Today ten states make a decision about the Republican presidential nominee. I just looked at a few polls and if they are right, today will be a good day overall for Mitt Romney.
Barring something really drastic, it looks like Romney will win the nomination. I guess he just couldn’t risk taking a stand about Limbaugh’s comments, other than to say they were “inappropriate.” But at least he’s keeping it civil, right?
Wrong. He’s been very uncivil in his attacks on Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. I think this civility thing is situational.
I’m tired of the false equivalence. “Both sides need to be more civil.” For those of us who have criticized the Democrats for not having backbones, we need to start growing a backbone ourselves.
It’s nice to imagine that everyone out there has good intentions – they just have different ideas about how to get things done. That is simply not true and we feed bad intentions when we pretend that it is.
- There are many people who still believe that blacks should go back to Africa if they don’t like the way things are run here.
- There are many people who believe that it was white people who created this country and it really belongs to them.
- There are many people who believe that God will destroy America if it continues to “allow” homosexuality.
- There are many people who believe we must run our country according to the King James version of the Christian Bible.
- There are many people who believe that rich people deserve their wealth and poor people just aren’t trying hard enough.
- There are many people who believe it is okay for men to have sex but not okay for women.
These beliefs are not just “different.” We cannot treat them as if they are just “inappropriate.”
We need to call out people like Rush Limbaugh, and also call out those in prominent positions who are afraid to call out people like Rush Limbaugh.
The great moral leaders of history -- Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, and yes, the founders of this great nation -- did not go through life muting what they believed or had to say so that it would not offend anyone. People who matter speak up for what they believe in.
Yes, there are many people with good intentions in the Republican Party. Those who advocate for low taxes, smaller government, fewer regulations, and they are solid, wise, generous, smart people. They need to speak up too, lest their Republican party become irrelevant in this process, as it lurches further and further away from science and decency.
If you want to counter back that both parties have their extremes, please give me examples of Democrats being as offensive as today’s Republican presidential candidates, and the audiences that cheer them on during debates.