I saw a really good commercial on television recently and it was certainly dead on with what it was proclaiming, which is the theme of this week’s column.
The commercial starts out with two politicians at a board meeting who really go after each other in a room full of parents and children.
They are soon calling each other names and yelling loudly about the other’s opinions.
Finally in the audience a small child tells them they need to go to “time out” for their actions.
The commercial ends with the two politicians putting themselves in time out and apologizing for their behavior.
Of course, it is a commercial about civility (courteous behavior) in the political arena.
I actually thought when the commercial started that it was an excerpt of a real meeting and was surprised when I realized it was a commercial.
I’ve been there and have seen my share of meetings in the past that have escalated into yell-fests.
I want to take it a step further and say that especially over the past several years I’ve also seen this type of attitude outside of politics.
It seems that we are living in an era in which there are those who wish to subdue opinions.
I read in a recent Facebook post that those who are conservative have a lower IQ than those who are liberal. There was a study, the comment said, that proved it.
I’ve also seen such things as conservatives in straight jackets and comments that they should be banned from voting.
On the other hand, I’ve seen similar comments saying that liberals are ruining the country and should be banned from voting.
I could write for pages on this subject but the end result, and I’m sure I’ll catch flak from both sides on what I have to say about this, is the lack of respect for others’ opinions.
First, let me say it is a two-way street and a lot of people are getting caught up in “side-taking,” making many remarks like the ones I mentioned earlier.
Our government has problems as does every government in the world.
However, we have political differences that can and are worked out in the voting booth, unlike those countries that work their problems out by killing each other off.
You do not have to agree with me nor do you have to support what I do, but in all fairness you owe me the right to have an opinion, at least in this society.
I take my constitutional rights very seriously, especially the right of free speech, my religious freedom and the right to bear arms.
Those “Bill of Rights” are the rights that separate us from places like Germany prior to World War II and the former Soviet Union, both of which had one-party systems which seems to be where some would like us to be today.
By the way, that worked well for those who controlled the one party, but the 100 million-plus that opposed the regimes didn’t fare too well.
I hope I never see the day in which one party in this country destroys or annihilates the other and we end up as a one party nation.
Like I have said many times before, if you don’t like Fox News or CNBC, then change the channel.
It is opinions that got us here and opinions will carry us forward, that is unless we stop people from having that right, which in my opinion will be the start of the end for us as a nation.