Sunday, January 16, 2011
Senator John McCain's editorial for the Washington Post begins with the line "President Obama gave a terrific speech Wednesday night", which is surprising enough, but from there he presents an interesting essay on the state of political discourse in America. Then again, this is coming from the guy who called Obama "that one" during one of the presidential debates, so take it for what it's worth.
There are too many occasions when we lack that empathy and mutual respect on all sides of our politics, and in the media. But it is not beyond us to do better; to behave more modestly and courteously and respectfully toward one another; to make progress toward the ideal that beckons all humanity: to treat one another as we would wish to be treated.
We are Americans and fellow human beings, and that shared distinction is so much more important than the disputes that invigorate our noisy, rough-and-tumble political culture. That is what I heard the president say on Wednesday evening. I commend and thank him for it.