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NATION: How are we to heal our society?

Letter by Jim R. Friedman, Gig Harbor on Jan. 26, 2011 at 1:39 pm with 25 Comments »
January 26, 2011 3:03 pm

Over the last decade or so, we collectively have gotten stuck in emotionally reacting to what we hear and have stopped thinking. We have generously consumed the emotions of fear, anger and animosity. As we continue this consumption we have exhibited more violence, drug and alcohol misuse, and alienation from each other.

The state of our union is in shatters. Our nation’s financial health is on life support. We easily blame and point fingers at who caused this: big business, conservatives, liberals, Republicans, Democrats, foreigners. Just mentioning these may stir our emotions. And then we re-feed our own emotional negativeness and separatism.

How are we to heal our nation, our society, ourselves? What reunifies us as a people? It seems to take a tragedy like the shooting in Tucson or 9/11. Only then are we “rebooted” to being human beings that want to unite and work together.

We need to reclaim our civility, our humanness, and hold our leaders to working together for this better good. Then we begin the work of healing our nation and its citizenry.

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  1. America will not be a great country again until the gop cult is disbanded.

  2. Reclaiming our brains might be a good start.

  3. We need something to work for as a nation, a goal…

    …rather than just having multiple endless “wars” on this or that…..war on poverty, war on drugs, war on terrorism….

    Rather than all this stuff to be “afraid” of, we need something positive to strive for….

    That is one thing I liked about Obama’s speech, we do need something similar to the Apollo project….

  4. America will not be a great country again until the DNC cult is disbanded.

  5. tit-for-tat only lowers you to the level of the tat.

  6. obviously sue and Roll cancel each other out.

    Isn’t that the point of Jim’s letter?

  7. Yes

    My bad or countering a former contributor.

  8. Does anyone else care to respond to Mr. Friedman’s question?

    Any ideas, or is it just gonna be more partisan trolling?

  9. Gwil I agree, we need a national goal, Clean/renewable energy is it because fossil fuels are dirty and finite and we need to face up to it.

  10. I’m not sure I’m willing to accept the premise that Tucson or 9/11 reunified us. Even as the events of 9-11 unfolded (and Tuscon for that matter) there were pundits and politicians pontificating about “what did he know and when did he know it” or (with no evidence) blaming Palin or Beck for the Tucson shooting.

  11. Roncella says:

    Jim, Go back and review your history of America. Our constitution was debated and debated with lots of heated discussion with many different opinions, and points of view.

    There is nothing wrong with debate or heated disagreements. So long as folks still respect each other in the process, and agree to disagree on certain issues.

    This distorted opinion of lets all hold hands and just get along is not realistic or doable.

    There are strong differences on both sides and they need to be aired and debated and discussed its call democracy.

  12. JudasEscargot says:

    I’m all for debate and discussion. Can someone please tell me how this qualifies as either?

    “I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. … No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus — band — Do, and I’ve lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, ‘Yeah, I’d kill Michael Moore,’ and then I’d see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I’d realize, ‘Oh, you wouldn’t kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn’t choke him to death.’ And you know, well, I’m not sure.” –responding to the question “What would people do for $50 million?”, “The Glenn Beck Program,” May 17, 2005

  13. Roncella says:

    Judas,

    Go back and review the hateful, nasty remarks made about President Bush and VP Cheney for almost 6 years straight. There are extremes on both sides especially the far left, liberal, progressive side.

  14. The GOP supports only the special interests of the Rich and Big Business.

    The Dems at least show some support for the working and middle classes that are the last and only hope for saving America as we know it.

    Roncella – have someone read the 1st Amendment to you.

  15. JudasEscargot says:

    Roncella:

    Your hyperbole stands in the way of clear thinking.

    Show me ONE documented comment by a media person that talked about killing Bush or Cheney and you’ll have my attention.

    Meanwhile, you have demonstrated that you are willing to back people like Beck, all the while misconstruing his diatribe as “debate”.

  16. JudasEscargot says:

    A report by a federal watchdog agency finding that officials in the administration of George W. Bush systematically broke a law against improper political activity in 2006 might intensify questions about the current administration’s dispatching of officials to aid endangered Democrats in the last cycle.

    The Office of Special Counsel, a small agency charged with enforcing workplace rules in the federal government, issued a report Monday concluding that officials in the White House Office of Political Affairs and in 10 federal agencies violated the Hatch Act, which bars improper political activity by federal officials, in coordinated efforts to aid Republican House, Senate, and gubernatorial candidates in the runup to the 2006 midterm elections.

