posted on May, 15 2008 @ 12:37 PM
Unfortunately, this thread is a perfect representation of what has happened to the political dialogue in this country. We insult, we ridicule, hang
labels on people, make incredibly stupid accusations without any substance. We distort positions, we distort issues, we make preposterous comparisons
and generally carry on like 4th graders.
It didn't used to be this way. Back in the 1970s, before the TV news channels and all the radio pundits, we had a sane, level-headed discussions of
the issues and where we should be headed. Everything was discussed on the basis of what was real, on the basis of having substantive reasons for what
you say. It was boring to the average knuckle-dragger, who was generally not interested.
And no, I'm sorry, "McCain scares me" and "Obama is so ugly he made an onion cry" (which is a joke I heard over 30 years ago) is not
That's the problem. We've tried to turn the national political discussion into entertainment, which is not what it should be.
Unfortunately, when you start name-calling, ridiculing, distorting, getting all whupped up about anyone who has a different opinion than you and
turning politics into melodrama it appeals to people with limited intellects who can't really understand most of the issues anyway. And there are a
lot of them so it means big ratings, more books sold, etc.
And I know it won't change. That's the depressing part for somebody who really loves his country like me.
[edit on 15-5-2008 by ClintK]