I have no time to judge others, I leave that to someone who is vastly more equipped than I to perform that role. Rather than exclude I emulate my teacher and find areas of commonality, give freely of my time and meager resources, and speak the truth and I treat others as they have treated me. Honest dialogue punctuated by a lively discourse, where in the end each of us may end it by agreeing to disagree does not seem possible anymore. Civility is viewed by many to be a quaint old fashion mannerism practiced by those who cling to bygone eras. It has become a casualty of the times we live in. People rush around trying to outdo each other and become the most obnoxious supporter of their pet cause, eager to you drown out and verbally attacking anyone that dares to have a differing opinion. So I pose this question, “When exactly did it become fashionable and totally acceptable to be a complete dick?” I have grown weary of lock jawed zealots on both sides of the political spectrum who cannot get beyond their latest talking point to have a meaningful dialog regarding fiscal, social, and political issues. Feigned indignation and self righteousness appear to be the current models of political discourse today. You can no longer respectfully challenge someone’s views, graciously giving them a venue to air their position, without having the conversation degenerate into a comparison of your family linage and its close association to the Third Reich. I refuse to be labeled a racist and elitist if I seek the abolishment of wealth redistribution ponzi schemes like the earned income credit or support someone besides the sitting president in the next election. Let’s get beyond the fact he is a person from a historically disadvantaged ethnic group. I am truly thankful that America has not allowed our past to define our future and had looked beyond the color of his skin and elected him to our highest political office. This secures for us all the concept, and now reality, of the American dream. But now, I look at it in purely economic terms, what has he done for me? I am over the euphoria of his historic ascension and realize that I disagree with the policies he has championed and believe they have resulted in a net negative fiscally for our collective future, and cannot see a favorable outcome for my fiscal future if we have four more years of the same. We have been short on hope, and have seen way too much change. I am truly worse off now then when he was elected. From the beginning he did nothing to justify my support. His fiscal policies were hostile towards my bottom line and his social experiments in my opinion nearly bankrupt the American Dream for my children’s children. It would be insanity to support his reelection, for me. I gain nothing, and stand to loose everything I have worked so hard to achieve if he is granted four more years. He had his shot and he failed in my opinion. It was not because of his color of his skin, but because his vision of our future is not lining up with mine and countless others who are tired of being marginalized and made to feel as if we have overdrawn the account.