The presidential debate took center stage tonight. There was nothing said that anyone who has been listening to the Democratic and Republican candidates for the last year couldn’t have quoted from a primary speech. They both just vomited up the same old puke. To quote Billy Madison, “What you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it…God have mercy on your soul.”
The fact that a quote from one of the dumbest movies ever made accurately describes our presidential debate is a sign of the times. Very soon I’ll be whipping out Idocracy quotes. This is a sad day for America. It’s too bad there aren’t any other candidates from other parties that might change the tone and raise the level of the conversation to more than each candidate calling the other a liar.
We lack for leadership in our potential candidates for President, but we didn’t lack for leadership and a well thought out protest at the Falcons / Saints football game. They acted in unity, respected the National Anthem, and protesting the despicable acts that are happening all to frequently. Bravo to these two teams for making a statement. May their example spread to all the communities in these United States and that we can start to show each other the common curtesy and respect each of us should be afforded.
Curtesy and respect is a double edged sword. It’s not just about the receiving, it’s also about the giving. If you want to be shown curtesy and respect then show it to others. I’m not singling anyone out. Citizens and officers alike are guilty of not doing it. I’m sure some of these instances could have been avoided with civil conversation from both sides, though I feel the person with all the authority in the situation bares a larger share of the that responsibility. In some cases both were shown by the citizen and it didn’t help at all. Still curtesy and respect has to be the first move.
Bottom line is someone needs to take the first step to de-escalate what is going on in our country. It’s not going to come from the government and it’s not going to come from the media (matter-of-fact, turn that crap off, they profit from all the escalating turmoil). It’s has to come from us, just like every significant change that has ever happened. The politicians follow our lead more often than not on social issues, it’s the only thing they can do to get our votes.