I have a great fear that 2016 is going to turn into a real mess and the divide is going to grow wider and wider between the two political parties in this land.
There are a whole bunch of reasons why this seems to be likely.
And the other morning I grabbed a bowl of cereal and listened to an interview with one of the candidates.
Trump had decided not to participate in the Republican debate. I believe it was the Today Show where he was captured for the interview.
30 seconds into the interview I only had a single question.
Trump was basically shouting over the question of his interviewer. He was speaking of two things:
How terrific he is.
How much of a loser the other people are.
All through the day I thought about that interview.
Is this the best we can do?
(In full disclosure...none of the candidates has made me say...'that's my favorite').
Now I get the side of the people who are for the Make America Great portion of the argument.
As frightened as I am about the lack of depth of such a statement...
...I understand the complaints.
And certainly all things can not be dismissed.
Fear of the unknown.
Mistrust of that which we do not fully understand.
A pure hatred for a religion that has a billion members, but is completely different.
I hear those complaints.
Vote for either party at your own peril.
But I decided that perhaps I wasn't being fair based on a single interview so I listened to another one...
...and one after that.
I heard the same thing:
"______ is a loser."
A complete lack of depth.
An absolute dismissal of other points of view.
A daring to disagree.
Bully, bully, bully.
"Maybe we're wrong," a trusted friend once said to me.
But I must be completely missing the boat on this one.
I can't believe it has gone this far.
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