But, if you believe that civility should infuse the process by which we elect a president in the United States, his announcement speech ought to bring some encouragement.
Among other things, he said of the incumbent, President Barack Obama:
He and I have a difference of opinion on how to help a country we both love. But the question each of us wants the voters to answer is who will be the better president, not who’s the better American.
Both Democrats and Republicans, in their ways, tend to question the patriotism and the love for the Constitution of their opposition.
Patriotism, contrary to Samuel Johnson, is only the second-to-last refuge of scoundrels. Their last refuge is loudly and incessantly accusing political opponents of lacking patriotism.
All this mutual demonizing obscures the fact that there are patriotic Americans on both sides of the partisan kabuki dance.
Kudos to Huntsman for refusing to play the "I'm-more-patriotic-than-you-are" card.