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Hate Speech

The amount of vitriol directed at President Trump seems to be unprecedented. At least, that is what those on the right seem to think. Of course, I remember plenty of criticism and hate speech hurled at President Obama during his time in office, as well. I don't think I really need to mention President George W. Bush, do I?

There has never been (in my lifetime) such a level of animosity between opposing viewpoints as I see in today's America. Democrats hurl murderous accusations against the Republicans for their healthcare proposals and those of a conservative view sling accusations of incompetence and hypocrisy back at them. Of course, either side is generally pretty good at documenting their accusations with freshly spun 'facts.'

No matter where you fit into the political spectrum, it is important to note that such contention is counter-productive. Whenever people react at the behest of their emotions, clear-headed and rational decisions are nowhere to be found. Moreover, nothing gets done. People go to their respective houses of congress, argue with each other and oppose every idea posed by the opposite party, then collect their big fact paychecks and benefits. From there, they take their nice long vacations. The taxpayer who foots their bills gets nothing in return. Such is the case when big government is involved and grows beyond its original purpose as envisioned by the founders. When you look at the big picture, it certainly is appealing to consider some of the platform the Libertarian party as making sense.

Look, I am not for an "anything goes" society, but I do think we need to get back to the business of functioning as intended and learning the art of compromise to get things done. I think, for many people, such is the appeal of President Trump. He gets the fact that deals need to be made among opposing parties to get anywhere. We have sat stalled for far too long. He certainly was not my first choice, but he is my president and the person in authority. We have wasted far too much time and effort on investigations, accusations, insults and threats of violence toward the person in office. It sickens me how low we have stooped as a country in allowing some of the things I read in the media.

I am not talking about whether or not illegal immigrants get deported, walls get built, gay rights, etc. I understand how important these issues are to some people. What I am focused on at the present time our economy and ways to strengthen it. This isn't intended as some sort of pro-Trump argument, either. Like it or not, he is the sitting president and his success should be important to us -- as it is also our success as a country that is at stake. If Hillary Clinton had won the election and was president, I would be praising her on the economy if she were able to work some deals and get things done.

The Bible is pretty clear on the way we should treat those in authority: Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, -Titus 3:1 (KJV)

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