by MARGARET REEVE PANAHI
Oct. 12, 2012 VP debates
Last night’s debate made me feel better. It was civil and respectful. I really appreciated the sense of respect that congressman Ryan had for the Vice President and vice versa. The debate showed Joe Biden’s courage and Paul Ryan’s stands on his beliefs.
Joe was a great ally of the president’s. Paul supported Romney, but mostly spoke about his ideas and the parties’ ideas, though they were pretty vaguely described. I wanted to see the fact checks because I wasn’t sure how much of what was being said, and what I didn’t know about regarding specifics, was accurate. That was helpful.
Joe is a hard fighter for the workers and Paul Ryan believes in top down economics. I appreciated the comments on faith and Mr. Biden’s assertion that the Catholic (and really core Christian) doctrines teachings that we must take care of those who cannot take care of themselves. This, for me, was a comment to the conservative position that has been eviscerating the social programs, and economic balance in our country. And it spoke to my values.
When I woke up today, I had the refrain from a sixties song in my head:
“Come on people now, smile on your brother. Everybody get together, try to love one another. Right now.”
That seems corny now, but maybe that is what civility inspires in me.