Politics is the most powerful narcotic active in the world. Idealists who have a close whiff often hallucinate that they can change a system that thrives on favors, back room deals and expediency. They are soon disillusioned or corrupted. Others will do anything for another fix. Their only principles are the people who whisper in their ears. Betrayal is their middle name. They will shake your hand, pat your baby on the ass and kiss your wife on the mouth. They will tell you they are champions of the people. They will describe the downtrodden – what their political opponents have done to them and what they will do for them – until tears fill your eyes and outrage shakes your fist and makes you scream. It is a well-known scientific fact that whenever lips part and words pour forth, all listening – to reason, spirit and others – ceases.

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