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The only constant

“The only constant is change.” Thankfully. And no more so than in American elections, known for its wide swings between the left and right. It is, of course, a common trend in almost any two-party system.

When Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote – at around 500 BC – that famous line about change he could not have had the 2010 US Mid Term elections in mind but explaining change as “cold things warm up, hot things cool down” certainly sums up political moods. You are guaranteed to hear “We’ve come to take our government back!” every two years. And that would have pleased Thomas Jefferson, who insisted that “Every generation needs a new revolution.” A revolution every two years should be even better, one presumes.

voteAfter all has quieted down, after cold things have warmed up and hot things have cooled down, we will once again agree that it is back to the same sins, just different faces. And once again we will call for change.

In the meantime, until the time for more elections two years on, at least one person will recite his favorite theologian‘s prayer: “God, grant me the serenity, To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference.”

For the politicians who lost their seats and those who did not get elected, and for those who lost $50 million or more, there sure as heck is the possibility of change for you too, according to Walter Wintle:

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are.
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.

And for the voter (whether you prefer coffee or tea at your party), think about it this way: at least the benefit of a two-party system is that there are only two evils to choose from.

03/11/2010. Category: People. Topic: , .

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