Via MaderBlog here’s a nice comment from Dave Barry:
You know what I miss? I miss 1960. Not the part about my face turning overnight into the world’s most productive zit farm. What I miss is the way the grown-ups acted about the Kennedy-Nixon race. Like the McCain-Obama race, that was a big historic deal that aroused strong feelings in the voters. This included my parents and their friends, who were fairly evenly divided, and very passionate. They’d have these major honking arguments at their cocktail parties. But unlike today, when people wear out their upper lips sneering at those who disagree with them, the 1960s grown-ups of my memory, whoever they voted for, continued to respect each other and remain good friends.
What was their secret? Gin. On any given Saturday night they consumed enough martinis to fuel an assault helicopter. But also they were capable of understanding a concept that we seem to have lost, which is that people who disagree with you politically are not necessarily evil or stupid. My parents and their friends took it for granted that most people were fundamentally decent and wanted the best for the country. So they argued by sincerely (if loudly) trying to persuade each other. They did not argue by calling each other names, which is pointless and childish, and which constitutes I would estimate 97 percent of what passes for political debate today.
Also good: Whoever Wins, Chill A Bit
Right on. While “the other guy is evil” line may prove to be effective political campaigning, it has unfortunately now made its way into normal political discourse in the US. I think this is extremely destructive to a society as a whole.
I’m glad we haven’t yet reached that level up here in Canada, but it may not be far off. I try to give Prime Minister Harper the benefit of the doubt, as tough as that may be sometimes. However, I’ve never thought of my conservative friends as being bad people or adversaries because of their political views. It’s actually surprising how much agreement there is when I sit down and talk with someone who is supposed to be on the opposite of the political spectrum from me. We all want pretty much the same things and can learn from each others points of view. Real people don’t need “wedge issues” and fake disagreements.