[guest post by Dana]
A decent and reasonable man opens the floodgates:
I have stayed quiet with the approach of the election. But I’m troubled by our politics, as it has moved away from spirited debate to a vile, vituperative, hate-filled morass that is unbecoming of any free nation – let alone the birthplace of modern democracy. The President calls the Democratic Vice-Presidential candidate “a monster;” he repeatedly labels the Speaker of the House “crazy;” he calls for the Justice Department to put the prior president in jail; he attacks the governor of Michigan on the very day a plot is discovered to kidnap her. Democrats launch blistering attacks of their own – though their presidential nominee refuses to stoop as low as others. Pelosi tears up the President’s State of the Union speech on national television. Keith Olbermann calls the president a “terrorist”. Media on the left and right amplify all of it.
The rabid attacks kindle the conspiracy mongers and the haters who take the small and predictable step from intemperate word to dangerous action. The world is watching America with abject horror; more consequentially, our children are watching. Many Americans are frightened for our country – so divided, so angry, so mean, so violent.
It is time to lower the heat. Leaders must tone it down. Leaders from the top and leaders from all stripes. Parents, bosses, reporters columnists, professors, union chiefs, everyone. The consequence of the crescendo of anger leads to a very bad place. No sane person can want that.
While I agree with the points he makes, here’s the problem: elected officials mentioned by name (and those not named, but who deserve to be included in the ‘behaving badly’ group) were put into office by the American people. If this isn’t a cautionary tale to thoughtfully pause before checking off the ballot boxes, I don’t know what is.
Me, I’m just biting my lip: On one hand, November 3 can’t come fast enough. On the other hand, what fresh hell will that bring?
[Ed. I’m not sure why Keith Olbermann was included in this rant, because who is he that Romney (or any of us) should care what he says? This especially as he is not an elected official. He can shoot his mouth off any time that he wants, as much as he wants, and make as many stupid comments as he wants. And I’m glad he has the right to do so.]