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Destroying America from withinPosted Friday, September 18, 2009, at 1:49 PM
I just glanced over yet another anti-Obama tirade hot off the fax machine.
As usual, the words "conspiracy" and "treason" are used against the president, who allegedly "acts in contempt with freedom and maliciously tampers with democracy, promoting animosity while...using his position as president against America."
Okay. That's just one side of the story.
Here's another view from a leader of the pro-Obama forces: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made," Pelosi said of harsh rhetoric from her opponents. "Some of the people hearing the message are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume.
"Our country is great because people can say what they think and they believe. But I also think that they have to take responsibility for any incitement that they may cause."
I guess rabid conservatives now interpret "not as balanced" as saying they're insane and "take responsibility for any incitement" as saying they should be jailed. See how wrong meanings can be read into anything?
Enthusiasm is good, though, if it doesn't involve attacking individuals as persons as opposed to individuals' beliefs. I'm not the biggest fan of Pelosi, either.
My point is that disagreement is good within a democracy if it leads to discussion and resolution of issues. Disagreement with the intent of destroying the opponent leads to fracturing the nation as a whole. Then, as both sides tear apart each other, some other force sneaks in unaware and wreaks havoc.
Example: Osama Bin Laden.
The solution: A three-or-more party political system.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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