Good day my friends. I am sure you are all tired by now of the rhetoric we hear on a daily basis from politicians of all stripes and of course the countless talking heads and pundits visible daily on all media. I too listen intently and by so doing , I realize that most of the verbiage is sheer platitudes and in my opinion, not very thoughtful commentary. I also detect an exceptionally heavy dose of intellectual dishonesty.
This I find most unfortunate as I see my fellow citizens in many cases swallowing verbatim what they have been spoon fed. As I peruse the various cable networks its as if I am listening to automatons. The talking points seem to be issued and the clueless spout same in to the evening hours ad nauseum. Personally I am insulted by this trash. Actually it is somewhat frightening as the country continues in the dumbing down process. As a major advocate of critical thinking, it brings tears to my eye’s ( for those who know me well , not likely real tears ) at a lack of thought process by these ” true believers “. Please take nothing at face value. Ever. Especially from a paid mouth piece. Or pol.
I prefer to see the best in all and pity the unfortunate who can only follow, whatever the reason for this might be might be. Blind party loyalties are also a sad infection on the body politic that must be cured for us to progress as we can. It is also troublesome to me to see the President or any politician for that matter ( Mr. Reagan excluded if you ask me ) give a speech and have the sycophants blindly cheering, regardless of the pitiful, unremarkable, and undereducated statements put forth. And in most cases with no documentation to substantiate what they have just read to the crowd. Beyond condescending.
We must demand a better political class. I for one am sickened by the current status and prefer we turn away from Washington and get to the business of this still great nation.
With all the division and outright hatred, it is not a stretch to say we need a miracle worker. The venom is indeed from the swamp and overflows.
My suggestion for all is to first trust no politician. I think this is a reasonable start. Let us try and see where we get. Best.
Article first published as <a href=’http://technorati.com/politics/article/what-happened-to-a-call-for/’>What Happened To A Call For Civility? Anyone Listening?</a> on Technorati.