    Hateful or just true?

  17. JudasEscargot says:

    OH…and Roncella….just because you disagree with someone, that doesn’t define their comments as “hateful”.

  18. Roncella says:

    Judas, Your missing a very important point of President Obamas speech in Arizona recently.

    Its OK to disagree, its the language you use while you disagree, to describe your oppositions differing viewpoints.

    You need to listen to that speech again, Judas.

  19. The Dems at least show some support for the working and middle classes

    Unfortunately, much as the GOP’s intentionally ineffectual efforts regarding Roe v Wade, it has seemed lately that the Dems’ traditional support for the working/middle class is just empty rhetoric.

  20. JudasEscargot says:

    “Roncella says:
    January 28, 2011 at 9:57 am
    Judas, Your missing a very important point of President Obamas speech in Arizona recently.

    Its OK to disagree, its the language you use while you disagree, to describe your oppositions differing viewpoints.

    You need to listen to that speech again, Judas.”

    You are continuing to avoid your support of Beck’s statement that had nothing to do with debate.

    This has nothing to do with Obama’s speech. That is pure deflection on your part.

  21. From Dick Keohane:

    “…why aren’t they [the left] confronting Hollywood for presenting the killing of politicians in a favorable light? The answer is that such principles don’t apply to their political allies!

    I am not referring to the British faux-documentary Death of a President (2006) that has been mentioned by some this last week, in which President George W. Bush is assassinated. I am writing of two American-made films in which characters presented as right-wing elected officials were killed, by either the hero of the movie (Shooter) or by one of the right-wing politician’s own minions in a scene intended to be humorous (Machete). In both films, the killing of the elected official was meant to be enjoyed by the audience, and for many on the left, that was precisely the case.

    Shooter (2007)

    Ned Beatty plays evil Senator Charles Meachum, a character who resembles Dick Cheney. The senator is linked to the massacre of Ethiopian villagers in the interests of his “big oil” consortium. The hero, a former military sniper played by Mark Wahlberg, kills the senator.

    Try to imagine the reaction to a movie with an elected official shown as corrupt but who is also presented as being liberal on various positions (e.g., supports unions, subsidizing clean energy companies, auto industry bailouts) and is made to resemble Senator John Kerry or Vice President Biden. Imagine the reaction if this character were killed by the movie’s hero.”

    Try to imagine the reaction Judas.

  22. Sorry, that’s Denis Keohane who continued by sharing the following commentary from the left…

    Thomas de Zengotita, contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine, wrote this at the Huffington Post:

    A really smart bit of left wing (I’m for it!) propaganda aimed at the Bush administration, the Iraq War and, especially, Dick Cheney…see the movie and tell me that Ned Beatty, as Montana Senator Charles F. Meachum, isn’t doing an SNL version of Dick Cheney. Then reflect on what happens to him in the movie…We are all entitled to fantasies of vengeance.

    Jamie Russell reviewed the movie for the properly left BBC, finding it all good fun. Russell also likes crosshairs placed over political enemies, but in this imagery, triggers were pulled:

    Mark Wahlberg has the neo-cons in his crosshairs in Shooter…”There ain’t no Sunnis and Shia, no Democrats or Republicans,” thunders Ned Beatty’s corrupt senator (doing a fair Dick Cheney impersonation). “There’s just haves and have-nots”.

  23. So then, speaking of hypocrisy Judas…these movies are not just limited to AM talk radio audiences, but to the movie-going public, and they star celebrities that many people identify with and actually idolize, such as Mark Wahlberg.

    Remember John Hinkley’s preoccupation with Taxi Driver? But I digress.

    While folks on the left continue drifting up deNile regarding their capacity for hate speech and homicidal fantasies, it appears they continue churning out movies and SNL skits that certainly rival anything Glen Beck has said or done.And by golly, left wing pundits, many wearing the guise of comedian, seem to get highly energized by it all.

    Wonder if the brilliant Sherriff Dipnik saw The Shooter and Machete?

  24. sozo But I digress.

    That’s putting it lightly, your extended three post quotation with comments about comments about movies is a doozy of a digression.

  25. Actually it’s not,bBoy. It’s in response to Judas’ imperative quoted here:

    “Show me ONE documented comment by a media person that talked about killing Bush or Cheney and you’ll have my attention.”

    My response is lengthy, I’ll grant you, but I wanted to be thorough, and I notice here, as I pointed out on another thread, Judas has quietly slipped away when confronted with the very thing he demanded.

    You’re good at naming rhetorical strategies, bBoy…what do you call that?

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