Maybe we should add "Judge not others, lest ye want the world to judged ye with same venom as that with which ye judge" back into the mix too huh?<quoted text>
I think the political meanness started when our elected leaders started looking out for themselves instead of us.
The resentment of the 2000 election and the events following 9/11, particularly the Iraq War, made it worse.
We have to stop acting like children when we don't get our way. We can disagree without becoming mean and callous toward each other.
It has to start somewhere.
You know there's actually a term for extremist, "self-perfectionist" people like that--that think their own beings are somehow unflawed--and always "right" (GAG and laugh).
They call them "legalists"--unable to differentiate between the simple fact that the world is NOT made up of simple black/white, right/wrong, issues, and are UNable realize or comprehend, that both are just the tail ends of the spectrum of a whole lot of gray in between!!
It really is a character disorder/flaw--sometimes treatable with professional help of the RIGHT kind of higher orders, for those intelligent enough to realize it--and seek it anyway :-).