“Politics has not been poisoned, but rather is poisonous;” – G.K. Chesterton
The words of Margaret Thatcher rang clear in the hearts of the British voters: “Socialism works so long as someone else’s money holds out.” The people of England have spoken loudly in voting to back out of the E.U. They have had their fill of stagnant wages, a struggling economy and compromised national security the result of open borders. These Brits were tired of being told by arrogant elites how they should live their lives. Elites, on both sides of the political fence, who profess to know what’s best for people have opened themselves to pride rather than wisdom; thereby making it impossible for them to admit when they are wrong. The E.U.’s welfare mentality bodes well for the progressive socialists and their acolytes, but offers little for those members of the middle-class who are compelled to carry a financial burden beyond their own.
A predominant two-party Democratic form of government, as is true of England and the U.S., acts as a pendulum. The rod of the pendulum, for the purpose this discussion, once set in motion, swings to the right and to the left. Influenced by gravity it is compelled to pass through the center. In politics that gravity is the mindset of the people. They will support the party whose policies fulfill the promises of life, liberty and the best opportunity for happiness. No one party can expect to be in power forever, no matter how keen their method of manipulation or persuasion. For the proof is always in the pudding. The pudding which the voter is forced to consume.
Democracy loses sight of its tenets when run by uncommon men and uncommon women promoting uncommon ideals, rather than being run by common men and common women promoting common sense ideals that will best suit the common man. Therein lies the injustice and sad inconsistency of such governance. Failing to be mindful to needs of all. Failing to acknowledge the unique worth in each person, thereby neglecting to provide opportunity for each to exercise his/her God-given purpose. A person without purpose is a person without self-worth. Such leadership has failed to find the center.
Blessed Mother Teresa said: “Truth without compassion tends toward cruelty, and compassion without truth is sentimentality.” The conservative right, primarily, is the purveyor of truth; the liberal left, primarily, the purveyor of compassion. The best that the right and the left have to offer the citizens materializes when both converge toward a balanced center. The center is also where Christ is found. From there He imparts all truth and compassion through a balanced orderly power. An incorruptible power which is bestowed by an infallible God, and loving Father, the source of all power. Those centered in Christ adhere to an absolute objective truth that assures a genuine beneficial compassion.
Due to the fallibility of man, any governing body can be likened to well-worn underwear. Eventually a change is needed.