On a More Civil Discourse

If you believe the candidates and pundits you know that depending on your political preference that you hate…

Poor people, rich people, working people, unemployed people, taxes, spending, saving, the middle class, minorities, immigrants, Christians, Muslims, Jews, and every other political topic under the sun…

That being said, I have to wonder why all of this hostility exists. As your friend and mine once said, “Can’t we all just get along?” We are a nation in need of reconciliation.
It is time that the bloggers, pundits, candidates, and voters recognized that most people have the sames basic principles. Everyone wants the poor to be taken care of. Everyone wants our nation to be safe. Everyone wants our economy to thrive. So on and so forth…
So again, why all the hostility? If we want the same things how is it that we argue so much? Why is it always characterized as such vast differences between us?

The differences are real. They are vast. But we must recognize that those who disagree with us usually have the same goal. A controversial but simple example is abortion. Everyone values life. The disagreement is whether or not a fetus is a life. No one really thinks murder for convenience is ok or that people shouldn’t have control of their own lives.

Please remember as you listen to your friends, family, relatives and enemies that while they may want to do the exact opposite of what you want to “save the children” (or any other popular political position) they still do really want to save the children. Cut them some slack and kill the personal attacks.