Navigating the muddy roads of politics

Politicians are stuck in a muddy road of their own making. Photo: Stuck on a muddy road/ AP

WASHINGTON, November 8, 2013  The Powers That Be have obviously had very little experience with the bog holes, deep ruts, and slippery slopes that are expensive hazards on muddy roads. A muddy road is precisely where the president and the Congress find themselves as they try to cover one lie with another lie and lose the trust of the American people. And this muddy road is of their own making.

Politicians probably have probably never had the experience of driving on muddy roads and don’t know how to navigate themselves out of the problem, but know this: There is no easy way. Our leaders don’t even seem to know they are stuck, though. Perhaps they are just to lazy to get out and look. 

When a car is really stuck, the passengers get out, look at the problem, and then decide whether to push forward or backward. The objective is to get the car rocking forward and backward, hoping that momentum will move it to a higher place and keep moving. But there are times when a car will get stuck in old ruts. When that happens, it is time to pray for dry weather.

Congress and the White house are stuck, and no one is willing to get out and do what they have to to get things rolling. They are quite willing to look at each other and say, “This is reprehensible, and it’s your fault entirely.” 

The House will push a little, while the Senate is at the other end holding up all momentum, then each steps back as if the other should do all the pushing. Then they fight, push against each other, and argue about which way to go.

The American people are watching, the world is watching, and this problem just can’t wait until better weather. It needs fixing now.

While politicians are standing knee deep in the mire of politics, the people are beginning to grow weary and tired of watching their elected leaders fuss and squabble over who is winning points. The American People don’t care about their political points, they want action, not yesterday, but now.

When stuck on a muddy road, one is limited in the ability to complete the other work that needs to get done. So it is with the government. They need to get their ducks in a row, and get about doing the peoples business.

The American People are anxious to see their factories up and running, and the government working toward energy independence; also the American People are concerned about the danger of our open borders and the security of the nation. But at the moment all the actors in this drama are focus on this thing called “Obamacare” and no one seem to be able to go forward on any of the pertinent issues that are still waiting at the end of the road.

The two main characters in this muddy road story are an Elephant and a Donkey.  And yes it’s hard to visualize either of them exiting the comfort of their surroundings, and actually looking at each other in any serious way to solve the problem. 

To all those watching and wondering if these two will ever get back on high ground:

Don’t hold your breath.

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