If you are reading this book and you are not related to me or part of my direct social circle, your first question might be “Who is this guy, and why should I listen to him?” It is a perfectly valid question, and a great place to start.
I have been a registered voter since 1992. I registered Independent and have continued that practice to this day. I have voted in most every election since then, local and national. But that most certainly did not mean that I knew what was going on in our country, or even in my neighborhood. Like most people, I got my “information” from the media. I would watch the news or read a paper, and I would form my opinion based on what I read. The internet as we know it today was just getting off the ground, so to do any substantive research meant going to the library and scouring the card catalogs and shelves to find relevant material. Like most people, I wasn’t doing that, so my knowledge of the deeper issues and candidates was a bit cursory, to say the least.