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Another great season of parties has just passed and I was reflecting on how great it was for all this nonsense to be over until next year. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a party as well as the next one and the next one and the next one. But there is a limit to anything this good.

I echo Tiny Tim’s comment, "God bless us, every one." Now let's get on with life.

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was commenting on how nice it was that all of the parties were over and she could relax, for a least a few months. I hated to break the news to her so I allowed her to revel in those thoughts for a few moments. Then, as gently as possible, I broke the news to her.

"I hate to tell you this, but the parties have just begun."

She gave me one of those glares and then . . .

Another great season of parties has just passed and I was reflecting on how great it was for all this nonsense to be over until next year. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a party as well as the next one and the next one and the next one. But there is a limit to anything this good.

I echo Tiny Tim’s comment, "God bless us, every one." Now let's get on with life.

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage was commenting on how nice it was that all of the parties were over and she could relax, for a least a few months. I hated to break the news to her so I allowed her to revel in those thoughts for a few moments. Then, as gently as possible, I broke the news to her.

"I hate to tell you this, but the parties have just begun."

She gave me one of those glares and then demanded, "What do you mean?"

I explained to her that now begins the political party season. We can enjoy this ongoing party the entire year all the way up to the election of the president of the United States. We will have 24/7 coverage of every political candidate running for the office.

She was not too happy with my news.

Right after that crystal ball is dropped New Year's Eve announcing a brand-new year somebody shouted, "Let's get ready to rumble." I know the rumble is coming, but I do not think I am ready for it. However, 2008 is the year of the political party animal. This convergence upon the American public every four years is just a little too often.

I think there are two things that we should really consider in this country.

First, we should seriously think about a third party. We have had this two-party system long enough. It is time for a change. For the third party I am suggesting a Necktie Party. Of course, this would be the party to end all other parties. This may not be a bad idea.

I have a hard time understanding why anybody would want to become a politician. Personally, I am not a politician but I did lie to my parents once.

Where do politicians really come from? Although I do not believe in the theory of evolution, there are moments when I am tempted to consider the origins of politicians. When I was at the zoo the last time, I mentioned my idea to the monkeys. They flatly denied any relationship whatsoever with any politician and went into a frenzied riot to emphasize the point. Out of my deep respect for monkey-hood, I will not bring that topic up again with them.

In particular, think about the politician who wants to become the president. It will cost over $100 million to run for President of the United States. The job only pays around $200,000 a year, give or take a bribe or two. I question the sanity of anybody who pays that much money to get such a low paying job. If that is an example of their fiscal responsibility, it gives me pause to wonder about their ability to run our country. If they really wanted to help our country they could donate that $100 million to some charity and then retire from public life altogether.

Evidently these people running for office don't understand that once elected, half of the people will hate you, half of the people will love you, and half of the people won't remember who you are. This is according to a newspaper poll taken last week.

This brings me to my second consideration. We should elect a president like a Pope is elected. Instead of having elections every four years wasting millions and millions of dollars and boring the American public to death with political debates, elect a president for life. It cannot be any worse than what we have been doing over the last hundred years.

Then, once our president is elected, we would allow him to come out once a year to give a little speech on what he has been doing over the past year locked up in the White House. The speech must be filled with witty comments about his home life and the new hobby he has taken up this year; working crossword puzzles.

I think Great Britain already does this with their Gracious Queen. It is worked for them for hundreds of years.

Once we work out a solution to the office of the President, we can then begin doing similar things to other political offices.

Once all of this is taken care of, we can get to the serious work of our country and solve many of the problems facing us today. If we did not have to support a lethargic political culture, we could channel that money to important issues of our country facing us today.

Then, when all this political nonsense is put to bed, the news media can get back to the really important issues of life like, what celebrity has just been arrested and headed for rehab. And, what is Britney Spears doing tonight.

For the New Year I am taking as my verse for the year, "Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.  Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy." (Proverbs 31:8 - 9 KJV).

 Copyright, Rev. James L. Snyder
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