When the euphoria of Tommy’s birth had settled down, I began to think about the kind of country my generation is leaving him. His great-grandparents’ generation is known as the “greatest generation,” what will my generation be known as? The “greed generation”? The “selfish generation”? The “intolerant generation”? That concern is what prompted me to write.
For my grandson’s sake (for all of our grandchildren’s sake) We need to stop this ridiculous, hateful, vitriolic rhetoric directed toward our leaders, especially our President who was elected in a virtual landslide.
The problem is a minority of our population didn’t like the outcome of the election and they are bound and determined to subvert everything he was elected to do.
Americans will always have differences of opinion about everything from sports to politics to religion to social issues, that is one thing that has made our country so great, but we need to discuss and debate these issues like intelligent, mature, polite adults, not spoiled brats who didn’t get our way. We need to get back to common decency and civility. I understand that most of the readers of this newspaper are well educated decent people who are as disgusted with the tactics of the extremists as I am, but it is not enough to just be disgusted. Responsible Republicans, old-fashioned conservatives and religious leaders need to step up and actively renounce what is happening. These fanatics, egged on by hate filled rants by radio show entertainers who take extreme positions to boost their ratings, are bringing out the worst in Americans.