Thought experiment…

You know how the Dow fell of a cliff this afternoon?   In case you missed it, it went something like this:


Shocking, right?

Now for the bad news.  I think this graph perfectly represents what we, as a country, are doing in the last weeks of the Presidential election.  The level of vitriol is so high, the distrust and suspicion of each side for the other so intense, the accusations so wild, the fear and the fury so palpable,  that I keep thinking that somewhere in a cave in Pakistan, with his laptop on his  knees, Osama Bin Laden is laughing his ass off.

PEOPLE, we have all got to take it down a notch.

So in the service of bringing all of us out of our angry corners, I offer the following thought experiment:

Imagine the candidates for President and Vice-President that you believe should not be allowed in the Oval Office, much less given the best seats in the house. 

Now find something in those two candidates that you can genuinely appreciate.

I know. It's hard.  It kinda brings you up short, doesn't it?.

I'll go first:  I genuinely appreciate John McCain's service to his country, the fact that he didn't take an early release from prison when it was offered, and that he has been a steadfast opponent of the use of torture by US personnel.  I appreciate Sarah Palin's ability to talk to voters without condescension and the way she make many of them feel deeply understood.

OK, your turn. 

Leave your appreciation in the comments or feel free to go off and be appreciative on your own blog. Let me know if you do so I can keep track of all the good vibes we create.

Come on, do your part to wipe that smile off Bin Laden's face.

11 thoughts on “Thought experiment…

  1. Hmmm… Sarah Palin is an inspiration to us all because she is not afraid to jump right in and try something new. McCain? He’s not letting his age be a factor in his everyday choices.
    My mother always emphasized how important is is to say something nice. JB’s grandmother always stressed how it took no real talent to find another’s flaws.
    But the one who truly deserves our admiration and respect is Hillary. The direction this election has taken, and the state of the US–are both enough to send the average person to the looney bin. And look at her! She’s a rock.

  2. First of all, welcome back.
    Yesterday I made the mistake of watching that video that’s going viral of McCain/Palin supporters at a rally. Truly frightening. I’m so sorry I watched it. (If you haven’t seen it, don’t.) I want to believe we’re a better nation than that. When I got home last night, I was RILED. I started in with my husband about how John McCain should be ashamed of himself, how fish rots from the head down (is this true? I don’t know…). T. got upset with me. “Why are you bringing this — these people — onto OUR house?” He’s right. And you’re right. We need to breathe deeply and not project into Novemeber 5th. Here goes:
    John McCain: I saw him at a rally in our town in 2000. A woman brought up abortion. He said, “I’m sorry, I don’t know what to tell you. I don’t agree with you, and I’m not going to say I do.” I appreciated how he held to his belief, respectfully.
    Sarah Palin: I appreciate that she chose to have her last son even though he wasn’t perfect.
    There you go.

  3. Oh that’s a tough exercise – where you some kind of monster Rinzai Zen master in another life?
    OK – I’ve always admired McCain’s streak of ‘true-to-his-own-self’ness – very rare quality.
    And Palin is someone who tries hard to avoid talking in conventional soundbites.

  4. I think John McCain is more qualified than anyone else on either ticket to act as Commander In Chief of the armed forces, and I think he would do a good job at it. I am trying really really hard to come up with something I like or at least appreciate about Sarah Palin, but I will have to get back to you.

  5. “One can not exist today –one cannot exist in full consciousness — without having to have a showdown with one’s self, without having to define what it is that one lives by, without being clear in one’s mind what matters and what does not matter.” — Dorothy Thompson
    I think that when we’re in the process of defining this for ourselves, some of us find that “pushing against” is one way to propel ourselves to that which has meaning for us. Like angry teenagers using the anger to push against mom and dad’s ideas and philosophies and lifestyle in the search for their own. I don’t think it’s bad. It’s just a way.
    To me, at this time in my life, what has meaning for me is Hope. And what I “push against” is Fear and those who see planting seeds of Fear as a means to Power. I will think about a way that McCain and Palin stand for Hope and a way that they don’t use Fear. I will give some thought to how their supporters reach for Hope and aren’t motivated by Fear. It may help me understand them better, and that’s good, healing. 🙂
    Welcome back — missed you!

  6. It’s hard for me to respond without my tongue in my cheek…….
    McCain truly believes what he says, and Sarah Palin keeps coming back for more—that’s persistence.

  7. I appreciate John McCain’s sacrifices in service of our country.
    And I appreciate what Sarah Palin has done for the Obama campaign.
    Welcome back!

  8. I have actually always admired McCain’s support of the surge, long before it was popular to do so. And he really advocated for it — went on the all the shows, etc., and stood up to everyone who decried it. And he actually did it with good humor in some cases.
    That took guts to stand up so strongly against the tide.
    Sorry, I’ve got nothing on Palin. Oh, except that we’d have lots of fun watching Tina Fey for the next 4 years.

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