Well, we have over 13 months until the presidential race is concluded. Seems like we've been in this for about 13 months now too. Sheesh.
I'd like, once again, to beg everyone and anyone and all the other ones who will listen that we raise the level of political rhetoric in the conversations, debates, and commercials to something other than gutter level. And it's terrible on both sides of the aisle.
Witness the last two Republican debates where a homosexual soldier was booed and another idiot from the crowd thought we should, "Let 'em die!" Wow.
Democrats do the same thing. Numerous examples could follow but I'll refrain.
Raising the level of rhetoric in the public square...
1. Helps focus on issues and actually think through them.
2. Holds in high regard the citizenry of this country and the sense of citizenship of the candidates.
3. Keeps civility in the public eye.
4. Demonstrates true tolerance.
5. Sets us up for working together afterward because of the goodwill exhibited and the understanding of the other person's position.
6. Trains another generation of debaters, politicians, and voters.
7. Reflects the true political freedoms we have under the constitution and for which the framers and founders fought so hard and sacrificed so much.
I don't know how to make the politicians of our day do this. But I sure wish they would.
But that's just me thinking thoughts...