Allow me to get a bit political for a moment.
I receive a daily political cartoon via e-mail from Slate.com (sidebar: I did a project on political cartoons in high school and have been interested in them ever since). Yesterday’s cartoon upset me for some reason:
Now, I am most definitely NOT a fan of Dick Cheney or his politics, but the woman’s response to him irks me because this is exactly what is the problem with politics in America. People on both sides of the fence have no desire to hear the other’s viewpoint; and while certainly you can’t agree with everyone on everything, I think it’s also impossible to disagree with everyone on everything, and that is what is happening, if only in principle.
Last week when I was back “home” in Canada, the Leader of the Official Opposition, Jack Layton, passed away after a battle with cancer. He was mourned by the entire country, regardless of political leaning, and was given a state funeral. Many people disagreed with his politics, but they all respected him. Perhaps I’m too idealistic, but I feel that is what is lacking in US politics these days; I certainly don’t think a Democrat would honor a Republican in this manner, and vice versa — at least not in public.
And to show I’m not a complete hypocrite: While I had no intentions of reading Cheney’s memoir, In My Time, after seeing this cartoon I went to my library’s website and put a reserve on the book. I don’t know when it will be available to me, but I’ll keep you posted.
*getting off my soapbox now*