There are political lines never to cross

Published 9:35 am Monday, April 23, 2018

By Michael Cole

These are the articles and commentary that I hate.

The ones where I have to point out things that should already be ingrained in our group psyche.

It should not be complicated. There is a time for political attacks and banter. There is a time and place to bring a person’s politics into play.

There are levels of respect in a civil society.

I wish I could make the snide remarks about how you only hear it out of the extreme right wing or the far left, but it is becoming more common place in mainstream conversation.

And it should be ridiculed.

I felt the need to touch on this after the death of Barbara Bush. For the most part, the former First Lady’s memory has been cherished and both sides have expressed their sympathies to the Bush Family.

As it should be.

But this week, a vocal minority decided that this was the perfect time to make noise.

I am not talking about Westboro Baptist Church, though it would not surprise me if they do.

The most vocal was a professor.

Let me be clear, I vote Democratic. I am a local party official.

But I have to say her actions are disgraceful.

I am a firm believer in politics that when a person is in ill health or has died, we should acknowledge that we had political differences, but still cherish the human life behind it.

The professor may have valid points about the life of Barbara Bush, but I would wager anything that had someone on the right said something on that level about one of her idols, she would be angered.

We must agree on one thing in politics, we have forgotten it, that there is a human life on the other side of that interaction.

It is time we remember that we can oppose the politics without opposing the person.