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Thread #64299   Message #1054886
Posted By: musicmick
16-Nov-03 - 03:45 PM
Thread Name: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
Subject: RE: BS: Modest Proposal to end the civil war
I have checked and rechecked my messages and that of Kent's and at no time, did we compare the word "nigger" with the word "cracker. Kent never used the former and I never used either. The lack of civility on this thread is appalling. To some folks, disagreement marks the disagreer as a racist Nazi tool of the powers that be. My God, Guest, grow up. There is a spectrum of positions out there in the real world.
I promise you, Bobert, our planet is not divided into good guys and baddies. Intolerence, it seems, it not the sole realm of the Right.
Another crossover concept (from traditional right to left) is a distrust and disrespect for the people. When they don't vote the way we know they should, we dismiss them as duped and seduced. We can't believe that they could reach another conclusion through intelect. They can't be as smart as we are or else they would agree with us. Talk about arrogant.
I have been an activist for populist causes and for civil rights for fifty years. I was on the lines when that was a less than safe spot to be. I don't need to be lectured on the iniquities of the American social structure. Today, we couldn't get a decent crowd at a rally if we gave away Green Stamps. I have sung to labor unions where the apathy was rife. As a lifelong liberal, I am embarassed to admit that the fervor is all on the right. If you're looking for crowds and commitment, go to a "Pro-Life" event. I might add that the far right involves themselves in party politics and, by sheer numbers, make their voice heard and respected. We used to do that, too. Now, we bitch and moan that we can't fight city hall (or Wall Street or Big Oil or Enron) so we balm ourselves by accusing each other of linguistic heresy and counter revolutionary free thought. I contend that the kind of carping featured in this thread is as great a threat to progressive thought as all the Bushes in the hedgerow.