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  •  Now who's taking pleasure in inflicting pain? (5+ / 0-)

    I understand the emotion, but this is where being consistent in peaceful, nonviolence and civil disobedience requires a determined maturity.  It's too easy to slip back into dehumanizing those we oppose.  It's one thing to lampoon positions taken by conservatives with insightful humor.  It's another to express an inciting desire to see physical harm done.  We decry this when we see opponents doing it (and get madder when they seem to get away with it).  It takes serious discipline to not mirror back the violence we feel aimed at us, especially when feeling it is an egregiously unfair attack.  If we're carrying the banner of peace and civility, we can't also be mounting a spit.

    When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

    by antirove on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 04:23:03 PM PST

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    •  Pompous jeremiads (1+ / 0-)
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      As to your typical long harangues and reprimands with impertinant suggestions for your imagined culprits more perfect behavior, they may or may not be valued very highly by other recipients...
       My remark was no more 'inciting' than singing, "We'll hang John Brown from a sour apple tree,"!  It was only a mere jest in the same vein as a couple of other comments previously made on this string.
      Did I offend thee, Effendi?  Terribly sorry!

      ! The swinistic greed and racial hatred of the American ruling elite is abysmal !

      by joe wobblie on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 05:47:29 PM PST

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