AS POLITICIANS prepare for the long-awaited national dialogue, they should take a leaf from the late Republican senator John McCain who defended his then opponent former president Barack Obama. When a member of the public began to spread some falsehood about Mr Obama, senator McCain quickly sprang to the defence of his opponent to correct the misconception, an action which is commendable.
When politicians begin to rise above name-calling, tribal sentiments, curtailing falsehoods and begin to discuss issue-based topics, they will help to unite and heal the polarised country.
If such utterances are not eradicated and discouraged, the process will be an exercise in futility and posterity will judge all of us harshly.
Senator McCain died recently after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.