Patriots The Democratic Party Of Football

I'm going to preface this by stating up front that I am not a football fan.  That said, I'd like to weigh in on the Patriots deflated ball scandal and compare it to something I see in politics.

To sum it the ball scandal, the Patriots were found to have 11 of the 12 balls their team used in their last play off game to be under inflated, giving an edge on handling.

As I've been reading about what the Patriots did I've been playing close attention to the comments being made and feedback given from fans.  Those who are not Patriots fans range from those laughing about the whole thing to those who want the Patriots punished to some degree for their actions breaking the rules of the game.  It's the Patriots fans however I see as the most interesting and the ones I will be discussing here.

The fans can be broken down into one of four groups.  Those who don't believe their team was cheating, those who do believe it but are embarrassed by it so they sit back and say nothing waiting for it to pass, those who agree the Patriots broke the rules but make excuses that they would either win anyway or that it wasn't a big deal and then you have the last group who realize the Patriots cheated but don't care and want their team to do anything and everything to win even if they have to break rules to do it.

That brings us back to politics, specifically voting.  Just like Patriots fans, you see the same thing with voters, some willing to overlook those who break the rules as long as their candidate (team) wins.

An NPR study actually found that Democrats are more willing to support a candidate who out right lies as long as they support the Democrat agenda.

We've also seen it when politicians attempt to push for laws like Voter ID, which would help prevent voter fraud, the Democratic party benefits the most and time and time again they are the ones pushing to prevent such laws being put into place.

And then just like the different levels of Patriots fans, when illegal voters are caught you see the same different levels of "fans".  There are those who disagree that the illegal voter did anything wrong, there are those who agree the voter did break the rules but argue the rules aren't such a big deal and then there are those who just don't care because those breaking the rules help their team win (but you'd see them screaming from the rooftops if it was the other team breaking the same rule).

It's also interesting that the Patriots also come from one of the most liberal Democrat states in the Nation.  Perhaps that is why they have the win at any cost including breaking rules mentality.