Picture two little boys playing on the school playground at recess. Little Donnie, pudgy, red-faced, unkempt and known as the 3rd grade bully. Big Mittie, tall, enigmatic, and known as the 5th grade bully.
Little Donnie: My daddy has more money than yours. I’m gonna beat you up. Your sister is uglier than a toad. Everybody loves me. Nobody likes you. You are dirty doo-doo. My daddy is gonna beat up your daddy.
Big Mittie: Shut up, kid and go home. You are dumb and stupid. I am gonna stomp you into dirt.
Little Donnie: Oh YEAH? Well I am better than you ‘cause my daddy says so. I can bring a gun to school and shoot you and everybody will still love me.
And it goes on and on until finally they both end up in the principal’s office.
Sadly, in U.S. politics there is no principal (nor principle), no principal’s office, not even a playground monitor, so it would seem. There are no limits to what can be said on the political scene. This is one of the less desirable legacies of the 1st amendment to the constitution. Public speech relies on the conscience and good sense of the speaker to rein in improper and inappropriate speech. Who is the loser in the brawl? Both. But the biggest loser is the voting public, and ultimately every man, woman and child in the nation, both citizen and non-citizen.
That is all I will say on this topic.