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Politics & Power

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The Declining State of What is Considered Acceptable Dialogue in America

Recently there was a poll on Facebook asking if people thought President Obama should be killed. My first response to that was “What the hell!?!” but when I stopped and thought about it I wasn’t actually as surprised as I might have been even a few years ago. When we have a member of Congress yelling at the President calling him a liar during a televised address to a joint session of Congress and another Representative calling him “an enemy of humanity” it is no great surprise that the people on the internet are asking inappropriate questions about killing the leader of our nation. The question we as a nation need to ask is “Where did we go wrong?”

There was a time in our nation when 95% or more of Americans would have been appalled at the notion of someone polling people about killing the President. Now it seems that people are not even fazed by it. Over 700 people actually responded to the poll before it was pulled by Facebook. The moral compass of America seems to be seriously damaged if not broken entirely. Where we once would not think of allowing videotaped acts of vandalism or harassment on television outside of a newscast, we now have “Jackass”, which not only shows it but glorifies the idiocy that drives it. We protect internet hate-driven websites as “free speech” while railing against tax money being spent on PBS, which provides free educational television to our children and newscasts unaffected by sponsors and advertisers that might pull their ads if the newscaster paints them in an unfavorable light. Our priorities are seemingly entirely upside down.

The question we should all be asking is where does this end? What is the likely outcome of the decline of civility in America? When the dialogue turns from honest disagreements about policy to personal attacks and the public forum turns from asking if people are right and wrong in their stands to asking if the President of the United States should be murdered there is a problem. We are becoming far too accepting of once unacceptable behavior. Civilization is dependent in part on civil discourse. We cannot make progress as a species if we simply kill off those who disagree with us. Progress comes through the exchange of ideas and using the best of all ideas to find solutions. When we close ourselves off from opposing views and simply try to eliminate opposition we stop progressing. Without growth and progress life becomes mere existence and loses all meaning, becoming worthless and disposable. But progress is not supposed to be simple or without effort. It is the effort of our lives that defines us as a people. We must struggle and work to grow and achieve progress. That does not mean however that we must fight dirty and win at all costs. Great progress often is achieved by learning from mistakes and losing the battle once in a while. Progress is achieved by taking the valid points of an opposing viewpoint and modifying one’s own position to be correct and logical as opposed to being obsessed with “winning”. If we don’t begin to embrace progress through discourse we will surely wither and die as a species.

America is at a crossroads. We can either choose discourse and progress or monolithic ideologies and stagnation. Stagnation leads to death. If we don’t want to kill our country we should think long and hard about what we will accept in the dialogue about the issues facing our nation. Calling people names and attacking people as opposed to policies will solve nothing. America cannot afford a win-at-all-costs mentality on either side of the political debate. There must be actual discussion and compromise if we are to find solutions for all Americans instead of for only a select vocal few. Loud voices do not indicate a majority. If we simply let the vocal minority run the show for too long the silent majority will lose. The vocal minority are usually the most extreme views within their group. If we allow the extremes to drive the debate we will end up with extreme policies that most of us don’t want, gridlock or violent upheaval when the extremists from the other side feel like taking extreme action is justified. If we don’t speak out against violence, hate speech and extremism we are giving silent approval to it. That isn’t good for anyone.

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Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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