This is not a political rant. I am not taking issue with Democrats (or Republicans) on the issues addressed during the presidential race being fought right now. No, my issue is with how Joe Biden acted last night in the debate with Paul Ryan.
We are a conservative family. We strongly believe in the rights of individuals. We teach our children that they are not “owed” anything, other than freedom and respect. They are taught that respect is something we show everyone, despite their beliefs or opinions.
Some of our extended family members whom my children are exposed to tend to belittle the democrats, especially President Obama. When I hear my children start to mimic those sentiments, I quickly correct them. We can disagree with President Obama, but we will not ridicule him. The office of the Presidency of the United States deserves our respect.
However, it is not just elected officials we show respect to; we show respect to everyone. Our children are taught (and modeled by my husband and I) to show respect to those they are talking with, to not sneer, roll their eyes, be condescending or other things that will belittle the other person.
This morning I was aghast as I watched replays of the debate that Vice President Joe Biden did all of those things during the debate. I was shocked and angry that such a high-ranking public official would treat their debate opponent that way AND on national television, when impressionable teenagers and young adults are watching. What kind of role model was he?
If you are a teen or young adult, please do not think that how Vice President Biden acted was okay and that you can act similarly in the future. If you are a parent and your children saw the debate, please let them know that is not how we should treat other people.