I understand that many people dislike Sarah Palin’s policies and believe that she is unprepared for the possibility of leading this country. I am one of these people! However, it disappointed me to see my fellow Obama supporters treat Palin’s supporters with hostility and disrespect outside the Civic Center on Sunday, Oct. 26. As supposedly civilized adults, do we not know how to respectfully disagree with an opinion that differs from our own? Our Republican brothers and sisters deserve the same respect that we would like to be given for our own political beliefs.
One thing I have always liked about Barack Obama is his ability to disagree without [causing] the argument to degenerate into a polarizing us-versus-them approach. To harass the McCain enthusiasts for their beliefs reminds me of George W. Bush’s cringe-inducing statement: “You’re either with us or against us.”
A broader, more inclusive approach would be beneficial to all, so I ask every citizen to look inside his or her own heart for seeds of intolerance, and soften the judgments that so divide us. If left unchecked, intolerance can be rationalized to justify any number of atrocities. Whether the world is going to hell in a handbasket, or the redemption of humanity is upon us, one can only control his or her own contributions. Let them be for the greater good.
— Cameron Walker