Friday, September 05, 2008

He said, she said

Fox news is bad!
All the networks and CNBC are worse!
The republicans are mean!
The democrats are hypocritical!
It's time for a new administration!
The democrats keep flip flopping to try and play both sides!
You're a big meanie!
Well you're a stupid-head!

People have been getting mad - choosing sides and blindly following those sides (despite the evidence on either side) - insulting each other - belittling each other - getting way defensive - way insecure - it's just ugly (right now people are thinking - yeah, they really have been bad...those other guys)

It's sad, it really is.  I have one person that I've had an actual conversation about this that didn't do this.  He agreed that his side had some flaws/hypocrocy and I did the same.  It was civil.  It was honest.  We weren't sprinting to our computers to pull out the latest spin from whatever side we wanted to take.  We just talked.

The point wasn't to WIN the argument.  We didn't have to deflect from our candidate's weaker points by pre-emptively pointing them out as a way of softening the reality or truth of the issue.  We didn't have to change topics or point to side issues to try and take the conversation away from our losing a particular point.

We just talked and didn't keep score.

I'd forgotton about that conversation until last night when I was reading to the boys
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. -James 1:1-20


  1. Those other guys do suck, Murph. Thanks for pointing that out!

    Believe it or not, I actually do have very respectful conversations about the candidates in person - Sharp and I talk politics all the time, and both are very open about the strengths and flaws of both parties. But this is the blogging world - the place where civility comes to die. People get fired up, rant, criticize anonymously. It's how the game is played - I bet most of these guys stand on stage and blast one another, then all go get a beer afterwards and laugh about it. It's like two wrestlers trying to twist each other's legs off on the mat and then shaking hands when the match is over.

    I may blast the Republican ticket on here, but if I ever met Palin in person I would give her a big hug...and a kiss...and then...

  2. I agree on the "place where civility comes to die" comment."

    I was just taken aback as I read those two verses last night - a little too close to home for my own good...
    I'm a jerk
    and I could twist your leg off...

    Bragg on the other hand...he's no joke

  3. Murph...that's why I never let the wisdom of scripture cloud my judgment.

  4. Wait, what's going on? Am I going to twist someone's leg off? Just point me in the right direction and I'm ready to go...

    I, too, suck a little bit at life Murph. Is there a support group for those of us who mess up, want to try and make it right, but don't really get the chance for one reason or another?

  5. FYI...Brian Regan has a new special on Comedy Central Saturday night at 10:00pm.