My column for the Washington County Daily News is online and in print. Here’s a little part:
Another driver of the growing relevance of politics in our lives is that we have ceded too much power to the political realm. In earlier years, debates over the next Supreme Court justice or which party controlled the U.S. Senate were important, but not imperative. Our far-away federal government made big decisions about big things, but was relegated to a narrow part of our daily lives.
Now we have allowed our federal government into the most intimate corners of our lives. We have allowed politicians and bureaucrats we have never met, who live and work in distant cities to which we have never been, to make the most granular decisions about how we live our lives. They are deciding what kind of cars we can drive, how we see our doctors, how much water our toilets can use, what fuels our lawnmowers can use, what our schools teach our children, what foods we can eat, how we make our neighborhoods safe, and so much more.
Throughout most of our history, these decisions were left to the good sense of individuals and the cooperation between neighbors. Now we task our government to homogenize and codify the most minor of human interactions into law. If it seems that politics are taking a larger role in our lives, it is because we have allowed it. Some have insisted upon it.