There is a major lack of respect in today’s politics for various points of view. It is driven by those who value their own ideas over collaboration.
This egocentricity often is expressed by discrediting others rather than mutually discussing pertinent issues within a framework of mutual respect. Instead of cooperative problem-solving toward mutually valued solutions, the aim of some is to personally attack those with whom they disagree.
It is essential that we voters fully inform ourselves about important issues facing our nation. Those who resort to name-calling and personal attack need to be differentiated from those who are willing to discuss the value of their points of view as well as consider worthwhile contributions from those with whom they have disagreements.
Legislators and political operatives who label their opposition with derogatory names and discredited motives curtail meaningful discussion. Their arrogance fuels power politics, which relies on control and manipulation rather than cooperative efforts of problem solving.