On Election Day last November, 48% of voters cast their ballots against Barack Obama. With his approval rating now somewhere in the 70’s, it shows that a lot of Republicans are willing to give him a chance. There should be a flip-side to this. How about Democrats giving Republicans a measure of civility in return.
Democrats should stop calling Republicans war mongers and terrorists because we want a strong defense and aggressive action against those who would destroy us. Democrats should stop calling Republicans racists if we oppose quotas. Democrats should stop calling Republicans homophobic if we oppose same sex marriage and gays in the military or misogynist if we oppose women in combat. Democrats should stop accusing Republicans of destroying the planet if we have a different view of global warming. In short, Democrats should stop saying that Republicans are evil because we don’t see eye to eye on certain issues, and calling us haters when we merely disagree.
The Democrats should do what President Obama suggested in his Inaugural address and set aside childish things. A continued demonization of a party over political differences, when we are all Americans, would be childish. President Obama spoke of the open hand and the clenched fist. His approval rating shows that Republicans have reached out an open hand to him. It would be refreshing, and much better for the country, if Democrats unclenched their fist.
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