Olie the All-AmericanWe’re midway through football season and Olie is just now getting to the point of cheering “Yea! Football!” when mommy and daddy cheer. Before it was “Yea! Baseball!”.

It’s funny how kids don’t distinguish between opponents and teammates. Nor between friend or foe. To them, the whole world is trustworthy and equal.

Last Tuesday the rest of us over the age of seven behaved differently. We went into little booths and chose sides hoping that our side would emerge victorious. Why? Control. Unlike sports, politics is never “just a game”. Control must be had. I like the way WS Burroughs put it: “Control is controlled by it’s need to control”.

Too bad we can’t all just cheer “Yea! Baseball!”