To some elected officials the game of politics comes easy, while to others it can become as hard to grasp a hold of as a fist full of Wesson oil. Personally, as an elected official, I've grown in my understanding of how the game of politics is played but I still have absolutely no desire to immerse myself into a pool that appears to be muddied with corruption, coercion and manipulation. By now, I'm sure that most informed readers, who follow politics even to a minimal extent, are familiar with the term "Politics is the game of perception." But to most people the word "perception," could easily be replaced by the word "deception," due to the questionable behavior of many elected politicians that seem to be more interested in their own person gains, rather than keeping their commitments to those who elected them into office. The political game of politics has unfortunately become an implied action that is assumed to be automatically instituted by all newly elected office holders within both major political parties.

Not too long ago, a friend of mine accused me of being naïve in my understanding of politics. Do I understand most of the political posturing of today? Why, of course I do! I may not like it, but I do understand it. One of the biggest problems within the political spectrum of our time, is that the participation of it has become entrenched with ambiguities and encapsulated into an "assumed" game that is required to be played in order for someone to become both accepted and successful within the political realm. Consequently, no matter how noble a politician's goals may be, "the game must go on" and continually played out at all costs. There have been a number of times during our nation's history, when what was best for the country came first and the game second. But, those days are regrettably long gone, and today, while our country is once again at war, the game has become so engrained within the roll of the "politician," that their desire and willingness to apply common sense and fundamental truths, to best serve the nations interest, seem to have given way to other allegiances. For now, the political prevailing cliché of the day has become "politics as usual" and sadly, while the game goes on, the "spectators" (voters) are forced to questioningly sit on the sidelines and scratch their wary heads in wonderment, as to why their so-called representatives continually squabble amongst themselves and yet get very little accomplished.

Players in the game of politics vary in ability, but they all know that ultimately the goal of the game is to achieve both power and position. To me, politics is like a "dual edged sword." Consequently, even before it's to be picked up, a person should have a pretty good understanding of how and why it's to be used and the consequences of putting it into action. It seems like there are many politicians these days who in their zeal to impress others with their swordsmanship, wind up fatally wounding themselves, by attempting to craftily weald their political savvy, but instead inadvertently seal their future demise by exposing their hypocrisy and arrogance.

The absurdity of the game of politics today has reached the point where I believe that the voters have finally had enough. The mess in D.C. today, concerning the war in Iraq and the illegal immigration issue have most voters throwing their hands up in disgust. If nothing else, I feel that the one good thing that will come out of all of today's political confusion is that a growing disdain of it, by voters, will consequently bring an end to the current version of it. There's little doubt that people in general are just sick and tired of the inane behavior of many politicians and their extreme politicizing of every issue, where their obvious goal is to selfishly impart power upon themselves or to their perspective political parties rather than to the country itself. For the most part, these so called "elected" leaders appear to have abandoned any rational version of common sense, in favor of embracing a loose fitting form of political correctness in order to maintain their status amongst other elite "game players." There's little doubt in my mind, that most Americans are simply fed up with the ongoing "political shell game" and by election time in November of 2008, they will have had enough of the current political foolishness and therefore vote to restore our country into a quality of leadership that is based upon honest communication, clear thinking and common sense application. In the meantime, it should continue to be our responsibility to search for and support those who represent these ideals and endeavor to put our country first at all cost.