COMMENTARY: The Divisive Debate is Killing America

There was a time—in this very galaxy, and not so long, long ago—when Americans of differing political views could actually engage in rational discussion and yes, even debate the candidates and issues.  When did that end?

How many dinner parties, backyard barbecues or gatherings over cocktails wind up in angry exchanges when an attempt is made to express differing views?  Intelligent discourse has given way to name calling and personal attacks, never more so than in this presidential campaign.

  If you don’t like Trump it’s because he is a racist, a fascist, a buffoon.  If you oppose Clinton it’s because she’s a crook, a liar, a cheat.

All of which may or may not ring true, depending on your point of view, but that’s not the real issue.

To paraphrase the inspiring speech by Michael Douglas’s character at the end of The American President, these are serious times, we…



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