The next few months will challenge us to dig deeper emotionally to find the truth within ourselves about ourselves. Our collective character as a nation is about to be tested. Spending cuts are on the way.

We will start hearing about how cuts will affect us personally, and we won’t like it. We don’t have to like it. But we must honor the process.

The shameless, destructive name-calling by our political leadership has got to stop. Politicians use sound bites to bite each other. It’s not funny. Some of them are using free speech not as a tool to educate and build, but as a weapon to destroy each other.

Our confidence in our government becomes the emotional collateral damage. It is a horrible example for all of us, and this shouldn’t be what America stands for.

Rather than encouraging our children to listen and learn about our system, we are not comfortable with what they might hear regarding the name-calling.

If I turn on the television or radio news I am going to hear our leaders calling each other vicious names and accusing each other of wanting our fellow Americans to go hungry, stay sick, possibly die. That is ridiculous, and the people saying it know it.

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