Political Obsession: Is That Really What Our Founders Had in Mind?

Written by Judy Rice on September 2, 2017

Remember not too long ago when the topics of politics and religion were taboo for the average everyday conversation? Is it just me or does it seem like all we want talk about is politics these days?

It seems like obsessing about politics and/or categorizing people into “groups” is the norm now. Making “generalities” without really looking at individuals and being objective from one situation to the next is ruining us. I know we all want to just blame the media, but I think it’s us too.

Things are getting uglier by the seconds. Everything is being politicized, including our personal relationships! This is truly sad and hard to watch! We seem to have all fallen into feeling like we are victims of politics. The subject of politics and government has completely overtaken us.

I wrote in the past the we have to start talking about taboo topics, but it seems now that we simply forgot how to have an honest disagreement or discussion without ripping each other to shreds! How immature we have become. We can’t respectfully disagree anymore. Where’s the balance and humility?

It seems like divisiveness is increasing and unity is nowhere in sight. I think it is safe to say that the world seems to be spinning in utter chaos. Almost like we have officially lost our minds… “We the People” seem to be officially obsessed with people! We blame others if things don’t go our way.

Where did we ever get the idea that any one person or groups of a certain “kind” of persons are qualified to solve anything apart from God? Politics almost seems like it is the new religion. I see a whole lot of “people worship going on”. It seems to me that people in office are now affecting the way we act and treat one another instead of the other way around.

America’s founders believed that government should remain small and be controlled by “We the People”. Now the people in higher office have so much control over the people that most barely even notice or realize how horribly divisive and awful to each other we have become. In our attempts to become a “politically correct” nation, we have become “over-the-top political”! Are we now “government worshippers”? Are we actually dividing ourselves based on who we voted for? Sure seems that way to me.

In order to solve our problems, we actually do need to talk to each other and try to create unity among the people, but we have been quiet for so long. Everyone was just hanging out in their little cliques and “bubbles” with all their friends that think just like them. How do we learn anything new like this?

The saddest part of all this is that I truly believe that most American’s want the same things for themselves and their children. We simply forgot that change begins with us. It’s very personal. Not really all that complicated if we dare to remember and implement the principles and fundamentals this country truly was founded on. It might even help if we dare to look back and learn them!

The is stuff is all spelled out for us by our founders and not very long ago was considered “common knowledge” by the majority. Now we somehow “know better” but then why are things not “getting better”? Can we talk about something besides politics and people in office? Can we try to simply focus on human beings and on being decent humans again?

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Judy Rice is the proud mother of teenage triplets, Jillian, Spencer and Derek and wife to Gary, one of the most loving, hardworking, honorable men in the world. She is a Christian who is a huge fan of traditional marriage, freedom, and is pro- life to the core. She has a Masters in Counseling from DePaul University in Chicago and a Bachelors degree in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Before kids, she worked as a counselor, advisor and teacher at the university level. She clarified her world view in her thirties and believes her most valuable education continues to come from reading the Bible, reading in general, listening, paying attention and participating in meaningful communication wherever it occurs.