As I sit awaiting the outcome of this Super Tuesday Presidential race I worry about this country’s political future. How did we get to this level of anti-civility and why does the public support it? My last posting was of America’s love of violence and its refusal to acknowledge that it is a problem. The Republican primaries highlight my point, it has been months of insulting in-fighting among candidates, vitriolic attack ads, physical violence erupting at speeches . . . what other than attraction to violence explains the hemorrhage of attention given to a foul-mouthed, egotistical, bigot running for president of our country?
I’m a registered Independent and have given my vote to candidates in both parties, choosing not party but the character of the candidate. I don’t always agree with our presidents, but I respect the office of president. There is nothing about Trump’s candidacy that calls for respect, his tactics and demeanor are that of a dictator: ‘I’m great! Obey me or be crushed!’
If we move a bit from the Trump haranguing we can return to a measure of civility despite differences. The Democratic debates stick to issues and candidates disagree without resorting to personal insults. Among Republicans, only Kasich has conducted an admirable campaign.
I can only hope and pray the general public awakens to listen to “their better angels” before leading the country blindly into disaster.