My gosh has our country gone off the rails.
This political go around has brought out the worst in people. In fact, the people we are supposed to admire, respect and look up to are some of the most uncivil people of this era. Insulting and incendiary, politicians are ruining civil society. They are vilifying political opponents with vile character assassination, insult, insinuation, accusation and denigration. Both sides are guilty of this.
The founding fathers would be spinning in their graves with the lies, maliciousness, cheating and corruption. They might be wondering why they even wrote a Constitution!
Having watched a lot of historical films on our countries beginnings, if historically correct, our forefathers were pretty ardent debaters, favoring one side or the other with feverish, intellectual passion. I suppose they were not immune to name calling either. But, it was always portrayed on the History Channel in a more gentlemanly manner. You can see the founders here in Philadelphia at Constitution Center.
Even one war was called the Civil War, a particularly rancorous time in our history. Now we live in a time of legislative gridlock, political polarization and pervasive cynicism about our government.
Regardless of our political affiliation, politicians are tearing down the principles for what our country stands, both parties civilly ripping us as a nation apart. The rhetoric has been damaging. I cannot support either side the way this election is going.
You can’t get away from the rancor of politics on Facebook either. Friends battle with words they would never say face to face. I am so glad to be traveling during this particularly ill-natured period of reelection.
The conversations on Facebook have really made some people far less than friendly. I am waiting to see if some gardening friends mow down each others’ flowers it is getting so vicious. I refuse to participate in their discussions and have blocked some articles. I wish I was abroad in November!
If we were back in 1804, they might have settled their differences with a duel, like Vice President Aaron Burr did, fatally shooting his political antagonist, Alexander Hamilton.
Button Gwinnett, who was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence, challenged political opponent, Lachlan McIntosh to a duel in 1777. Gwinnett died three days later.
Andrew Jackson dueled Charles Dickinson on May 30, 1806. Jackson won the duel. Wounded, Jackson was the only president to kill another in a duel.
Can you imagine if we still had duels? Would your money be on Hillary or Donald? Maybe a duel is just what we need!
No need to get political here, just my observations and thoughts on the way this country is headed. I hope it is not too late to right the upturned boat.