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Civil Discourse

Posted: September 13, 2012 by davishipps in Chicken Little, National

Ren mentioned on the show last week – and on this week’s rebroadcast of the same show – that I have several articles floating around in my head. This is true. Over the past month or so I’ve planned an article on Paul Ryan, one disputing the claims made by a popular Internet sign about why the sign’s creator is voting to re-elect President Obama, one about the shoddy treatment of several state delegations to the Republican National Convention by the RNC itself, and, most recently, one on a surprising similarity between the Democratic and Republican conventions, plus a few on more general topics. However, this has been a very busy time at my work and with my soon-to-be-expanding-again family, so I haven’t felt like I’ve had time to properly research and flesh out these articles. I hope to be able to get to them all at some point before the election.

Today, though, I wanted to tackle a broader topic. I’ll try to keep it short, and I’d like everyone to be in the proper state of calm when you read this. So, if you would, please take a deep breath, and slowly let it out.

Now another one.

And one more because I like the number 3.

Okay, now that we’re all relaxed, here’s what I need you to know. When someone disagrees with you on a particular subject, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re an idiot… even if it’s a very important subject. If you tend to be more right-leaning politically, you need to know that not everyone who is planning to vote to re-elect President Obama is doing so out of deference to his skin color. Nor is it because they’re Socialists, anti-American, or suffering from wealth-envy. If you tend to be more left-leaning politically, you need to know that not everyone who is planning to vote for Mitt Romney is doing so out of disdain for the President’s skin color. Nor is it that they hate poor people or love corporations.

Now, you may be saying to yourself, “Duh. I already know that.” But, honestly, when I look at Facebook, blogs, and the comments on news articles, this is the level of discourse that I’m seeing. It boils down to “either you agree with me, or clearly I am smarter than you.” I’ve also seen it put this way: “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.”

But can this possibly be true? Think for a moment about the people in your own life – your friends, co-workers, and relatives. Do you know any real people who have different political opinions than yourself? If you’re on the right, would you characterize those people as idiots? Have they ever said or done anything in your presence that would indicate that they are less than intelligent, out to destroy the country, or only looking to soak the rich? If you’re on the left, would you characterize those people as evil? Have they ever, in your entire experience with them, said or done anything in your presence that would lead you to believe that they are racist, greedy, or filled with hate?

I’ve already gone on longer than I intended, but I just wanted to put this out there. Claiming that someone with an opposing viewpoint is evil or stupid is a cop-out. It allows you not to have to consider the merits of whatever argument they’re presenting by labeling them as having a defective character. It prevents intelligent discussion of issues. It prevents you from possibly winning them over to your side, or at least helping them to understand where you’re coming from. Let us remember particularly in this, the silly season of national politics, that for the most part our differences are a matter of beliefs sincerely held about the proper role of government, and not a matter of hatred or ignorance. Please post your comments accordingly.

Republican Congressman Chabot from Ohio came under fire recently for trampling on citizens rights at a public town hall meeting. Here is a clear representation of the political class believing they are better than the citizens they represent.
Side note: Listen to this uninformed police officer lying to the citizens, serving up a whole lot of trash the Constitution and failing to question authority. These guys should both lose their jobs (The Congressman and the cop).

Here is a rough transcript.
Police Officer: I’m going to ask you to put that away
Citizen: Why?
PO: To protect the constituents, the constituents
C: I’m documenting a public event
PO: I’m not asking again
PO: Are we going to do this the easy way or the hard way?
C: Sir, Sir, I am will within my rights
PO: Let it go
C: I am well within my rights documenting this
PO: You are not a member of the press
C: I am well within my rights documenting this even
PO: I’m trying to keep this peaceful
C: The is a public building. No one has a right to say we can utilize our phones and equipment
PO: Sir…Sir
C: Sir…Sir
C: It’s a public building … It’s a public building
PO takes camera and moves on to next victim.
PO: Excuse me ma’am
C: You can’t take it.
PO: They don’t want you using it in here
C: There is no reason…Its not against the law to film this
PO: Yes it is. That’s what I’ve been told.
C: Why? Give me a reason
PO: They don’t want you filming in here…to protect the identity of the constituents.
C: I have every right to film this. I have every right as a citizen
PO: No you do not
C: to film my Congressman in a public place
PO: No you do not
PO: They told you that cameras were not permitted in here…for security reasons
C: What security reason?
PO: Would you please give me the camera please
C: Tell me what the security reasons are…What are they worried about?
PO: Are you going to make this hard for me? Would you please give it to me?

I had wanted my initial post to be very polished and thought out, however, that goal is keeping me from posting my thought and ideas so…

When I saw this headline Delaying Tax Vote Could Crash Stock Market, I was angry.

Who is Paul Bedard and who does he work for? Does he really think the American people are so stupid as to believe this stuff? I’ll tell you if the market can’t take some people getting some of their profits out then it should crash. Let the whole thing tumble down and the chips fall where they may. I’m not in favor of rushing a vote or even modifying domestic policy because it might have an adverse affect on the blessed stock market. If it crashes, its on sale, and then maybe I’ll throw in a few bucks.

This is the same tired old story they pulled out in 2008 when the bailouts began. The sky is falling, the sky is falling. They have been pulling this tired line out for over 50 years. Watch below.

Should we modify policy or rush to legislate in order to prevent supposed market fluctuations?

Are Americans smart enough to figure out this game or are they really dim?