Discuss MGySgt Edward S. Renner USMC's answer to: What constitutes POLITICS ?

The word, Politics, is derived from the word, "Polite."  It means, "the will of the whole people."

Ideally, we choose leaders by lawful means, give them a job to do managing issues that they are competent to manage, and that leaves us the freedom to manage our own lives within the reasonable constraints of enacted statute.

We have law as the minimum standard of moral conduct that is acceptable in a free society.  Go below that and face a measured correction. 

In military law (Manual for Courts Martial) it can be a good old fashioned military ass chewing, fine, imprisonment, punitive discharge, or if appropriate, the death penalty.  Civilian law is less fair and more full of loop holes but it still accomplishes the intents of justice.

Reigion is yet another moral code, but is entirely humane and remedial whereas the law has teeth. 

In a polite society, no one offends anyone else.  In case you have missed it, human beings can be decidedly impolite.

Lois Lerner, head of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax-exempt organizations office, said at a hearing into the IRS's targeting of conservative groups on Wednesday, May 22 that she has done nothing wrong but declined to answer lawmakers' questions, invoked her constitutional right against self-incrimination. (Video: AP) So it always has been with the Democrat political machine.
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