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POLITICS: A political new year

Letter by Rev. V.J. DePalma, University Place on Jan. 12, 2012 at 10:59 am | 29 Comments »
January 12, 2012 10:59 am

Is a political new year even possible given the habit of politicians, surrogates and super PACs to attack and resurrect the bygone thoughts and actions of the past?

I used to think and behave somewhat differently in my past. Many people, including politicians, grow and evolve over time. Yes, human beings make mistakes and trespass, but we all have the liberty to grow, evolve, and be redeemed. We can move on and create a new world out of the past. This truth is substantiated by the words of Jesus, who taught his followers to pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Everyone is free to grow, improve, and be redeemed except apparently during a political campaign when politicians, surrogates, and super PACs choose to regress and resurrect the worst in one another. They choose to create an old world out of the present progress of new life working in each of us.

Thomas Jefferson said we have inalienable rights, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but during a political campaign we deny one another of these rights.

We can do better. We can move beyond this destructive will to power. As we enter this political new year, as we seek and select our new political leaders, let us esteem and hold fast to new Life, to a Liberty that allows us to grow and evolve, and to a Pursuit of a Happiness that is true and not at the expense of others.

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