Whatever the wave, let’s surf


In all of my world travels, the longest I’ve ever lived in one place was in New Mexico, where I spent 35 years after my father retired from the Air Force.

(No offense meant to my latest digs, which I love, but I really miss the Mexican restaurants.)

The state question there is “Red or Green,” which refers to the type of sauce you would get on your enchiladas. Hot or hotter, tasty for both.

A variation of that question has now become the national question: Red or Blue, which is of course referring to which wave of politics will crash upon the rocky shores of November’s election.

I’m fully cognizant of the cheese factor of my similes. I’m being so eloquent so as not to call the current state of politics and posturing by less acceptable names.

Depending on which news site, or Twitter feed, or Facebook post you read, either the Democrats will storm the ramparts of Washington and state houses and right the wrongs of the Republicans, or the Republicans will rise up — again — in response to Democratic interference in righting the wrongs of the previous administration, and really lower the boom.

I’ve been watching election mixed with varying levels of outrage for decades, and the one thing that always is constant is the swing of the political pendulum.

If you think about it, President Trump was elected because of a wave of sentiment that Obama was the worst thing ever to happen to the country. And Obama was elected because Bush was the worst thing ever to happen to the country. And Bush was elected, and Clinton was elected, and Reagan was elected, ad infinitum.

The midterm elections really are no different. During the Obama and Clinton administrations, Republicans were handed control of Congress in the midterms because of backlash over policy and programs. Democrats were given control in Republican administrations for the same reasons. Swing to the left, swing to the right.

That’s the beauty of our system of government, in that every two years we can try something else just in case what we put in doesn’t do the trick.

The similes and analogies, even the hyperboles this year, though, seem to be off-the-charts horrific, but my point remains valid. The country shifts from one side to the other, depending on the outcome of its previous attempts.

The insistence of the current political geniuses that it’s either one side or the other, though, that’s going to be a problem. The answers to any problems lie not in the intractable dogma of a political party, but in the combined efforts of all of us, regardless of belief.

It would behoove our elected representatives to remember that they are to reflect the will of the people instead of the party. That’s where the answers lie, not in a political platform, or in tried-and-failed policies. That, and the Constitution, which also allows for the people to remove or change the system of government if it becomes too big for its own britches.

I welcome a wave of any color, as long as it helps to fix problems for the betterment of everyone, not just a few special interest groups, and certainly not at the expense of the citizens of this fair country. Anything should be better than this logjam of constant and never-ending investigations and reckless spending.

Whoever ends up in charge, please remember that it’s country before party.

Tony Farkas is publisher of the Madisonville Meteor.