I dread social media during election seasons. I have friends who sit all across the spectrum of political ideology. The constant barrage of vitriolic online postings from both sides of the aisle is like being trapped inside a bass drum in a marching band.
During the town hall-style debate, I fell asleep about three sentences before Romney's "binders full of women" remark. I didn't learn about it until I saw a couple of biting posts on Facebook the following day.
What if we just followed this election for ourselves, moment to moment, living in each actual moment as it happens, without checking to see how anyone else on the planet is interpreting that moment? Wouldn't that be a better way to prepare ourselves to cast ballots?
Unlike a 13-episode arc that can be mercifully cancelled when the audience clicks away, we are obligated to suffer through the soap opera plot twists and nefarious characterizations of the characters all the way up to that seemingly ever-distant date in November.
This week, a group of more than 130 former legislators, both Republicans and Democrats, released a letter urging for civility and encouraging candidates, once elected, to focus on cooperation to face our country's greatest challenges.
If America is truly supposed to be exceptional in all things, why do other countries -- almost without exception -- decide our governmental structure isn't really for them, when it comes time to choose?
Instant analysis, instant reaction, instant tactics to meet the perceived American voter need for instant gratification. Missing in all this are old-fashioned Democratic values and political principles.