Here we go again; the art of redundancy

By Rev. James L. Snyder

This year is an election year. Of course, the purpose of this year is to elect a new
president. Every four years we elect a “new” president and I have participated
in many presidential elections. In all those years of electing a “new” president it
has usually worked out that the new president was remarkably quite like the old

Some political pundits make a great deal between a Republican and a Democrat.
It may be my age, but it seems to me that most Democrats are Republicans in
disguise and most Republicans are Democrats in disguise. If I was backed up
against a wall with a firing squad in front of me and asked to tell the difference
between a Democrat and a Republican, the only thing I could come up with would
be the spelling.

A Republican when elected will always act like a Democrat and a Democrat
when elected will usually act like a Republican. Then they wonder why the voting
public is confused.

What has not changed is the fact that a politician running for office will say
anything to get elected and then once elected will develop an acute sense of
amnesia, which is not that cute.

Whenever I hear politicians say that when they are elected they are going to
change things I know I am either listening to a fool or someone who is trying
to fool me. Hundreds of politicians have run on the platform of changing
Washington DC. Well, how has that been working?

A few things I am glad will not change.

The things that are really important in life are those things that do not change.

For instance, I am glad the sun comes up every morning. Even though every day
is a new day, the same sun starts the day with its rising. The beautiful thing about
this is that we can only live one day at a time. I cannot remember how much time
I have spent worrying about something in the future and when that day came, I
worried in vain.

I am so glad that the rising of the sun is not in the hands of some political
committee somewhere. Wherever two or three politicians are gathered together,
there is gridlock. If a political committee were responsible for the rising of the
sun, it would never rise. The only thing a political committee can do when it
comes to the phenomenon of rising is in the area of taxes and their salaries.

As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow so will our taxes and so will the salaries of

the politicians. Would be great the politician’s salary was tied to the economy? If
the economy was up, the politicians would get a raise. If the economy went down,
the politicians would take a cut in salary.

I am not sure how to do that, but if it ever became law in our country, the
economy of our country would be on the rise for generations to come.

Another redundancy that I am delighted to participate in and that is the mercies
of God. “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his
compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness”
(Lamentations 3: 22-23 KJV).

Although repeated daily, God’s mercies are never redundant.

The Rev. James L. Snyder is pastor of the Family of God Fellowship, PO Box
831313, Ocala, FL 34483. He lives with his wife, Martha, in Silver Springs
Shores. Call him at 352-687-4240 or e-mail The
church web site is

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