The political rhetoric, even on the local level, seems to be getting more and more disrespectful.
Sure, much of the time, at least half of us will disagree with the president of the United States simply because he is from one party or the other. But usually, on the state, the federal and the local level, there is, at the very least, a respect given to the office of the president of the United States.
Not so this year. It is an election year and the political rhetoric is out in full force, but the vitriol of that rhetoric continues to reach new levels, even on the local level.
I realize that some used derogatory nicknames for former President Bush, I always edited them for this newspaper out of respect for the position the man held. And there was some name calling when Clinton was president, but nothing like the vitriol that is going around, especially on the internet these days.
If one is called a “liar” just about every member of Congress and every presidential candidate, including Mitt Romney, has to be honestly referred to as a liar.
The reason? Because they use half truths or partial truths to make their own argument better. That’s just the way it is. We should be able to participate in political discourse without stooping to new lows in disrespect.
Tim Douglass is the publisher of the Pope County tribune in Glenwood. He was the publisher of the Advocate Tribune form 1992 until 20004.