I miss the old America. You know — the one where we could vote for the best candidate, regardless of party, for the good of the country. With the tribalism so strong these days, it is impossible to even discuss politics with friends or family unless you are parroting the same political views. It doesn’t really matter which party you feel is responsible; the outcome is that, right or wrong, we all have our opinions, and if you are with those who feel differently, you cannot bring up politics without more than heated debates.
Pertaining to the Kavanaugh confirmation process — surely we can all agree it was sickening to witness. Two families threatened and Justice Kavanaugh’s reputation smeared forever. A reporter from USA Today went so far as to say he should no longer coach his daughter’s youth basketball team. So yeah — I am outraged. I feel for any woman who has suffered sexual abuse, but I also feel for any man accused unjustly with no evidence. We are expected to now assume guilt and those accused must prove their innocence. How upside down is this?!
A quote rings true for me: “There is no magic fix to making our political culture more civil. But the best way to reverse the trend is to give government less control over our lives. If we refuse to recognize this and don’t take steps to fix it, don’t expect the political debate to get more civil anytime soon.” — John R. Lott Jr.
So I have a sign in my yard saying, “save America, vote Republican.” That is where I am at. I left the Democratic Party after 40 years and will pray Kavanaugh is confirmed and the old America returns.