Civility in Politics. Where did it go?

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I have seen it many times. Go to just about any Facebook page or chat room that discusses politics and you will see folks that would normally be civil in person, spouting vulgarity and insults. It’s the benefit of anonymity, I guess. It’s the same with twitter. Someone evidently put up a bot so that every time Trump posts on twitter, it sends ten posts to push his post off the page.

But it seems we have crossed a serious line. Now there are people protesting at Trump rallies carrying a bag of rocks to swing at peoples heads, or eggs that could potentially blind a person. When did it become acceptable to use fear (read that as terrorism) to prevent or punish people for attending a rally to listen to what a political candidate has to say?

I don’t begrudge anyone an opportunity to listen to whoever they deem worth their time. Why would anyone else? Are people so afraid of what Trump has to say that they need to resort to terrorism to make folks afraid to go listen to him? Are we living in a third world country where intimidation or violence determines the winning candidate in a so-called open election?

I wrote a post some time ago about how our founding fathers would be ashamed of what we have become. This is a good example of why.

If you don’t like Trump, don’t go listen to him. If you don’t like Hillary, ignore her. But, if you prevent others from listening or attending rallies through intimidation, threats or physical violence, that makes you a terrorist.

Our system of government is founded on the principal that the people control the power. We can be civil and still retain the power over who governs this country through the vote.

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The Urge To Fix It

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What is it about folks that gives them the urge to fix it, even when the thing in question perhaps isn’t broken in the first place?

A very good example involves my brother. Don’t get me wrong, I love my brother. He’s a great guy with a good heart and is intelligent despite occasionally not thinking things through. Continue reading