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Editorial 10-29
Our leaders have lost their manners
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Two United States senators are engaged in a rhetorical war with President Trump.
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, and our own Sen. Bob Corker have been exchanging insults with the president for what they perceive as Mr. Trump's lack of honesty. Neither senator is seeking re-election.
Said Sen. Flake, "We were not made great as a country by indulging in or even exalting our worst impulses, turning against ourselves, glorifying in the things that divide us and calling fake things true and true things fake."
In a series of searing interviews, Corker said of Trump, "I think the debasement of our nation will be what he'll be remembered most for and that's regretful."
In predictable Trump fashion he responded on Twitter. He said Corker is "incompetent" and said he "doesn't have a clue" and claimed the two-term lawmaker "couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee."
Corker, too, has been guilty of some nasty tweets toward our president, making America's leaders look like second-graders on the playground.
An MTSU poll that can be found on page 3A of today's edition shows Corker is the worse for wear in this showdown as his disapproval rating has climbed 14 points during the public feud, while Trump's has climbed 8 points.
Regardless of your stance on this issue, two things are evident.
First, we need honesty from our president. It doesn't matter how he stands on abortion or immigration. It doesn't matter how he feels on tax cuts or healthcare. The American people need to be delivered truthful information by whomever is in the White House.
Second, our leaders do not need to banter back and forth of social media like immature brats. Their personal jabs do nothing for the betterment of our nation.
Most people wouldn't think of turning to social media to blast one of their co-workers, then do it again and again. For our president and U.S. senator to do this should be unacceptable.
There have been comments made that suggest Mr. Trump's consistent digs on Twitter don't make him appear presidential. He counters that in the internet age, it's 2017 presidential.
We sure hope not.
Our nation is at a crossroads on some painfully difficult issues, with affordable healthcare atop that list. We don't see any way nasty tweets are going to make healthcare more affordable or more readily available.