Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday Musings

I didn't even have to scrape ice off my car today. A small victory with a nod to Ice Cube... Let's muse.

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Just about everything that could be said about Saturday's sickening assassination attempt in Arizona was said in an awful big hurry. That said, I'm a blogger, and I'm required to have an opinion, so here are some...

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At the service of his predictably hacky response, Paul Krugman makes a point with which I agree. He writes:

It’s important to be clear here about the nature of our sickness. It’s not a general lack of “civility,” the favorite term of pundits who want to wish away fundamental policy disagreements. Politeness may be a virtue, but there’s a big difference between bad manners and calls, explicit or implicit, for violence; insults aren’t the same as incitement.
Setting aside the "sickness" business, this is absolutely correct. Pity he doesn't take this reasoning to its logical conclusion.

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I'm really looking forward to the hair-splitting arguments about the difference between cross-hairs and bulls-eyes, aren't you?

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Here's a deal for my lefty friends. Just as I didn't remind you that you were once up in arms over George W. Bush's alleged cocaine use, I also will not remind you of your sudden distaste for political metaphors that invoke violent imagery. Why? 'Cause I'm not that guy, and it would get annoying pretty quick.

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I'm reading a lot of arguments along the lines of "it doesn't matter whether the shooter was leftist or rightist. The climate of hate is spurring people to violence.

Gibberish. There is no such thing as a climate of hate. You are either inciting violence or you are not. If you are going to accuse someone of inciting violence, you are going to need to make a connection between rhetoric and action.

You can't have your cake and eat it, too. If you want to accuse someone of inciting violence, you had better make that case in a compelling fashion. Citing some nebulous notion of the atmosphere and climate makes you sound like a pussy.

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Speaking of... About this Sheriff Dupnick fellow. When you are sheriff, as a mass murder by a disturbed individual happens on your watch, I'm interested in hearing about what you are going to do to make sure it doesn't happen again. Whether or not Rush Limbaugh is indirectly responsible viz. atmospheric tampering, the sheriff is the one paid to make sure people don't die.

I'm glad he has opinions on politics and stuff. That's real cute. It's great for people to be involved in our political process. Maybe he should run for political office someday.

Until you do, be a sheriff, eh?

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And, let's all be reminded, political rhetoric has ALWAYS been brutal. There has never, EVER been a point in American history when Americans said "you know what, I might disagree with some of these ideas, but I'm pretty much fine trying whatever."

Hamilton was shot in the testicles. Nixon was burned in effigy. Bush was compared to Hitler. Somebody actually took the time to kill James Garfield.

If you are just now discovering the fact that politics is a tough business, read some history. If you are pretending to do so, don't expect to persuade any reasonable person with your opportunism.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Roger said...

I'm really looking forward to the hair-splitting arguments about the difference between cross-hairs and bulls-eyes, aren't you?

Your old friend at God's Politics has done the hair-splitting. Actually, he hasn't. He's just asserted there's a difference without any back up evidence.

http://blog.sojo.net/2011/01/10/an-attack-on-the-soul-of-the-nation/#comment-128245392

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