For most people, politics often means a spirit of refreshment, vision and a general feeling of accomplishment.
Usually this feeling can be felt in both political parties regardless of the results.
It is for certain that there is always the immediate disappointment and bitter words and sometimes even nasty words can be exchanged but usually these are quickly put aside and the important business of the nation is continued.
In recent years past however and this past year especially, the political climate has been anything but constructive. The ending 2012 political year has resulted in utter destruction of legislative communication between parties and political leaders which could result in stabilizing our economy and developing a leaner government; the Fiscal Cliff scenario is just one example.
It has been nearly a century since there have been such vehement arguments with threats and insults by both parties within and outside of their respective parties.
Political candidates were beat up and many decent politicians even destroyed.
In the GOP, Ron Paul continued to be called everything from a non republican to a kook, Rick Santorum was attacked on just about everything, Michelle Bachman was accused of being too inexperienced and conservative, Rick Perry was called unprepared, Newt Gingrich had his multiple marriages used against him and Mitt Romney was called everything from a thief, liar, murderer and cult member.
Many political pundits have even said the parties themselves have been beat up so badly that by the time the next presidential election rolls around most people won’t even recognize them.
Some in the GOP believe the Republican Party will never be the same and still others within the party believe the rise of a permanent strong third party will be the end result.
Even the Tea Party which was so constructive leading to big wins in the 2010 mid-term elections was seen this past election year as being a force of destruction rather than construction; some have even said the Tea Party is now headed for a quiet death.
There is of course that old saying which says, “Does anything good ever result from politics?”
The answer of course is that occasionally it does but it is rare; especially if you’re a conservative in favor of smaller and less government.
Thomas Jefferson once said that revolution was often a good thing; that doesn’t mean a physical violent war type revolution such as our fore fathers fought.
A revolution can be a simple thing like the change of parties such as the replacement of the Wig and Federal parties which once were very dominant yet short lived in our nation’s political history.
America needs a year of political healing and re-construction.
We need statesmen like Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan.
We need men and women more interested in the good of our country than their political futures and themselves.
© 2012 Dr. Lee W. Outlaw III