Everyone needs to cool down the political rhetoric

I checked my Facebook tonight, same as I usually do, and tried to find some updates among friends and family.

You know, family trips, relationship status updates, how folks’ lives are going. And tonight, like every night, the political cartoons and statements were absolutely out of control.

Since I have both liberal and conservative friends, I see it all. And most of it makes me sick.

Most of you should be ashamed of yourself.

All I ever hear is how Congress is broken, should work together, should stop acting like a bunch of children.

People! Are you stupid?! Look at your own Facebook pages and tell me who’s acting like children.

We must regain respect for the office of the Presidency.

The reality is we’re either going to have Obama or Romney for President in November. And for all those on the left screaming that Romney is some tax evading guy with something hidden, who doesn’t care about poor people, can you stop for a second and think about how mad you get when people disrespect President Obama?

And for those on the right who are calling Obama every name in the book and who are literally posting about an insurrection or rebellion if Obama wins in November, think about what you’re saying. Most of you are pretty intelligent, but what of those who aren’t quite as sharp as you. Who might take what you’re posting literally? And can you not remember how angry you got when people on the left called Bush stupid and said Dick Cheney was really in charge?

Everyone needs to tone down the rhetoric and work to try to pull our country together. We must unite and come to some agreement on the major issues that will bankrupt us in the next couple of decades if we don’t start working together.

Throwing out bombastic rhetoric and demonizing the opposition has to stop before this can ever occur.

Stop justifying your behavior by saying, “The other side did it.”

Exactly what Christian principle does that follow?

I fought to protect this great nation of ours and millions of others gave more than I did — many, their lives.

Do you think they’d be proud to see how we’re behaving right now? (Both as a country, and as a people?)

So, please. Tone it down. We live in a great, great country and we have so much to be thankful for.

Please, for the good of our country, let’s be the change we need, starting right now. On your very own Facebook page.

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. Please accept the greatest gift I can give.

P.P.S. Thanks to all who continue to make my novel Little Man, and the Dixon County War a huge success! It’s gone as high as No. 16 on the Amazon UK Paid List (see here and here), landing smack dab between a Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey book. Learn more about it here.

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