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The Game of Politics

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Submitted by Ronald Lyster (United States), Mar 5, 2003 at 11:22

Politics - including (and especially) world politics - is a game. Unlike most games, you have no choice of whether to play or not to play and sometimes you won't like the game that is being played. Tough! You must play it or you die. Sorry. You do have a choice. You can struggle and strive to win the game, or you can check into hospice and wait for the inevitable in comfort and in peace.

The game here is somewhat like a game of poker or "chicken" or perhaps a prize fight or a ball game. I think our president knows this. You can bluff; you can fake right and go left. The spectators often have no more idea of what you are really going to do than your opponent does. The cards will show themselves soon enough. Have patience and confidence in our leadership. Wringing your hands or protesting can have no positive result and could make it more difficult for our team to concentrate on what needs to be done.
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