After watching the conventions (revival meetings), politics appears to becoming more and more like a "primitive" religion.
Each party has its own savior, devil (the others' candidate), damnation (and hence salvation), and dogma.
The clergy, and priests are various political pundits, who proceed to "teach the Truth," but actually to proselytize. Blasphemy is the voice of disagreement.
Party platforms and the Constitution are the "holy writ," often interpreted and parts reprioritized.
The wealthy, and big business are those most blessed by God (i.e., the Invisible Hand) for their arduous study and faithful work. Their opinion and welfare is the most important, and because of this, we should reduce their taxes, and regulations (financial and other).
Conservative "dogma" includes: Government is bad, competition is good (cooperation is bad?), the debt (and deficit) are bad, media, unions, and gun-control are also, and reducing taxes is good (even though taxes are the least they've been in over 50 years). Liberals have their own dogma.
And, how long will each remain true? "Even unto the end of the world. Amen"
Some remember when we were not as doctrinaire. When voters could agree (and disagree) with several points each candidate offered. Today, candidates in order to avoid disagreement, say little that can be disagreed with. People were confident of candidates intentions (on both sides).
That neither was trying to destroy America, "taxing and spending" every opportunity they had, or held very little similarity to Hitler (internally, or externally). Bribes (now blessed by PACs, and called "anonymous campaign contributions") were rarer, and usually a matter of some embarrassment.
Like "drinking and driving," let's "keep religion and politics separate."
-- D. L. (ANDY) ANDERSON, Richland