In Defense of Politics

In this election year cycle, many are grinding their teeth in anger over the daily barrage of politics. Republicans want to kill the elderly, pollute the air and water and make grandma eat cat food. Democrats, on the other hand, want to make all people slaves to the state by running deficits as far as the eye can see. Maybe Aristotle was on to something when he said…

Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.

Sorry Mr. Aristotle, I must disagree.

What is politics? It comes from the Greek “politikos”, meaning of, for, or relating to citizens. Or, generally applied to the art or science of running governmental affairs.

Some argue that politics is an exercise in compromise. Our founding fathers did not see it that way when they decided to stop compromising and stand on principle. Shortly after the Revolutionary war they did compromise to draft the Constitution. Politics therefore can be flexible in compromise and rigid in principle.

When a family talks over dinner about where to go this year for vacation:POLITICS

When you defend yourself  to a judge over a speeding ticket: NOT POLITICS

When Congress takes to the floor and gives points and counterpoints to an appropriations bill: POLITICS

What politics really is, is the resolution of conflicts of interest  by discussion and debate rather than by force or even fraud.

So I give you exhibit “A”; politics is a very desirable tool in the workshop we call Democracy.

Author: Brent Ebert