The last several years have seen a movement from discussion and debate to hate-filled argument. For instance, too many Republicans hate Hillary Clinton and too many Democrats hate President Bush. I believe this has done nothing to improve, and much to damage, our search for truth and the improvement of our nation.

We would do well to take to heart the following words written by Thomas Jefferson.

“It has been a source of great pain to me, to have met with so many among our opponents, who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions.

“I never saw an instance of one of two disputants convincing the other by argument.

“I tolerate with the utmost latitude the right of others to differ from me in opinion without imputing to them criminality.”

The hatred is doing nothing to advance the condition of our nation. Instead of the invective and character assassination currently in vogue, would we not benefit if we would use reason, truly listen to one another and place respect for persons and the search for truth above the desire for political advantage? Nothing meaningful would be lost, and much could be gained.

Randall Bradley


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