But this isn’t just a problem for our leaders to grapple with. We, as citizens, enable this behavior. The candidates know if they can browbeat their opponent over a real or perceived transgression from now or yesteryear, it can boost them to victory. All too often, we dismiss these actions as political immaturity or entertainment. They’re neither. Instead of excusing poor leadership, we can do things as citizens to restrain the worst instincts of our leaders. We can send emails to our representatives, our friends and our families urging collective action and engagement. We can show up to community forums and city/county council meetings to let our leaders know our feelings. We can call. We can listen. We can vote. And, in the end, we can disagree. But, we have got to be in this together.