In addition to blurring the lines between religion and politics, science, superstition and just plain ignorance we seem to have lost our sense of propriety and succumbed to all that is crass and low-minded in our society. What was a steady stream of mindless invective has become a torrent of abuse that impedes reasonable discourse but manages to pass for thoughtful down-home wisdom in some circles.

IT’S bad enough that political leaders of limited skills and qualifications are provided with a platform as if they had something worthwhile to say. Anyone who captures the imagination of a disgruntled electorate content to applaud wildly whenever the words “smaller government” are spoken receives attention that far outweighs the content of their message.  Add to a roster of untalented adults their even less talented offspring who have media access most young people of modest intellect and deficient education rarely attain.