I intend not to weigh in on this year’s elections on this blog. At least not in a partisan way.
In this particular way, I may weigh in several times before and after the election.
I would like to join the call for civility.
I heard this the other night on some television show or another. It was a drama, so, yes, “any similarity between this show and actual events is purely coincidental.” Whatever. You know as well as I do that truth comes as well from fiction as non-fiction.
Anyway, I share this brief bit of dialog:
“You just did what you thought was right.”
“So did Josef Stalin.”
Most all of us (I think) would agree that much of what Stalin did was NOT right.
Can we all agree that in Stalin’s mind, though, it was right?
I ask this because it really seems to be that today, in American Politics, there is a lot of unwillingness to give the other side, whichever side that may be, the benefit of the doubt about motivation.
Such as anything that follows the statement “what [insert political opponents name here] really wants is to (pick one): a.destroy our country; b. ruin the economy; c. hurt [insert an interest group] by heaping favor upon [insert other interest group]; or d. [other malicious threats].”
I am not going to refuse to vote for anyone who makes such claims as there would be no one left for whom to vote.
Can we at least give those with whom we disagree the benefit of the doubt?
I will, though, invite everyone to join me in this: I will do my best not to question the motivation of those with whom I disagree. I do, in fact, believe, that each American politician really believes that his/her intent is, by his/her own understanding, in the best interest of the nation.
Are you with me?