Only a hermit could be unaware of what is going on right now in the realm of presidential politics. Now might be a good time to be one, a hermit that is. I think hermits have gotten a negative reputation, undeservedly so, considering that Webster’s defines a “hermit” as, “One who retires from society and lives in solitude, especially for religious reasons.” Staying up with the political proceedings as reported by all of our news media is enough to make me want to retire from society for religious reasons. I for one feel completely disenfranchised by all the name calling and finger pointing. Staying abreast of the charges and counter charges that all of the candidates are hurling at one another could cause one to loose his religion. The so called debates have become nothing more than brawls without the violence of physical assault. I don’t know about you but I am sick and tired of all the unpleasantness that permeates the whole political scene. As bad as it is right now, just think about how bad it could become as we approach the national conventions of the two major political parties. If things worsen by just a minor degree the security details of the different candidates will be needed to protect them from each other. What ever happened to, “If you can’t say something good about someone don’t say anything at all?” I remember someone saying, “There isn’t a dimes worth of difference between the Republicans and the Democrats,” and I am ready to agree with that statement if for different reasons than those originally implied. Let’s start a new party called the “Golden Rule Party.” The main plank of the GRP will be, “Whatever you would that men should do to you, do that unto them.” Every political party should adopt the rule that “any candidate who participates in or permits negative attacks against his or her opponents will be disallowed and disqualified as a candidate, and candidates will only be allowed to speak to their own beliefs and the policies they will pursue if they are elected.” Until then, Love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself and I’ll see you at the polls, excuse me, at Church.