POLITICS, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage.
.....Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Are you surprised that people

Are you surprised that people often vote against their interests?

People often do things that hurt their interests a lot more than voting for the wrong candidate.

I, for one, often do things that are bad for me. Not voting for Obama in 2008 didn't really hurt me too much.

if it only were it would be

if it only were
it would be easier to understand
today we have a situation where most people vote, or vote by staying home, against their interests and principles

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