…but I’m going to leave that up to you, and you are more than welcome to contribute links and discuss. This is just a prompt.
My concern is: “What exactly brought us here, and can it be reversed, or do we have to wait this thing out?”
Links to start:
- LGF – Arlen Specter’s much discussed town-hall meeting (full video here), and in case you’re wondering about the man with the gun.
- Of course, these things aren’t exclusively happening on the Right – you can get beaten for having the wrong opinions, and no one will care.
There’s tons more: the general narrative seems to be that the Right is into a host of conspiracy theory, and is only “united” by the worst sort of emotional appeal. The Left seems to be putting forth a very slick package based on a host of misrepresentations and lies, and is not above using conspiracy theory to fire back. The political discourse of America seems far more fractured than it was under President Bush, and this is most emphatically not Bush’s fault. I’m not blaming President Obama, either: somehow we got it in our heads that this is an acceptable way of conducting politics, and as Rousseau points out, once a sense of restraint is gone in a democracy, it is not very easy to get back.
Of course it can be argued that all I’m seeing is isolated incidents: when people start rioting and destroying things, that’s when we know things have gone too far. So I dunno – again, discussion time.