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posted: 10/18/2012 4:11 AM

Bully thinks he won, he's really the loser

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Bully thinks he won, he's really the loser

I sat and watched the recent debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan with my seventh grade son. He was watching in order gain extra points for his social studies class concerning the political process. I think that he learned quite a bit more than he or I bargained for and much of it was truly of an ugly American.

I waited patiently without speaking to see what his comments would be. It took him all of nine minutes to say that friend Biden was "rude and disrespectful." He also pointed out that Mr. Biden was constantly interrupting and that he could not understand what Paul Ryan was trying to say. I told my son that even if we disagree, the respectful discourse is a healthy and integral part of the democratic process, which makes this country exceptional. The physical actions of Biden are to say the least un-American. I thought the current administration was trying to tone down the volatility and "American arrogance?"

My son said that if he acted that way in school, the way Vice-president Biden did, that he would be in big trouble. I must admit that my son did learn a very important lesson from the behavior of Joe Biden: when you're acting like a bully, you may think you've won, but really you're the loser. I think America can do better than this.

Andy Isaacson

Villa Park

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