The partisan political spindustry is bamboozling the rest of us by fighting or pretending to fight — and it is getting paid quite well to do so.

Good vs. evil; hope vs. fear. It is not that hard. All of them pay.

If you are a progressive, it is the oppressed or the oppressor.

If you are a conservative, it is civilization or barbarism.

If you are a libertarian, it is freedom or coercion.

If you are LibertyPell, it is fixers or fakers.

“Smartisan” if all else fails, give it a try.

At the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” Without hesitation, Franklin replied, “A republic, if you can keep it.”

The “you” to whom he referred is “we.”