Because someone who doesn’t have your best interests in mind is following politics closely, and they’re going to use that against you.

If you’re someone who doesn’t really follow politics, it may just look like a lot of liars arguing, and it’s impossible to tell who’s right, who’s wrong, who’s good, and who’s evil. It may look like people just trashing each other and trying to destroy each other’s reputation. If you’re just trying to enjoy your life and make the most of it, it’s easy to conclude, “who needs that?”

Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to avoid it. Everything is becoming political. There’s politics in our sports, in our entertainment, our movies, our music, in our nightly news, and even in the food we eat. We’re running out of places to turn to avoid it.

We’d all be better off if we limited the amount of mental energy spent on politics. Ideally, our politicians would set up loose guidelines that allowed our freedoms and morals to determine the choices we made and how we lived our lives. Would that it were true.

Instead, there are people who want to control you and tell you what you can and can’t do. They’re working hard to restrict your freedoms, deciding if you can keep your business open, what foods you can eat, whether or not your an essential worker, what you can say and not say, if you can own a gun, what kind of cars we can drive, and so on and so on.

The problem? These people follow politics very closely and are constantly, vigilantly working to steal your freedom. They’re hoping you’re not paying attention as they slowly encroach on your life until it’s too late for you to stop it.

You have the right to not vote and not follow politics, and that’s certainly a decision you’re free to make. However, the consequences include you not having any say in what people decide to do to you through our political system.

If you’re comfortable with our politicians treating you like you’re incapable of making decisions for yourself and passing restrictive laws that impede on your ability to pursue your happiness, you’re free to tune out.

But if you believe in freedom and value your own, I’m afraid these times are almost demanding your attention. It’s up to you.