I'm I the only one who is annoyed by the current state of political discourse? You know, where people are expected to espouse one of two extremes of any one topic, while leaving no room for anyone with any other opinion. It seems like civility and honest research and questioning has been replaced by insults, half truths and seeing who can scream the loudest and come up with the catchiest soundbyte. I suppose it is to be expected of politicians, and perhaps even of media personalities who get paid to do this, but when did it become OK for normal every day people to make attacks and insults the basis for discussing and solving their problems? When did ideology in this country become so rigid that there was no room for any dissenting opinions. When did it become OK for dissenting opinions to form the basis of scorn and ridicule and questioning any one person's dedication to a cause or party (or their exclusion therefrom)? It would really be nice to see a more cooperative spirit take hold, where ideology was replaced by perhaps more pragmatic approaches and mutual respect was the norm. I mean, at least as I see it, politics is not a competition nor should it be treated as such. it is definitely not some zero sum game where there is only one answer. It's a real shame that the average person seems to think these days that mutual respect research and analysis are not desirable characteristics of our political discourse. Please chime in with your thoughts.