[ROVERNET - UK] Prejudice on the Rovernet..again (possible
rovercar at comcast.net
Sat Oct 21 18:21:42 BST 2006
> Glen, your political commentary is also misplaced, but politics is an
> accepted blood sport here now. Too bad. Both parties have much to offer.
Not so happy about being chastised for my political commentary in a
posting headed "Prejudice on the Rovernet" since your statements were
certainly much more political than my own. Individuals can apparently
differ about exactly where political commentary crosses the line into
prejudice and racism, but I'm not sure any forum needs to be COMPLETELY
without political commentary. A touch of commentary teaches us about
each other, while most diatribes just get ignored.
What I said was: "As far as the USA goes, it has at least become
statistically verifiable that most Americans don't like where we are,
what we've been doing or where we've been heading. Considering that we
have operated under an unchecked one-party system for the past six
years, it's surprising that more damage hasn't been done."
I speak up once in a while when it seems like the world is only seeing
one aspect of America. Unfortunately, the ones doing the most damage are
not individual private citizens. Saying that "both parties have much to
offer" is fine, but it is sort of a softball comment that implies that
it makes no real difference which party's policies become reality. As a
wise man once said, "You shall know them by their fruits."
Not all Americans are happy with or complacent about what the United
States government has been doing in the name of its citizens. Tell some
Iraqi civilians that American politics has become "an accepted blood
sport" and they would have to be amazed at the irony in the choice of
words. The stakes are pretty high right now on the U.S. political scene.
What's going on is not a game or an intellectual exercise in civics. The
lives of real people the world over are affected by our political
machinations. Whatever one's politics might be, we all have a
responsibility to take a stand and do what little we can to steer things
in the right direction.
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