Politics is an art and a science, according to Merriam-Webster.
Politics is defined as
: activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government
: the work or job of people (such as elected officials) who are part of a government
: the opinions that someone has about what should be done by governments : a person's political thoughts and opinions
To me, politicians are supposed to serve the greater good. What is hoped, by all of us, is that our elected officials will put aside self-interests in favor of a desire to accomplish great things for the country they serve.
The reality unfortunately, falls short of the ideal.
As we Americans watch the political climate heat up, as the next presidential election approaches, I fervently hope that one candidate stands out from the rest as a someone who can unite both right and left, conservative and liberal, Republican and Democrat.
We need a moderate politician who knows that the best way to get things done is by reaching out to people on both sides of an issue and finding the solution, through compromise, that leaves everyone satisfied.
Compromise, it has been told to me, leaves everyone slightly dissatisfied, because no one walks away getting everything they want.
I prefer to think of compromise as something where everyone leaves feeling satisfied that they got some of what they came for and can accept the rest.
In our world today, no one seems to want to compromise at all. Progress can only happen when both sides realize that they must find common ground on many issues.
Let's hope a candidate rises to the top who knows who to do just that.