Republicans want to make it harder to vote, Democrats want to make it easier. It's a simple concept, and it's one that strikes at a foundational belief most Americans share: Things always get better throughout American history, never worse.
We should all have grown tired of the media cycle of fixating on a politician's remark until an apology is offered. But some remarks form a pattern worth analyzing. One pattern now clear is the racially charged political speech emerging from the Romney campaign.