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We live in a much, much, more complex society today than that of the 18th century, and we need correspondingly much more government
I think that one of the points I wanted to get across is that the right and left in this country both embody various principles of the founders. If we could somehow put the fringe elements and the demonization aside, we might discover that we're not so alien from one another after all.
So let's see how fucking brilliant I truly am.
In regards to civil discourse in my estimation the combination of partisan talk radio, partisan cable TV, partisan internet sites has ratcheted up and amplified what is actually, by historical standards, a normal animosity filled diametrically opposed right vs left struggle for power, which hasexisted since the beginning of the founding of the country. The bitterness and the spread between the way right and left think is no different now than it always has been, advances in technology have just made it more pronounced.
.................... The bitterness and the spread between the way right and left think ........................
There is no difference. You are both driven by a fascistic version of Statism in which War both at home & in foreign lands is the health of the State.
"We live in a much, much, more complex society today than that of the 18th century, and we need correspondingly much more government,"Trite, often claimed and utterly untrue. Most of what the Federals do is not only unConstitutional but actively harmful to the vast majority of Citiizens, including 70 - 80% of the military budget.A weak toothless federal government would be a Blessing.
This is the reason Jefferson thought that the Constitution should be rewritten for each generation.
i heart a lot of this talk of civility. i think one of our mistakes is to think that back in the day politics used to be more civil. i just do not know. i mean Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton. Not exactly the epitome of civil discourse. Think of the attempts by Conway and associates to remove Washington, they use of innuendo and outright smears.
with regard to people being alike, i am not so sure. i can agree with people every once in a while but i don't think that people whose first thought is "kill the homosexual", i am referring here to ivan, is someone to whom i could compare myself. Would you compare yourself to that person? Is political and sexual violence your go to in political disagreement?
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