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Bloodshed Puts New Focus on Vitriol in Politics

Discussion in 'Other Hot Topics' started by Ellen, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Ellen

    Ellen Senior Member

    Oct 22, 2005
  2. Lakeman

    Lakeman Approved members

    Nov 10, 2010
    Well it has been some time since this event has passed and hopefully we have all paid respects to those who lost their lives or loved ones in our own ways. The politicizations of the event in the first few hours after it occurred were shameless but now is the time to seek a deeper truth.

    If we look at the intent of that article we see that "we are all supposed to deny any connection between the Taxi Driver copy-cat Loughner and politics. But we are also supposed to use this occasion to insist on a new age of civility in which we all strive to curb the inflammatory speech that did not prompt Loughner at all."

    Weird huh? That's not the deeper truth.

    "Can't we all just get along?" is a wonderful sentiment that we can all get behind except that it is delivered with complete disingenuousness and timed to silence much needed debate on the state of our nation. It is delivered by the self same persons who have engaged in the very incivility that they decry. And none of us have any doubts that if those to whom the directive were to listen that those who ask for civility would return to their own vitriol in a heartbeat.

    No, civility in politics just can't survive. (actually just hours after our President called for civility one of our representatives was likening other representatives to Nazis from the House floor) Our founding fathers knew this and planned for the discontent and strife among groups of people to be worked out for good in the end.

    Our politicians can't agree and that is good considering that the last two times any major legislation was pass with huge majorities of representatives (the current war and the current major health care bill) they were passed against the will of too many of the people or just plainly headed toward disaster. Sometimes, sometimes, congress is our enemy and it is better for us all when they operate in deadlock rather than become too strong.

    "the Founding Fathers solved the problem by creating one and then crippling it. They deliberately made the government slow and stupid so it would never be a threat to our God-given freedoms. The main purpose of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights is to create checks and balances to keep the government from being efficient. This prevented the corrupting influences that political power brings, so whoever got control would not be able to do much damage. The infighting would keep the government weak and away from the people."

    "Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." George Washington
  3. Brensdad

    Brensdad Approved members

    Dec 27, 2005
    I'm curious if any of the "pro-union" activities being carried out in Wisconsin are being viewed through the same "anti-vitriolic" filter.

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