I've always felt that in the midst of a heated debate, you will learn about a person's character. You will learn what they believe, how they think, and how they like to fight. So when an important election comes around and suddenly some of your friends are reading the news, asking your opinion on issues and wanting to have Important Conversations - it's a fun time for political junkies like me.
The election eventually occurs, of course, and people quickly go back to their normal lives - back to griping about their coworkers, watching reality television, planning this summer's vacation, and worrying about the gas bill. Politics become boring again and they stop caring about what the guy they just elected is actually doing with the power he's been granted. They stop paying attention to how the government is spending their money.
Like people who only show up for Mass on Easter or Christmas, this is politics as high holiday...and the government counts on it. They rely on voters to become apathetic after the excitement of an election wanes. Every media outlet is so saturated with candidates, issues and scandals during the campaign that after the ballots are counted, people are actually relieved.
So now the party's over. It's only been 9 days since the inauguration of our new president and, wow, he sure has been busy. While we've been passed out and recovering from our little post-political hangover, he's been going through our pockets and pilfering the silver.