Anyway, the rhetoric was annoying. Did these people really think, for example, that they were sent to Congress by their constituents to “prevent Obama from being reelected?” I was just baffled by what they were really doing and saying – in public.
Toss in all of the kill analogies being thrown out by their girl Sarah Palin, and it is no real surprise that it has led to this.
You see, here is my attitude. I can listen to things like that and roll my eyes at both parties. But, if you are mentally not all there, then you might look at this rhetoric as a call to arms.
Sadly, there are many crazies out there.
I think our Islamic friend can vouch for that one given the bad wrap their entire religion has gotten thanks to their extremists.
Or hell, we can use our own Westboro Baptists friends to show us great examples of that for Christianity.
”If you’re worried that violent video games may make kids prone to bad behavior; if you think that misogynic and homophobic rap lyrics are dangerous to society; if you believe that a nipple in a Superbowl halftime show is a threat to our moral fabric–then surely you should also fear that the way public and media figures have framed political participation with shooting gallery imagery is just as potentially lethal.”
If you believe these things, you cannot stand by the hate speak – regardless of party. We have got to make that clear.
As a parent and wife of a teacher, I often hear others try to get their kids not to use the word hate to describe something. “You dislike it” is their response. We fear that word for our kids, but not in our politicians or in our media.
Look – we cannot have double standards. We cannot be careful about how our kids use it, but tolerate and cheer for leaders who use it too.
A person I am friends with on Facebook has been posting some questions of the day – questions his meditations book has been asking. Monday’s question was:
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
My response was simple:
“How easily disagreement and ignorance can turn into hate and violence”