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Hopey ChangeyPosted Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at 9:53 AM
I have never fully understood the hatred and vitriol between the two major political parties in this country. When you take an honest look at our shared history the two sides have never gotten along. There have been moments that the two parties have come together for the greater good but that typically falls away rather quickly.
The recent vitriol and hatred is nothing new and we have been down this road before. We are approaching the 15th Anniversary of the OKC Bombing (I call it the forgotten terrorist attack and I will write more on it next week) that shows the end game for unchecked rhetoric and hate filled speech.
People want good debate between the parties and between the ideologies, but honestly can you expect any type of civil debate when you have one group of people saying that those with liberal ideologies are suffering from a mental disorder? Keep in mind these are the same people that when Sarah Palin made her big stink a few weeks ago about tasteless jokes about retarded people were cheering her on and yet they have no issues with saying that someone who is a progressive as suffering from a mental disorder.
There is room in this country for two differing ideologies to co-exist. But what has to be marginalized are those from both sides of the aisle that want to do nothing more than call names and deride people who believe differently than them. I do not live by the idea that everything I believe in is the only correct option nor should anyone. I believe that progressivism is the best method in advancing our culture into the future but that does not mean I will not accept ideas from conservatives to help in that advancement.
But the petty bickering and blame game has got to stop. We as Americans are saddled with a huge debt right now but only fully blaming one president over another gets us nowhere. We, and to the larger extent, our politicians have to work together to get that debt down. Some steps have been taken to reduce the debt but that is only a beginning.
The fear-mongering and rhetoric has gotten frankly out of hand. People are mad as hell at Obama and many of them do not really know why. They will spout off the full talking points offered to them by Fox News and other conservative talking heads but when you take a closer look at the fears that have driven by the talking heads it comes out looking mostly empty. Take for example the on-going lie that started last August about death panels. The truth was always that nothing of the sort was in any bill. But because the likes of Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Glenn Beck said that it was we had a whole segment of our population that was mislead, lied too, and misinformed. The Health Care Reform bill has been called a government takeover of health care, but what exactly has been taken over. Private insurers still get to hike their prices for no apparent reason and drop coverage for no apparent reason. The bulk of this bill is full of ideas that are considered conservative and yet somehow people are supposed to believe that it is socialist.
The new START that was signed by Obama called for the very same reduction as Reagan called for 30 years ago. Obama got an agreement with 47 nuclear countries to secure their nuclear power in order so that terrorists could not obtain them.
What exactly has Obama done that is so irritating? When you look at the work he has done over the last year there is not much to be irritated at (unless you are a strict progressive or strict conservative). This president has been a moderate president from day one.
But that has not stopped the hate and rhetoric that is permeating through our country. The haters find something new to be outraged on a daily basis. They were outraged at the beer summit. They were outraged that an American won the Nobel Peace Prize (though I do admit it was a bit premature for the award, but nothing to be outraged about). They were outraged that he used teleprompters (as if he is the only president or politician to use them). They even got outraged when he dared to wear a Chicago White Sox cap to throw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals game (it honestly reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where Elaine was kicked out of Yankee stadium for wearing an Orioles hat in the owner's box, life imitating art I guess).
We are steadfast approaching another major domestic terrorist event and when (and if) it happens I know who I will blame. Every single one of us for not putting the brakes on hate and rhetoric filled speech just to please a small group of people. We will all share in the blame when something disastrous happens.
That is why I ask again to show respect on the comments. If you disagree with someone call them out on and use facts to back yourself up. The name-calling that goes on here by both sides is (even though some of it has been hilarious, ie calling me mini-mike and putting up avatars of my picture drawn to look like the devil in an attempt to upset me) childish and immature. We are all adults here. Do not be pulled into the insults. I know it is hard and it is a challenge for myself which is why I try to stick to the facts and typically only address those that call names when they post something that needs correcting.
If you have been banned from this site several times in the past that should probably tell you something about what you are posting here, correct it. We can share ideas without calling each other names. If you have noticed I have quit calling people in the Tea Party, teabaggers. Even I do not agree with a single thing they stand for it is still disrespectful to call them a teabagger. This all came to the forefront for me a few days ago when I took my family out to eat. While I was in the middle of ordering our meal this woman stepped right in front of me, interrupting my order, because she wanted a Coke and the machine was out. Normally I would not have minded but she just simply cut me off in mid-order for a Coke. She offered no excuse me's and did not offer an apology. I was struck that this was where our society was headed. We are getting impatient and more importantly and sadly we are becoming more disrespectful.
This is why I ask again that you show respect to those you do not agree with. I will not flag your comments if you choose to be disrespectful of others on this site. After all it is your disrespect that will stay out in public view. If you are comfortable with people viewing you as nothing more than a 10 year old with no manners I am not going to stop you.
I will still, however, flag comments for willfully breaking the Terms of Service that the editors of this site have come up with. Some claim that it is a violation of free speech but if you signed up on this site and agreed to the terms then you waved that right (forget for the moment that the freedom of speech clause in the Constitution is protecting you from being silenced by the government, not from being silenced by a private company).
Having said all this I do not readily expect much to change in the comments, I guess I just have some of that hopey changey condition in me. I already have my prediction for who I believe will start the name-calling. But having said that this goes to those who agree and disagree with me thank you for posting on my blog. Without the posters I probably would have tired of this a long time ago.
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