We’re Number One!


Finally, Memphis leads the country in something: we’re the first place a gun was carried into a town hall meeting on health care reform.

I continue, by the way, to be utterly disheartened by the nature of this debate.  It’s the ugliest America’s domestic debate has been since I can remember.  Not even the Bush-era debates over the 2000 election or torture or domestic spying, or the Clinton impeachment, or the Anita Hill hearings were this septic.

All the stops have been pulled.  All sense of decency left behind.  All rhetorical restraints cast off.  It’s just tell the vilest lies you can think of, as often as you can manage, so loudly that there’s no chance of you or anyone else hearing any evidence to the contrary.  Nothing is out of bounds.  Not for the activists, not for the pundits, not even for the supposed intelligentsia and the elected officials, who, historically, generally try to keep from wallowing in the muckiest ditches even while they encourage others to dredge the bottom for them.  This time it’s unadulterated filth.  From everybody.  All the time.

From top to bottom, stem to stern, Dan to Beersheba, conservatism in this country has gone completely insane.

I don’t say that as a liberal or a partisan of any kind, and I don’t say it to score rhetorical points.  I say it as a historical observer, because it worries me.

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2 Responses to “We’re Number One!”

  1. Terry Says:

    Hey, looky who agrees witcha (source: msnbc.com)…

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is calling for civil discourse on President Barack Obama’s health care proposal. Her latest posting on Facebook came just days after she characterized Obama’s plan as “downright evil.”

    Palin now says there are many disturbing details in the bill. But she says people must stick to discussion of the issues “and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment.”

  2. urbino Says:

    That’s mavericky.

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