Politics is like water:
You never want to drink it, because there's always soda or coffee or whiskey around, and you think it's good for you, but you also know it's a part of everything you drink, and it is in most food you eat, so you're probably safe not having to drink it directly every day.
Some people can use it to cleanse themselves. Others, such as policemen with very high-powered hoses, can use it to deter people from doing or thinking things (think: riots). Still others, like construction workers, use very high-powered versions of it to, say, remove paint from a wall.
You can swim around in it. You can drown in it.
It may feel refreshing sometimes. At other times, it could be loaded with junk -- chemicals, bacteria. It can be paired with a hint of a flavor, though, like passionfruit patriotism, to try to get you to drink more of it.
Sometimes it rains down, sometimes it evaporates.
But too much of it can kill you.