Why’ve we got to be so crude?September 2, 2016
When I blog, whether about ethics or angels, I usually try to keep it non-political. Yes, I live near Washington, D.C., where politics are as essential to the atmosphere as oxygen. And yes, I’m an attorney, which means that I follow the fates of various laws and lawmakers with intense interest. But I also believe that the things I write about – ethics, apologies and, yes, angels – transcend politics.
Or at least I did.
This Presidential election process has sunk so low that I can’t stay quiet about it any more. Admittedly, neither of the major party candidates is a saint. But their human fallibility doesn’t justify the vitriol being slathered on them. Naked statues, cartoons in black face, vicious name-calling, even threats of imprisonment and death … it’s frankly disgusting, and uglier than anything I’ve ever seen in the political process before.
I have a distinct preference between the two candidates, and I’m willing to bet you do, too. You might agree with my choice, or you might not. But either way, vilifying them accomplishes nothing good, and distracts from the important and necessary task of picking the most qualified leader. The candidate who emerges victorious from this reeking mudpit of an election will have to lead the nation and represent us before the world. Do we really want our President permanently stained with political muck?
It’s easy to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump based on their stated positions and personal qualifications. There’s no need to demonize them. Please, everyone! Take a breath, calm down a little, and try to elevate the debate out of the gutter.
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