political debates

what’ll i do without my politic
for what is partisan but an inclination for
and an impediment to clearly seeing
both sides of any disagreement
when partisan turns to stone
ugly wars happen like
spinning only digs the well deeper

it need not be so hard to accept
one’s own mistaken belief
spinning – like flip-flops like
one is not trustworthy if they change their mind
in the face of a better idea?
it is the face of unfounded fear
that would turn the US Constitution into stone
like a religion that turns their founders into stone

but we can dream
of political debates that addresses our greatest concerns
like requiring candidates to accept only public financing
instead of lip service to this ideal
which would free all candidates from prostituting themselves
i.e. willing to do whatever it takes to be number one
including ceding presidential and congressional powers
to the largest dollar donors