Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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Why is it that even today, a day after we marked the eighth anniversary of the events of 9-11-01, that we cannot disagree with each other on anything remotely related to politics in a respectful, mature way?

I have said many times, and I will say it again- I consider myself to be a moderate, independent voter. Neither of the political parties in the US is right all the time OR wrong all the time and I truly believe that most calm, rational adults would agree with that statement.

Unfortunately, we have become a nation of people who are less and less able to discuss the issues of the day in a calm, rational manner. It saddens me to see and hear the rants that are all around me. Regardless of whether or not I agree with your point of view if you present it to me in a negative, bullying or disrespectful way you will not get my support.

This also applies to conversations about President Obama. Like it or not, he is our President and he deserves a certain degree of respect just as all his predecessors- including George W Bush- deserve for being the freely elected leader of the United States of America. Can you disagree with them? Of course- everyone does from time to time and we do live in a free society that allows us to say so publicly. However, can we please learn how to do so without resorting to schoolyard insults or gross overgeneralizations? It just makes everyone look foolish.

I am proud to be an American and I always will be. But I am not too proud of some of my fellow Americans right now.

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