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    Malcolm also touched on something I would like to see end: Talking past each other.

    Many seem so beholden to their own opinions that they can't hear those with different opinions. And I think that is something that Barack Obama is also trying to teach us as a nation. And for the record, I'm not a 'centrist' and I don't think Democrats should be advocating and adopting Republican policies.

    As individuals and a society, however, we need to embrace and respect diversity. When we do that, we can foster unity. The current climate of polarization must be broken.

    There is no more important struggle for American democracy than ensuring a diverse, independent and free media. - Bill Moyers

    by StepLeftStepForward on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 03:05:43 AM PDT

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      I just read a recommended-by-me rant by NearlyNormal in response to an email from his dad, which ended with this:

      Do I seem pissed?  I have to tell you, it is not just because of some douchebag casino owner.  It is because there seems to be two kinds of people in America:  people who try to make America better for the greatest number of people on one side and people who lie, deny scientific evidence, and try to kill you for being a democrat on the other.  In case Fox hasn't been covering it, there was yet another murderous patriot last week on the hunt for liberals.  He was going to go shoot up the ACLU in San Francisco because Glenn Beck put it in his mind to.  He was going to go kill liberals...liberals like me.  And every time your friends fire off another email full of lies, the world gets a little less safe for people like me.  And that is why I am pissed.

      In my response, I came up with this:

      The 'two kinds of people' part is so true. I think the only way to change the other kind is to get very personal with them, to boil it down to YOU + ME = US.

      Nice that US = United States, America, patriotism.

      While the overwhelming majority of the Faux-hate-radio-Talebangelical-teabagger-militia-racist folks aka The Brainwashed are very likely lost causes, there are plenty we can save from that fate, if we try.

      There is no more important struggle for American democracy than ensuring a diverse, independent and free media. - Bill Moyers

      by StepLeftStepForward on Sat Jul 24, 2010 at 03:55:35 AM PDT

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    •  current climate of polarization must be broken (1+ / 0-)
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      totally totally agree.

      btw, this started as a diary. there's a Brandeis quote on the Constitution being "deliberately inefficient" (diverse?), "to preclude the exercise of arbitrary power".

      once I gnaw on Teh Van a little more -- I mean his words of course! -- I'll post it.

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