Originally Posted by DutchmanAZ
I guess I find it frustrating when we reason because X party did or reacted to something in a poor way that it somehow justifies when party Y does it now. And the reasoning that because someone wasn't angered in the past and whose opinion now is invalid because they didn't care then (think military spending then (and now for that matter) vs healthcare now (and vise versa).
Personal attacks and downright rude behavior witnessed in the political arena are now somehow the norm and accepted. I think many of us simply blindly follow our respective party line and can recognize no or little good of those who our outside of our party.
We seem to be so distracted from the real issues by this tit for tat stuff. We ourselves don't often behave in a civil manner amongst ourselves during debating issues, and the goal of problem solving gets lost. To me, our elected officials are a direct reflection of us. The similarities between how normal people interact/debate and what's happening on the hill are striking, and in my opinion, rarely constructive.
But what do I know? I'm just normal Joe lunchbox and likely dillusional.
That all sounds right to me.
I give (scratch that TRY to give, and just ask DWKB who can tell you when I fail at this) Joe lunchboxes like myself a little lee-way when debating. We are not professional politicians, and don't debate for a living.
When I debate with my brother or friend there is often a break down with a name being called, etc., etc. It happens. As I said, I try to let it go and stay on the issue.
For the idiots in Washington, there is no excuse. For million reasons why.