What a searing catastrophe of a year this has been. At every turn, politicians from both sides of the aisle have been falling all over themselves to act like total schmucks.
I know it's a total cliche to start a piece by listing a definition, but I have a specific word in mind for Republicans and Democrats alike to study before they take up arms in next year's session. That word, my friends, is "compromise".
A "compromise" is an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions. Those last four words there are very important. Both sides have to give a little for the greater good. It's a pretty easy concept that seems totally lost on the morons who sit and pontificate from Capitol Hill.
Nearly all of the complaints you're about to be bombarded with could have been completely avoided if Republicans and Democrats had been willing to give up the tiniest amount of ground in favor of making a deal. Congress has become a battlefield where every issue is treated as black and white, us and them.
The real question is, when did we start keeping score?
This year, the American people finally had several ironclad reasons to call for a course correction in the way our government is run, and yet very little change has been made. It's enough to make a guy lose faith in the whole system.
In fact, about the only positive thing you can say for politics in 2013 is "Thank God, 2014 is an election year."