Important note…this is NOT an endorsement of any candidate, simply a reflection on the climate for dialogue within a nation that is deeply divided and polarized.
One of the things I really dislike about election years is the vitriol that is usually spewed forth in an attempt to get people to vote for particular candidates. This year is no exception; but must it be that the voting public will always reward the candidate whose campaign launches the most mean-spirited attacks? We shall see… This excerpt from an article in “America” voices part of what bothered me as I tried to listen to speeches at the RNC:
Unfortunately, “Sarah Barracuda” failed to show the same courtesy, humility and nonpartisan respect that has characterized the Obama campaign. Whereas Barack Obama has disagreed with John McCain solely on policy issues without casting aspersions on his character and has refused to declare open season on Bristol Palin, her pregnancy and the rest of the Palin family, Sarah Palin did not hesitate to mock Obama’s role as a community organizer…
….As I watched the sea of faces light up mostly at Palin’s insults and rarely at her plans for the future, I wondered what the opposing camp would have to say.
This afternoon, Obama responded to Palin’s jabs: “I’ve been called worse on the basketball court.” When pressed about Palin’s record, he told reporters: “I’ll let Gov. Palin talk about her experience. I’ll talk about mine.”
By the way, I’d like to note that in many ways, Jesus was a community organizer, and we all know that Pontius Pilate was the Governor. (credit for this quip belongs to someone else)