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  •  I realise the debate today is about the dangers (2+ / 0-)
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    empresskara, Aquagranny911

    of verbal violence turning to physical danger. I also feel we need to try and understand and contribute to the positive actions that are being taken under the influence of a more thoughful and inclusive attitude brought about by the recent election.

    Fear of the 'Other' is basically at the heart of this hostility and all of us can assist in alleviating that atmosphere of hate and fear and paranoia.

    http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.c...

    Nowhere is that as obvious as America's attitude toward immigrants and how we can help incorporate young newcomers into our society and instill our values and help them assimilate into a new society.

    It is this hatred of 'outsiders' and those who are perceived as different that is at the root of much of this hatred that spills over into violent action.

    •  Fear of the "other" (1+ / 0-)
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      soccergrandmom

      Also plagues this discussion on our end.

      One day posterity will remember, this strange era, these strange times, when ordinary common honesty was called courage. -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

      by RandomActsOfReason on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 12:28:06 PM PDT

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      •  Uh, no. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not "afraid" of rightwing nutjobs.

        In 1993, NO Republicans voted for the most successful economic program in history. NOT ONE. Wrong then, wrong now.

        by The Creator on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 01:40:42 PM PDT

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        •  There is plenty of fear here (2+ / 0-)
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          soccergrandmom, Ms Citizen

          calls for imprisoning, using RICO statues, trying for "sedition" and "treason" against folks exercising their 1st Amendment rights in lawful ways that happen to contain content we object to.

          Demonizing statements such as "Democrats Complain, Republicans Shoot".

          Calls to "string 'em up" and calls for liberals to go out and buy guns are applauded

          Comments calling Norris comments "seditious" and "treasonous" have gotten well over one hundred recommends each, as have calls to invoke the Smith Act.

          The Smith Act!

          If you haven't seen them, you haven't been paying attention. And if you insist on pretending that my comment was directed personally again you, whoever you are, then you are being ridiculous.

          One day posterity will remember, this strange era, these strange times, when ordinary common honesty was called courage. -- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

          by RandomActsOfReason on Wed Mar 11, 2009 at 02:24:48 PM PDT

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