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Re: “Danehy

Tom, I always enjoy reading you. Seldomly agree with you, but always enjoy it. A couple of things here:

A lot of these people WERE pissed during the Bush administration. They just weren't pissed to the point they were willing to hit the streets. The Obama administration is the proverbial straw. I'm not saying that about all of them. You can't make blanket statements about these folks. Fairly neutral polls show a pretty broad spectrum of people across the country joining in. I'm betting that if you polled a IMF protest, the results would be a much narrower margin.

I've never been a fan of 'man on the street' quizzes. I'm a pretty smart guy....I've read the Constitution, as well as many of the papers that went into the construction of it. I had to think hard about how many amendments there were, and was wrong at my first guess. I haven't had to remember which was which since my last American Gov't class in college.....10 years ago. Doesn't mean I care any less.....doesn't mean I don't understand it....just means I haven't remembered my memorization. God knows the citizens of this country could use more education on government. I can think of 4 or 5 things we could take out of the curriculum of the top of my terribly conservative head, but I doubt you'd agree with me.

The confederate flag. I'm of mixed mind. I see where you're coming from, and I don't disagree. I'm 20 miles from Antietam, 30 from Harper's Ferry. I'm somewhat familiar with the Civil War. (can't swing a dead cat around here without hitting something educational) I can't speak for the person carrying the flag. I can't speak for the men who went and died for it. I suspect, however, that for a lot of the men that did it wasn't about slavery. It was about state's rights (not that they would have said it that way). Much like today, they were men standing up for the right to be left the hell alone. I don't think they're lame arguments, just part of the reasoning. There is no black & white behind the causes of the Civil War (figuratively speaking, of course), only large amounts of grey.

It's an interesting world we live in. I wish we could move past the name-calling and rhetoric, and move toward fixing the problems. I'm afraid bipartisanship is dead & buried. Too easy to call each other names.....refuse to work together to come up with solutions. People take stances because of who the other side is, not what they have to say. Pity.

Posted by Will on 04/30/2010 at 6:01 AM

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