The political race for the Republican nomination for President of the United States is becoming unfortunately very ugly. The candidates are relying on sophomoric taunts and double entendres that belittle the integrity of the office to which they aspire. Politicians, regardless of party affiliations should quite honestly show more panache in their polemics to justify the reasons American voters should cast their ballots in their favor. Verbal assaults that include mockery have no place in American politics. The American people seek a presidential candidate that provides leadership and strength when occupying the Oval Office. Unfortunately, the exchanges between the Republican candidates is at its best crass and crude.
With the position of President of the United States, there is a great responsibility that accompanies the office. Part of that responsibility includes representing the American people in the most superlative personal manner, with dignity and right decorum providing a sense of integrity and sensibility to the role the President of the United States exercises on behalf of the American people. Rude, and borderline vulgarities between the candidates jostling for the Republican nomination serves no positive purpose other than to cause more political turmoil on the way towards the November elections. Politics, yes can be somewhat dirty at times, however it should never be downright obscene. The gentlemen seeking the nomination of the party of Abraham Lincoln need to decompress and take a time out in the same manner one imposes a time out on a difficult toddler after an infraction of the social graces. The electoral process should indeed exhibit not only social graces, but Christian values of charity and respect towards each other on the campaign trail. If indeed the next potential President of the United States emerges from this proverbial Rat-Pack of politicians the rules of good judgement and proper behavior is an indicator of capability the American people want as the next Chief Executive.
By tonight, the Republican candidate for President of the United States will most likely emerge from the primaries being held today. The victor, whomever he might be needs to instill political politeness into the rest of the campaign for the White House. John Adams called the residence of the President, “the people’s house.” If that indeed is true, then the occupant of that house is de facto the peoples choice. Pugnacious politicians do not reflect the American democratic process, our American Republic and its ideals transcend such mundane behaviors from the Republican candidates. When we recall the great men,that have lived and served as President of the United States bellicose behavior by the Chief Executive was never part of presidential protocol. In the campaign of 2016, such behavior should never be part of the political platform or the Republican ideological message.
While the United States has a clear delineation between the institutions of Church and State as a Constitutional mandate, it does not exclude our political parties from acting in Christian charity towards each other. Political and social continuity is what is at stake in the presidential election. If the United States wants to adequately address the social, moral and political issues that are maladies to the American manner of living our lives, the first step towards a positive solution resides in political cooperation between dissenting political parties. We don’t need to affiliate any particular religious movement with the destination towards political unity and stability. We just need to adapt religious principles of charity and human dignity to the political environment. We need only to look to the words of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address for guidance in both our electoral process and the responsibilities of the next potential President of the United States:
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
The party of Abraham Lincoln and indeed our entire nation should ponder the words of the Great Emancipator. If we ignore his counsel, then our American democratic process is in vane.