Posted 12 September 2012 - 10:18 AM
There was a time in this country when the office of the President of the United States was accorded its due respect and decorum, regardless of your politics and personal feelings. You know the old saying, "You don't have to respect the man, but you must respect the office."
During my 20 years in the Navy I served under Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. While I didn't agree with the politics of some of them and flat out didn't like others, I was sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and, in doing so, I carried out my orders without predjudice or preference.
I'm hoping that someday our country's challenges and the differing ideas to overcome those challenges become the primary and overwhelming prerequisite for the Presidential candidates. Over the last 3-4 elections, the attacks on the opposing points of view have become violent, ugly, personal and have drawn a huge line between the political idealogies of the citizens of this country. We no longer discuss the issues among ourselves and most people have little idea what the issues really are because the lies that both parties propagate run rampant and no one is held accountable for them.
There are people on this board who support the candidate of their choice, which is their prerogative, and have no idea what that candidate stands for. Both sides of the aisle- I'm not picking favorites here. There are people here who have no idea what the facts are behind some of the challenges facing our country right now. That may bother me more than anything...but who are we to blame for that when we don't have a reliable source of information that is totally unbiased?
As for me..... I'm going back to my small part of the world I have control over and will cease to espouse my personal political views. I'm going back to my parents taught me- dinner conversations over politics, religion and business never end up with dessert.