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Has The Tone Of The Immigration Debate Become Dangerous?: Left of Center View

Of course. Any debate has the potential to become dangerous. It was the whole should we pay taxes but not have representation debate that started this country. Good thing from the U.S. perspective, not so much if you're British. Most big movements come from small actions, Rosa Parks for example; many credit her for starting the Civil Rights Movement simply by NOT standing up, on a bus. Still kind of ironic.

Debates are always dangerous, but they are also needed to move things forward, to the front of the bus if you will. But it is equally important to realize what the issue is before the debate gets too heated. Civil Rights when broken down and examined decades later make the society that needed a movement to create them barbaric. Can you imagine today not being allowed to sit where you wanted to on "public" transportation, in a Nation that still called itself the land of the free?

So while we immigrants argue and debate the fate of others now walking in our forefathers shoes perhaps we should apply a little hindsight with our foresight. The debate needs to be focused not heated as there are plenty of issues that need to be dealt with, but with intelligence not anger.

Anger, isn't that what we really mean when we talk about danger. Debate isn't dangerous, the anger it inspires is. And this misdirection can be even more damaging. The horrible shootings last week have been linked to the Immigration Debate. The shootings have pushed immigration back into the spotlight and made it a hot topic. But why the hell are we talking about border control when this situation is really about gun control?

Thanks for listening,

Bill


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Has The Tone Of The Immigration Debate Become Dangerous?: Right of Center View

Every time there is some violent act directed toward a politician the liberals want to blame it on the ďtone of the debateĒ. While the events that happened in Arizona recently are tragic I donít think they had anything to do with the current debate about immigration or any other issue. The guy that did it was crazy. The more we learn about the guy the clearer that becomes. Politics is a full contact sport and sometimes people say mean things about each other. Thatís the nature of the beast.

As for the ďtoneĒ being dangerous that could be said of virtually anything that involves things people are passionate about. There is always a certain amount of potential for some head case to turn a normal political debate into a reason to start shooting. People have had violent disagreements about political issues for as long as there has been political debate. Julius Caesar was killed in the Roman Senate because other politicians felt he needed to be done away with. Iím pretty sure it didnít start as blood lust. It likely began as a normal political debate and escalated into a murderous mob killing their leader.

That being said, we donít need to be stupid about how we discuss the issues in public. When you use symbolism to make your point you need to always be aware that some people might take it in a way you had not intended and choose your words and symbols carefully. Freedom of speech does not mean that you are immune from responsibility for the things you say. The more over-the-top the things you say are, the more likely some unstable person is to act on them in a way that you did not intend. If you want to enjoy the benefits of the freedom of speech you need to also accept the consequences of your actions when things you say lead to problems.

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