well said Michele.
It's not hard to tell that this is my favorite blog or why it is my favorite.
That's how I've been feeling recently, though not quite able to say it as well as Michele. It seems like both sides are passionate and screaming but not listening when it's the other side's turn to speak. What kind of example are we setting for our children on how this is supposed to work? We want them to grow up to be the kind of people that listen to others, even if they don't agree with what's being said, but we don't do it ourselves. In the rare instance that it seems like someone from either side is actually listening, they are really only listening so they can form their next argument to be more effective in disproving what the other person just said.
UPDATE: did any of you watch "Colonial House" on PBS? It was a great series and I would recommend it. Interesting though...the original Colony Governor was a far right. His assistant Governor was far left (appointed by the producers). The wife and the assistant governor admitted to backstabbing the Governor and trying to undermine his authority simply becuase they were on the right. NOTE that the assistant governor was a MINISTER and he still did this. All he had to say on that point, when asked 3 months later was, "I was not a Man of God at his best". Though I was not surprised at the wife and assistant governor's behavior, I was surprised to hear the reasons for the behavior.