Wednesday, January 12, 2011

MoveOn.org calls for “Debate, Not Hate”

I got an email yesterday from MoveOn.org asking me to sign their “Debate, not hate” petition. Here’s what the email said –
While we may never know what exactly motivated the shooter in Arizona—and while there are many lessons to draw from this tragedy—one thing is clear: Our country must turn away from the culture of violent, hateful rhetoric that has been pervading our political discourse for too long.

Nearly 200,000 people have signed our "Debate, not hate" petition. It calls on politicians and the media to stop spreading hateful rhetoric and implicit appeals to violence. Can you sign the petition today?

Just click here: http://pol.moveon.org/debatenothate/?id=25774-6585967-IOSIDZx&t=1

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Here's what the petition says: "I call for an end to all overt or implied appeals to violence in American politics. We must debate, not hate."
While I agree that the rhetoric in this country needs to be toned down and more civil, I am a bit dubious of MoveOn.org’s intentions. These folks are pretty guilty of incendiary speech themselves so to try to take the high road on this is a bit hypocritical. That having been said, just looking at what the petition says, on the surface it is something that I agree with. Not as much the part about violent speech, but just the hateful tone of political speech in general is a serious problem.

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