Printed on: April 27, 2013

Resolved and resigned

Jim Huston
Local columnist

Last year's elections don't seem to have changed much in the country's body politic, writes Jim Huston.

Here at the end of the first quarter of the "newly elected," I have concluded that their resolves and resignations are being used as verbs, nouns or both. As with the previous two years, we lurch forward politically at a snail's pace, with gridlock, bad feelings, stunts, alignment, opposition and rarely agreement.

The Senate, House and president each have a budget, all different. Politicians continue to lie, cheat and steal, bluster, reform, smile and shake hands while stabbing each other in their backs.

Key issues of their resolves and resignations seem to include:

For LGBT rights, but against gay marriage.

For rational gun safety initiatives, but against any reasonable extension of legal gun ownership or purchase requirements.

For comprehensive immigration policy, but against having "guest workers" enjoy the same protections as "American workers" -- minimum wage, child labor law protection, overtime pay or safe working conditions.

For equal women's rights, but against women's control of reproductive rights.

What a mess -- not only on a national basis, but state to state as well.

Personally, I have a number of resolves, including:

1) Our citizens are all created equal.

2) We are endowed with certain inalienable rights -- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

3) "We The people" do a lot of things to create a more perfect union for society.

4) Pledging allegiance to flag and country is an honorable thing to do.

5) Standing up straight, singing along or remaining silent for our national anthem is patriotic.

6) Oaths should be (and are usually) taken for no purpose of evasion.

7) On my honor I will do my best, to do my duty and obey my pledges and oaths.

8) Bullies of all kinds should not be allowed to get away with it.

I have a few resignations, of which I am neither necessarily proud nor able to change, among which are that:

Our politics is the art of lying, all politicians lie (some more than others), and they can't fool all of the people all of the time, no matter how hard they try.

Our attention span for issues has changed from quiet and thoughtful reflection to the time it takes to change the channel.

Our technology is changing faster and faster.

Our Earth is getting warmer and there is probably little we will do to stop it.

Our country we live in is the greatest country on the Earth (and that is damning by faint praise).

I just hope we are not completely doomed to make the same unfortunate mistakes, over and over again, at a faster and faster pace.

Huston is a retired electric and water utility executive and management consultant who lives in Idaho Falls.