Politics! Politics! Politics! I can’t help but chuckle at the human condition, and our somewhat strident and staunchly held political views. As a society, we run the gamut from the “far left” to the “far right”, with many of us holding some view that is a combination or variation of those philosophies. How many of us are liberal on certain issues, while conservative in others? There are a lot of people that are quite liberal on social issues, yet extremely conservative on religious or fiscal issues. (There are others with the exact opposite view.) In fact, there are so many variations, combinations, permutations, and even “one issue” people, that we will spend our adult lives watching the pendulum swing from left to right. I have devoted my entire life to governmental service, either as a soldier, a prosecutor, a judicial law clerk, or even as a policeman in my college years. My governmental service has also allowed me to see how it works at the local, state, and federal levels. Through all that service, I have watched a lot of different political figures come and go, each placing his own stamp on our lives, yet in the end, we are never that far off from where we started. In other words, politicians engage in the re-invention of the wheel, and despite your feelings for the man/woman in a particular office, don’t worry, it will change. If you have studied history, you know that it is nothing more than a recurring cycle, and that pendulum is never that far from swinging the other way. The best we can do is hope it doesn’t hit us as it goes by! ~ Michael S. Pauley
Michael S. Pauley is a Navy brat and an old soldier who served in all three components of the United States Army. Living in Lexington, South Carolina, Michael is now a practicing attorney and member of the United States Naval Institute and the American Legion, Post 154, Tybee Island, Georgia.