Gilmour: A call for empathy in campaign season

"Father, father / We don't need to escalate / You see, war is not the answer / For only love can conquer hate / You know we've got to find a way / To bring some lovin' here today." / "What's Going On"- Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye's lyrics to an America twisting in turmoil over the war in Vietnam resonate not only with those who lived through the struggles decades ago, but also with those - like me - who fear our country has given up on civility and discourse today.

While America is not at war like it was in Vietnam, we seem to be at war with each other. Regardless of what side of the political divide one falls, it is clear that many are all too willing to escalate their extreme language with greater frequency and vitriol on issues ranging from the local (the unionization effort at Volks -wagen) to the national (immigration or the Affordable care Act).