I Second That.

I totally agree with this statement from my brother's blog regarding last nights address from the President and, more specifically, the rowdiness that took place during and after.

It’s very difficult—as proven by the Republican grumbling and outbursts last night—to talk reasonably about anything political. Everyone thinks the other side is malevolent.

It's so true - it's almost impossible to have a reasonable conversation with anyone about stuff like this. Obama said last night:

But what we have also seen in these last months is the same partisan spectacle that only hardens the disdain many Americans have toward their own government. Instead of honest debate, we have seen scare tactics. Some have dug into unyielding ideological camps that offer no hope of compromise. Too many have used this as an opportunity to score short-term political points, even if it robs the country of our opportunity to solve a long-term challenge. And out of this blizzard of charges and counter-charges, confusion has reigned.

Confusion has reigned. It's true.  What's unsettling to me is that the scare tactics and charges and counter-charges have worked. They were intended to confuse and they have done just that.

I saw a commercial the other day that said there were old people dying in moldy hospital beds in England and that is what Obama wants to happen here.

What?

It completely blows my mind that it is possible to just make a commercial like that and show it on TV. What's worse is that there are people reading this blog right now who actually believe it.

They actually, seriously, really do believe it.

Why are we even talking about this? Why are we wasting our money on commercials that are complete nonsense? I would expect the Republicans to have more important issues to push than accusing the President of wanting to kill old people.

People are literally standing up in town hall meetings and holding up "copies" of Mr. Obama's birth certificate showing he was born in Kenya and then erupting with the crowd into a spontaneous recitation of the pledge of allegiance.

What are we doing here?

This recent string of nonsense from the other side reminds me of two things:

1. When two kids are fighting on a playground about something legitimate, like who gets to play with the kickball, and one kid is making a really convincing argument about why its his turn to play with it and the other kid gets so mad that he can't think of anything rational to say and so he just yells "I HATE YOU!" and runs away screaming.

It makes no sense.

2. When people start to talk about the unusual names that people give their kids and one guy says "I went to high school with twins named Orangejello and Lemonjello." And then someone else says they did too and then someone says their cousin knows them and has copies of their driver's licenses at home for proof. The problem with this is that these names must be more common that we thought because everybody seems to know them. But you'll never get anyone to admit that he or she didn't actually ever meet them and that they just heard it from someone else because once you state an outrageous claim like that, you've got to hold on to it forever no matter what proof anyone ever shows you. In fact, just like before, I'm sure there are people reading this blog right now who will still hold on to their assertion that they know the "Jello Twins" personally.

It's just an insane claim that no one ever has any backup for. Let me see your yearbook from school - oh, they weren't there on picture day, huh? Got it.

So. To conclude my thoughts, let's take the debate up a notch.

I have no problem with civil discussion and disagreement, but can we please stop calling each other fat, flat, and ugly? It's just a little immature, don't you think?