Politics for “normies”

Matthew Arnold Stern
4 min readJun 7, 2024
Statue of Liberty

If you’re into politics, you’ve been glued to everything that has happened in this presidential race. You’ve faithfully followed the cable news networks and social media feeds that tell you what you want to hear. You’ve scrutinized every poll. You already have strong opinions about how your party will do and expect everyone feels the same way you do (except for those nut jobs on the other side).

Now that the election is getting closer, people who haven’t followed politics are paying attention. They’re the ones who want to think as little about government as they do the engine in their vehicle. And they’re only thinking about it now because it’s time to bring it in for maintenance.

And you despise them.

You don’t understand why they don’t care about the things you do. Why they would consider the other side when those people are so downright wrong, if not evil. And why can’t they just make up their minds?

If you want to address the “normies,” there’s a simple question you need to ask yourself: What problem does your policy solve?

Let’s be honest. Most of the policies proposed by the extremes don’t solve people’s real problems.

Let’s start with Project 2025. What problem does it solve? How does it make life better for ordinary Americans? Does it improve our children’s schools…



Matthew Arnold Stern

A novelist and award-winning public speaker and technical writer. My novels Amiga and The Remainders are available now.