Just the other day, I was checking my mail and noticed that I got a printed advertisement from both candidates who are running against each other for office. I’ve already made up my mind who I’m going to vote for in that particular race, so I wasn’t swayed one way or another by what was on the ads. Yet they got me to thinking about the whole election process that we regularly go through in our country.

I was a political science major in college, and I chose that major because it was a topic that interested me and that I was good at in high school. What’s ironic is that learning more about politics has actually turned me away from the whole process. I still vote and still try to pay some attention to what’s going on in the world, but my interest has decreased dramatically over the years as I learn more about what it takes to be successful in politics.

Brian Johnston lives in St. Joseph with his wife and two children. You can find him on Facebook at facebook.com/