October 31, 2003
On Civility, and the New Po...
On Civility, and the New Political Landscape: Andrew Northrup makes a shrewd observation:
I've noticed some recent changes in the nature of the political debate in this country which I thought I'd share with my readers. Perhaps you have noticed some of these same things yourself. I feel it is instructive, at times, to step back a bit, take the "big picture" view, and see what it can tell us about ourselves, and the world around us. It is this which I intend to do here.
I've noticed, recently, that people who disagree with me are stupid and dumb. I can't really believe they are as stupid and dumb as they seem, so I think they must be crazy as well....
Posted by at October 31, 2003 06:17 PM
Northup is correct. They ought to teach this in school. I suppose they teach it in church (Ecclesiastes 1:9-14: "There is nothing new under the sun.")
Some people whine, and columnists often write, about a new and distressing harshness in public discourse. How many times have you read that column? It turns up eventually in every kind of organ that makes money by killing trees. And three a four times a week, a goof on Capital Hill will announce that as it turns out, Republicans (Dems/whoever) are fucked in the head.
Contention is how it's DONE. As Paglia used to say, if you can't handle it, stay home and do your nails.
I'm tellin' ya.