In response to:

Maybe We Really Can’t All Just Get Along

roosonhead Wrote: Nov 18, 2012 2:57 PM
Mickey, thank you for the reply and explanation. I think you and I are closer than you think on this. I'm more trying to get at the way we talk about what's going on. Demonization doesn't move the ball toward our side; rather, I believe that it only creates noise, it doesn't provide necessary ideological footing for peoples' opinions to stand-on long term. We should call evil, evil; but we shouldn't overreach and risk losing credibility or the chance to get others to ponder our base principles. I think taking a tone in our rhetoric that is overly inflammatory risks too much. I'm more for Reagan's "Evil Empire" style, than the scorched earth of our current political mudslinging

During the Los Angeles riots of 1992, Rodney King famously asked, “Can’t we all just get along?” The answer should be an easy and unequivocal “yes,” but it seems less and less likely these days.

King was speaking in term of race, but the same could be said of political ideology. Liberals, conservatives and every other point on the political spectrum used to co-exist fairly easily (with the exception of left-wing anarchists who don’t get along with anyone). But these days détente has given way to anger and open hostility.

Some, not all, people have become less civil to those...