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December 30, 2013

Column: Resolutions for all of us

WASHINGTON — No, sir. This is not going to be a column about New Year’s resolutions for Congress. We all know that the paper they would be written on, or the digital energy, would be wasted.

This is about resolutions for the rest of us, we the people, regarding our civic duties.

This is going to be an important election year. (This, of course, implies that some elections are not important, a thought you will never hear on Fox News or MSNBC.) In November, all the members of the House and one-third of the Senate must stand for re-election. That could determine many of the issues we have been debating for years.

We should resolve not to throw all the bums out. We need some for institutional memory and parliamentary know-how. Otherwise, smart-alecky staffs would run everything.

But we should consider unelecting those who thwart the will of the majority and those who hate government and seek to undermine it and worry about the president’s birth certificate. Let them become stockbrokers or motivational speakers.

We should try to resist pouring vituperation on Obamacare until it is implemented and we find out if it works. It is exhausting having to hate something so intensely all the time. Imagine if Republicans had another issue to get all hot and bothered about! Just think of 40 consecutive votes on climate change!

We really should not start the 2016 presidential election until 2015 at the earliest. Perhaps it would be refreshing to refrain from focusing laser-like attention on Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for a few months. Otherwise, we will lapse into terminal boredom, although it is fascinating to watch Clinton’s ever-changing hairstyles and listen to Christie’s wisecracks.

This is a long shot, but think how different our lives would be if we didn’t have to get so upset about politics every day that we have to take anti-nausea medicine and avoid certain people who think differently (wrongly) from us. Wow! Imagine a country in which we could have civil discourse about such issues as immigration and the environment and taxes. Well, maybe not taxes.

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