"The question is whether the American people will be so fed up with Citizens United and the mess it makes of our political process that they're going to basically speak out." - Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL). "In 2010, the American people sent a message to Washington when they sent one of the largest, boldest freshmen classes they have ever sent to Washington, D.C." - Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-11). In this election season politicians are always lecturing us on the critical issues that "The American People" care about, or don't care about, or believe in, or fear. President Obama and Governor Romney want us to trust that they have their fingers on the pulse of The American People. (It's curious that they hear opposing beliefs from the very same American People, but, hey, maybe that's just a glitch in the satellite transmission.) The way politicians use the term, you¿d think The American People was a bland amorphous mass that moves in lock step, thinks the same way, and requires politicians to speak for them. They sound like needy pod people. Really, does that description match the people you know? The people you meet at Soldier Field? The parents at your PTA meetings? The drivers on the Dan Ryan? Maybe The American People, as defined by politicians, are a fiction. And maybe all their talk has lulled real American people into temporarily forgetting who they are.
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