Saturday, January 15, 2011

President Obama’s Speech

I finally got a chance to listen to President Obama’s speech from Wednesday’s memorial and all I can say is that is the man that I voted for! If President Obama conducted himself in this way at all times, he would have my complete support. I’m not the only one who approved of the speech, Neal Boortz and Bill O’Reilly liked it as well.

From O’Reilly’s column –
The struggle for political dominance in this country is now so intense that scorched earth is the order of the day. The left is furious that the progressive agenda is failing, while the right believes it is on the cusp of losing traditional America and must take drastic measures to save the Republic. In the middle of all this is a relatively inexperienced liberal thinking President who often looks stunned by the vitriol directed toward him.

There is no question that, with the rise of the Internet, where anonymous bloggers can level the vilest accusations, the political debate has changed for the worse. No longer is the smartest guy in the room awarded the trophy. Now the accolades often go to smear merchants who delight in personal attacks and injurious invective.


The question now becomes whether the public will walk away from the guttersnipes—and I am betting 'no' on that question. The easy and provocative stimulation provided by the net has numbed some folks. What used to be outrageous is now commonplace. Standards of behavior in political analysis are gone and will not come back unless viewers, listeners, and readers demand it, and why should they? After all, it is far more entertaining to hear trash talk than civil discourse.

Of course, there are times when bad guys need to be confronted in tough ways. Villains must be called out in no uncertain terms, and robust debate can be a very good thing, if facts are used to illuminate harmful situations. But using death to fan speculative defamation should be unacceptable in a noble country. That is rock bottom.

President Obama did a service to the nation by asking people to stop hurting each other with irresponsible words. He is now on the record as decrying the ideologues who are damaging the country. Critical mass has been reached.
O’Reilly is right and so is the President. We must expect more from our discourse but sadly it’s probably not going to happen. For as long as I’ve been writing this blog, I have talked about the pathetic state of our civil discourse. Often I’ve been told that I’m either wrong, naïve, or simply an idiot. I truly hope that we as a society learn from this tragedy and listen to the President’s words of wisdom.

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