why mom snapped and started drinking and  got in that car wreck.

from Don’t Vote- It Just Encourages the Bastards by P.J. O’Rourke