Friday 14 January 2011 - Filed under Politics
In the wake of the assassination attempt of a United States congresswoman we must reflect on what separates the United States from places like Iraq and Columbia, to name just a couple, that cross the line from politics to violence. The difference of course it that we don’t kill each other or each other’s representatives in this country. We argue and debate and the rhetoric gets heated, but none of us wish actual harm on the other. Political violence is very rare and it should be, it undermines the heart and soul of democracy.
I don’t think you can blame this shooting on Sarah Palin alone. There are a lot of influential people who purposefully enflame the issues and cross the line from debate to hate. Ask yourself why they do this. What do they have to gain? The answer is again obvious, they get paid. The hate mongers like Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin and 65% of Fox News get paid to hate. The Left has their haters too, although none as brazen and intolerant as the Righties. They are experts at hateful, intolerant exaggerations and they constantly use the metaphors of violence, conflict and war.
Why would we be surprised that there are people deranged enough to act on it? The American equivalent of the Taliban are armed, eager and whipped up in a factless frenzy of hateful intolerance toward anything resembling progressive thought.
I know most conservatives deplore violence and some even reject the 24 hate parade of the Right Wing media. There are many thoughtful Republicans who are focused on a civil political debate. But those thoughtful Republicans have to reel in the hate machine. When the ramblings of a violent criminal are indistinguishable from the daily rants of leading “conservatives”, something is wrong. Conservatives are not well represented by these idiots and more intelligent and thoughtful voices should be expressing the ideas of the Right.
We can’t have a successful debate of ideas if we demonize each other to the point of hate. We should be more thoughtful, all of us, because we are, in fact, in this together.
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