I can honestly say that I HATE to listen to the national news anymore . . . it is too depressing. Terrorism, random shootings, groups demanding certain rights, arguments about global warming, rogue nations threatening other countries, attacks on people based on their race or beliefs . . . and on and on . . . but the WORST part of the national news is politics. When the politicians appear on the screen, no matter whether they are Democrat, Republican, or Independent . . . I turn the TV off.
Will Rogers, a comedian, actor, and much-loved social commentator from many years ago, had the following quotes concerning national politics . . .
"Common sense is not an issue in politics; it's an affliction. Neither is honesty an issue. It's a miracle. Politics and self-preservation must come first, never mind the majority of the people. A legislator's thoughts are naturally on his next term more than on his country."
"Another trouble with politics, it breeds politics. So that makes it pretty hard to stamp out. We got to get birth control for politicians."
"You know the platform will always be the same, promise everything, deliver nothing."
"Politics has got so expensive that it takes a lot of money to even get beat nowadays."
"Politicians are doing the best they can according to the dictates of no conscience."
"Congress is inherently comical. Somebody gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens. And then everybody disagrees."
"A politician is just like a spoiled kid. If he feels his stick of candy is not the longest, why, he will let out a yap that will drown out the neighborhood."
"They are the professional joke makers. Compared to them, I'm an amateur. My jokes don't hurt anyone. You can take 'em or leave 'em. They don't do any harm. But Congress, every time they make a joke, it's a law. And every time they make a law, it's a joke. But our Congress is still the best in the world. In fact, we have the best Congress that money can buy!"
If the Democrats and Republicans ever quit arguing and actually start working together for the good of our country, someone please call me and let me know. Otherwise the TV stays off. I think Robert Fulghum said it best in his book "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten." Politicians take note . . . "Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own messes. And it is still true, no matter how old you are--when you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together . . . share everything . . . play fair . . . don't hit people . . . say you're sorry when you hurt someone . . ."
If you listen to our national politicians today, you can become pretty discouraged. You might as well laugh at all the shenanigans, or you'd be crying. Our political leaders need to have some milk and cookies, take a nap . . . then start over again and act like responsible adults . . . and work together for us and our great country . . . and oh, yes . . . How about TERM LIMITS? I think four years is enough for any politician!

John "Butch" Dale is a retired teacher and County Sheriff. He has also been the librarian at Darlington the past 30 years, and is a well-known artist and author of local history.