Presidential elections come and go, and so do friends.
One of the recent developments, perhaps more than ever, is the rancor of the debates over the upcoming elections in Facebook conversations, twitter posts, other social media, on TV talk shows and other outlets, including email.
Why is this happening?
Maybe because Andrew Jones’ hometown produced a high school valedictorian who showed the electorate’s rules didn’t apply to his political career, Amite High School’s current class valedictorian thought school rules didn’t apply to his academic career. Just because the kid got taught a lesson now has sent some off to shoot the messenger.
The issue is Donald Trump, his business interests, his tax returns and his vision for America.
It is a given that Trump is an amazing person. He has a compelling presence, has accomplished remarkable things in his life, created opportunities for tens of thousands and has inspired a large population of Americans to be involved in the process.
It happened again last night at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Another conservative speaker was harassed by liberal activists. In this case, Breitbart contributor Milo Yiannopoulos was not allowed to finish his presentation to a group of students. He was bullied and threatened and his speech was literally shut down by a group of Black Lives Matter activists. In fact, one of the free speech haters ripped a microphone from the hands of the student interviewing Yiannopoulos.
As we plod through the election campaign season, we read and hear so much anger and hate in this world, whether it is the television, talk radio, facebook or our daily coffee shop talking heads, friends and foes.
In many respects, that is a good thing. It means that all of us care in one way, or another.