As Sophie and I drove home from her violin lesson yesterday, we tuned into NPR to hear Mitt Romney spewing his characteristic intolerance and ignorance. Sophie wanted to know what we were listening to. I told her. "The John McCain guys??" Yes. The other team. "Well, that SUCKS!" To which I responded "First of all, as we have discussed, I really don't like you using 'sucks' in that way. It is crude and does not make you sound like the smart person you are. Second, even though we disagree with people, we can listen to what they say with respect."
So there I was listening to Rudy Giuliani later that evening while practically convulsing with loathing and sobbing "He is evil! He is bad! Make him stop!!!" And of course it got worse as the evening wore on. Being a good example is hard.
But thank you, Gloria Steinem for aiding my recovery from last night's viewing by putting it in perspective. You're right.