And the YELLING continues….
After this weekend’s tragedy, I had a sliver of hope that both Conservatives and Progressives could tone things down a bit. I had hoped that, if only for a day, everyone could just be Americans. So much for hope.
I started over on Huffington Post to take a look at the comments. On Saturday, for the most part, people were just expressing their grief and wishing the victims and the victims families their best. We’ll come back to Huffington Post in a minute.
Then, for some strange reason, I was compelled to venture on over to Fox News. Looking back, I probably went over there for the same reason everyone slows down to look at a car accident. And let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. There were some level heads over there. But HOLY CRAP!! There was lots of complete insanity too. I can’t say I was surprised but I had hoped.
Then on Sunday, after calls from nearly everyone to tone down the rhetoric; Jan Brewer, Keith Olberman, John Boehner, President Obama, everyone, I went back to Huffington Post. Oye!!! What had been mostly well wishes had turned into an all out war on the Tea Party and Conservatives. Angry Progressives talking about how they were going to start fighting fire with fire. Making angry accusations and doing an awful lot of what they were claiming the Tea Party and Conservatives do. I kept posting the question:
Is this any way to help tone down the rhetoric? Can’t we put our anger aside for even 24 hours?
And I was pelted with angry replies. I’m not going to repost comments from either site. I don’t think it’s necessary and I don’t want to add life to their anger. But I was really disheartened. I had hoped that somewhere, cooler heads would prevail. Nope. In fact this just seems to have thrown fuel on the fire and turned a lot of Progressives I regularly communicate with on HP into left-wing zealots, at least for a day. I hope when they have had a chance to step back and put things in perspective they will realize they had become the mirror image of that which they despise and do more to help change the dialog for the better.
Until then I guess I’ll just keep trying to remind them of something they have been arguing:
Many of them have been talking about how there is no moral equivalency between what the right does and what the left does. In other words, they agree that sometimes the left goes too far but they contend that the left doesn’t go nearly as far as the right does and to compare the two as equal isn’t fair. And I agree. Harry Reid saying that people who vote against him are “evil” is nothing like Jan Brewer saying that if the Tea Party doesn’t get its way then they should look into “2nd Amendment remedies”. Do my Progressive friends want to be morally equivalent? They will be if they keep fanning the flames.