Listen to any political debate, not only on television and forums but also between our elected representatives and leaders and you quickly realize we have become a society where hyperbole replaces fact and derision supplants discussion.
It’s no longer enough to simply disagree. We must attack the other side with misinformation, distorted facts and outright lies.
President Barack Obama hypes health care horror stories with half-truths. Republicans attack Obama with lies about “death panels.” Words like “Nazi” and “Hitler” and “Socialist” and “traitor” become part of everyday discussion.
We are a nation driven by distrust, distortion and disinformation. Hate, fear and anger replace reason. We cannot debate without losing our tempers and calling people names.