<b>The new politics</b>

EDITOR: If you are an American citizen who votes in every election, you know the tiny feeling of pride and patriotism as you leave the polling place. Alas, you may never experience that sensation again.

Before long, we will not hold elections. We will hold silent auctions. Each candidate will have a strong box at the polling place. Instead of casting a vote, you merely deposit a check in the box of your choice. When the poll closes, all the money will be totaled up, and the candidate with the most donations wins.

How simple! How easy! If you think about it, that's pretty much the way we've been selecting our leaders for quite some time now.