"In any event, here we are. Our national discourse? It is way off course. What to do about it? How about practicing the 'Golden Rule' for example?"
Well, look here! Joe Scarborough and his bride to be Mika, have done what most lefty journalists aspire to do. Instead of reporting the news, they are creating the news. After spending the past six months or so, calling the President just about every name in the book, the President hit back. And this hit was a real "ouch" to Mika. Seems he said when they were self invited guests down in Mar-a-Lago, Mika was having some "bleeding in her face" from a recent face lift. Then the ship hit the sand. Way out of bounds, many have said.
What do I think of what happened? First off, I think the once respected Joe Scarborough has sold out to become part of the clown show known as MSNBC. Both Joe and Mika have said some pretty vile things about our President. Some folks like the fact our President is a counter-puncher, others wish he would not telegraph his moves. I personally like the approach of Vito (Don) Corleone in the Godfather series - "Never let them know what you are thinking."
Going a bit deeper in this thought, let's look at our national discourse in total right now. Nothing seems to be off limits. I am actually surprised that "Your mother wears army boots!" has not been used. And the language used at many of the town halls is beyond the pale. Since when does it become common to use an uncommon word like the "F Bomb" when addressing a public official? When addressing anyone?
Our national discourse is a disgrace. It really is. I have told this story before. When George Bush was our 43rd President, my oldest daughter was able to get me us tickets to hear him speak in St. Paul. Once the event was over, as we were walking outside, there were dozens of "flea infested misfits", wearing black t-shirts, with the words "F**k Bush!" on them. Plus they were chanting the same. I was embarrassed for them. I was embarrassed for their parents. Our state. And our nation.
This "sudden" diminution in our discourse is not really that sudden. It has been brewing for a while now. How long? I think part of it started during the Clinton Administration with Clinton's dalliances and how the Left tried to gloss over them. Then it got worse, much worse, during the event now known as the 2000 election. Or to use another term, the "hanging chad" election.
I know, I know. People on the Left will say our lousy discourse happens on both sides of the spectrum. People on the Right will say maybe so, but they are certainly not equal. I agree with that. As a normal course of events, the Left seems to be much more coarse than the Right. However, for the first time now, we have a President who is a street fighter. And to some degree, a "potty talker". And the Left has a hard time dealing with that.
In any event, here we are. Our national discourse? It is way off course. What to do about it? How about practicing the "Golden Rule" for example? I am sure some of us remember what that says. And those to profess to be in the faith, remember the Greatest Commandment. Love for each other may not be able to conquer all, but it will sure help in our discourse.