I will say a couple of things avoiding any partisan indications at all…
1) It is ALWAYS bad strategy to convince yourself that your opponent is stupid. It doesn’t help you fight him, because it makes you underestimate him. From a more pastoral standpoint, calling your opponent a stupid idiot makes you less inclined to take him to your heart and engage him in any real dialogue.
2) People who go around calling Americans who disagree with them stupid, neo-Nazi, moronic, freedom squelching, bigotted and intolerant theocrats, must then wait a mandatory fifteen minutes before bemoaning the “frightening,” divisive, uncivil rhetoric that is splitting us all into two Americas…. I mean, just to keep all of our heads from spinning around too fast.
3) In the end, all the frenzy just sounds like so much toddleresque, foot-stamping temper tantrums. Always getting what you want is bad for you. It makes you think it is the end of the world when someone shockingly steps in and takes some of your toys away.
Barbara Nicolosi on Civility, Despite Our Differences
November 9, 2004 by