Style Over Substance

Jim Voorhies is really knocking it out of the ballpark this weekend. He talks about how election years are really no different that a year of politics these days. And how everyone is being failed.

There are many things we need to discuss – as a people – that is, and it’s not going to be easy any more. In fact, I don’t even know if it is possible any more, because it requires rational discourse. Not agreement, mind you, we’ll never achieve that, but just discussing things and moving on.

Because that is what the founding fathers intended, even more than the right to bear arms, the right to a trial by a jury of our peers, the right to speak out in discontent with the government or any of the rest of the bill of rights. They intended this republic to be based on discussion of the issues, voting on them in a democratic manner, and then more or less moving on to the next issue.

And he’s right. We need a discussion, we need to be able to talk about things without an automatic verbal door being slammed in the faces of people who may have a different point of view. The posturing and the snark right now that has become more prevalent than a real conversation isn’t helping anyone.

Seriously. And the sad thing is that I’m afraid that we aren’t going to return to being smart, just louder.

Everyone loses.

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