Don't you hate the political hyperbole? Recently, President Obama said Mitt Romney would take us back to the 1950s. You know, back alley abortions with rusty coat hangers. And Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker and presidential candidate, said President Obama is a direct threat to his grandchildren.
This is the stuff that makes so many people hate politics, politicians and Washington.
The problem is that too many have put too much faith in government for too long and too little faith in God and in themselves to accomplish things on their own with God's help.
When politicians fail to live up to the hype, the public gets cynical, but not cynical enough to replay the game in another for years. Why, despite all the evidence, do so many think an election will cure the real problem? What is the real problem? It's sin and all that goes with it -- greed, entitlement, living off other people's money and so much more. As in medicine, you can't have a cure unless the diagnosis is correct. This election is important, but it won't address our real problem.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: August 10, 2012