I seldom write about religion or about politics. It seems everybody is more than willing to offer you their opinion on either subject without even being asked. So, I’ll try not to express my political views, but that won’t stop me from writing about someone else’s political views.

I have selected Will Rogers, the famous humorist, who had a lot to say about the Democrats and the Republicans in his day. Here are just a few quotes that are appropriate for the political parties of today:

• “A Democrat is just like a baby. If it’s hollering and making a lot of noise, there is nothing serious the matter with it. When it’s quiet and doesn’t pay much attention to anything, that’s when it’s really dangerous.”

• “The Republicans always looked bad three years out of four. But the year they look good is election year. A voter don’t expect much. If you give him one good year he is satisfied…; the short memories of the American voters is what keeps our politicians in office.”

Note: It seems it becomes politically correct for the Democratic National Com­mit­­­­tee and the GOP to shout and point fingers at each other regardless of whether the content has any truth being advocated. A fact-checker is needed when listening to the candidates during a debate to determine who is telling the truth or ad-libbing.

One can wonder if America is on the verge of revolution.  Maybe a better word would be “revelation,” for certainly as we have already seen both parties are evolving either farther left into socialism i.e., “Have no fear, Big Brother/­

Sister has your back” or to the right, sustaining those freedoms already promised in the Constitution, and a free market system called capitalism based on private ownership.

The division of political thought in America is just as divided as ever. Each candidate touts what the future will look like if they become the president. If one were to search the internet for the excerpts on both candidates’ acceptance speeches, one would do well to read between the lines. It’s not the speeches themselves; it’s how the speeches have been misinterpreted by the media. One can see, or not, depending on one’s political eyesight, either left or right, the amount of illegitimacy being used in their platforms. But the one thing that is inevitable is the polarity of our nation will never change as long we can’t seem to come together as one nation outside of having a natural disaster.    

Maybe Rogers had more common sense than most of us when he wrote, “You can’t legislate intelligence and common sense into people.” So maybe we are standing at the intersection of change trying to figure out which direction to travel down.

Most people think we are on the wrong road now and if so, how did we get there in the first place?

We have two major candidates pointing in different directions, both parties so stuck in knee-deep muck and mire that both smell bad; but, one thing is for certain: Whatever road this nation travels down, there is no turning back.

Think carefully about what road you want this nation to travel down when you are in that voting box.

Lastly from Rogers: “This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer.”

In one analysis it could mean that in one hand Congress has given away so much of our wealth in the name of equality as to make our debt unbearable to all citizens and in the other hand using a hammer pounding Americans into perpetual servitude.

Nicholas Harmon is a Walton County resident and a correspondent for The Walton Tribune. Online: The Daily Planner is a free listing for local groups and their events. Please mail information to The Walton Tribune, P.O. Box 808, Monroe, GA 30655, fax information to 770-267-7780 or email information to community@waltontribune.com.com.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.