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Take bad behavior out of politics

American history is full of stuff being thrown at politicians.

• In 2000, Illinois Gov. George Ryan was hit with a pie that was tossed by a Southern University student in protest of Ryan’s education policies.

• Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had to duck when a shoe came flying at her during speaking tour in Las Vegas.

• In 2009, two flying tomatoes missed Sarah Palin and hit a police officer’s face at a book signing event held at the Mall of America.

• And Norm Coleman, locked in a recount battle with Al Franken in 2009, ducked as two eggs were tossed at him when he opened his front door.

On Thursday, Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan complained that garbage was thrown at her while she stood inside the Republican booth during the Brown County State Fair. Carnahan, speaking during the Brown County Republican FunRaiser in New Ulm, also claims beer was dumped on political merchandise and political volunteers were spit on in the face. In some states, that disgusting act can lead to criminal charges.

These alleged acts, if true, should not be tolerated in the political arena or any other event.

Unfortunately, both sides of the aisle are guilty of uncivil acts. Chants of “lock her up” and “send her back” come to mind.

We would like to think if Carnahan would have showed up at the Lyon County Fair, she would have been treated with respect. However, this recent report should make us reflect on the politics of today and where they are headed.

The best way to fight this bad behavior is to start with us. Lead by example.

We can debate, but we must debate with dignity.

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