For me, politics has become an emetic (a potion that makes one vomit). I would rather die than have to kneel on the floor before the porcelain throne, resting my chin on the cool rim, waiting the inevitable retching. The mind of the essayist is best exercised thinking about things of the Spirit; things that are intrinsically meritable and of eternal consequence.
In the present climate of Washington (DC), politics is the dog manure on the sole (and soul) of our nation's tennis shoes; so easy to step in; so hard to clean. I could rant about Democrats and Republicans but that would be pointless and purposeless. One powerful Bible verse comes to mind just now: "Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off; for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter" [Isaiah 59:14].
Recently I read the following; "Politicians cannot be bought but are easily rented." Senators from Nebraska and Louisiana were easily rented for the price of their vote. The reader already knows these things so we will not waste time on the details. The President is large on labor unions and so, in a show at Home Depot, Obama and labor leaders labored on the details of a plot that granted health plan taxation favors to the unions; imagine that! (Some may know that a hundred years ago Ellen White warned against the destructive influence of unions as she looked clearly into the future) (I can give the citation and the date if you ask).
The White House is concerned that Massachussetts may go Republican and that would be a disaster for the Senate as the imbalance of present power would most probably be lost. The results would be terrible. How then would Pelosi be able to say to us, "Open wide!" and be followed by humble Harry demanding, "Swallow!" In advance of a Republican victory in MA, politicians have divised a plan that would postpone seating a Republican winner until after they accomplish dismantlization of the legislative process and have injected the nation with a nationalized case of health care influenza. I rest my case.
Here is a suggestion that might be adopted by all politicians: promise not to promise. For, to promise, is to create expectations, and when expectations are not met then the promisers are forced to "create" (read, lie) explanations to the promisees and that is always awkward, televised, scripted, practiced, and most assuredly inauthentic. In place of promises, abolish oaths of office and just give a simple, "I'll try," that would be believeable...perhaps.
The Creator and Cleanser of all things is preparing for His return; and He will cleanse the earth with fire. Paul, the great apostle wrote a socio-political commentary describing endtime conditions at the end of the first chapter in the book of Romans. It reads like this: "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge; God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers (gossipers), backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them" [Romans 1:28-32].
If I must vote, here is my Candidate: "Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth shall spring out of the earth, and righteousness shall look down from heaven. Yes, the Lord will give what is good; and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway" [Psalms 85:10-13].
p.s. God, who cannot lie, needs neither speech writer nor teleprompter.