Sure, this is politics, where spin runs rampant, mud-slinging is justified and strategy trumps truth, but when approached with a lesson of faith that should guide our whole life, aren't we compelled to speak outside of this style and tone?
Tens of millions of Americans who work hard for modest pay -- unseen and unheard by the Mitt Romneys of the world -- and, as Jesse Jackson once said in his memorable speech to the 1988 Democratic Conventions, "take the early bus."
Does this mean in Mitt Romney's eyes, at least 47 percent of Americans are quite possibly worthless degenerates who will never take personal responsibility and care for their own lives, no matter what encouragement Mitt may try to give to them?
What terrible offense against Republicans have Americans who support the Democratic Party committed that is has cast them so far beyond the pale that they are no longer fit to be represented by their president?
You can't be president of the United States if you don't want to be the president of everyone, but that's what Republican candidate Mitt Romney said in a remarkably arrogant speech to a closed-door high-donor fundraiser -- all captured on video.
Mitt Romney's words of disdain for working Americans -- particularly spoken with such contempt -- are so at odds with the inspiring optimism that for the party faithful was the hallmark of Ronald Reagan.
Raise your hand if you went to a public college or university, work for government, borrow books from a public library, ride on government-run buses, subways, or light-rail, use or work for the post office, took a vacation in a national park... and on.
Occupy did more than grab some headlines and inconvenience workers on Wall Street last year. It blew a hole open in the consciousness of a confused an...
You see Mitt, everybody in this country, except you, the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson are all just "one bad thing away" from the woman on the street. Get used to it, there are more and more of us, but nobody is talking about it.
The Republican nominee for president can explain the food-as-entitlement remark away all he wants. But if the Democrats want to seal the deal with America, they'll make sure that small moment of these now-infamous videos hits the airwaves every single day until November 6.
In that crowd of wealthy donors at Marc Leder's Boca Raton sex palace listening to Mitt Romney blast Americans who don't pay income taxes, there were probably a few people who didn't pay income taxes.
How in the world are we supposed to feel about a presidential candidate who is a real "Mr. One Percent" and who explicitly only desires representing no more than 53 percent of us?
Happy birthday, Occupy. But how about skipping the tired old tune of "Happy Birthday to You"?
I'm beginning to realize that Mitt Romney is a perfect match for the Republican Party in 2012 -- arrogant and out of touch. He and his party simply haven't figured out that smug, aging, white American males are not America's future, either demographically or aspirationally.
If Peace Action has its way, money will first of all be moved from funding weapons of war to bankrolling public works projects. If Occupy has its way, money will be moved from Wall Street banks to local savings and loans.
With Occupy, remarkable things have already happened, and more remarkable systemic change could be ahead. Remember that many of the effects of what has already happened are incalculable, and more of what is being accomplished will only be clear further down the road.