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arizona shootings, pre-amble

January 11, 2011 by tbholdren

I don’t have time to make a full posting on this yet, but I would like to pre-empt myself by making two quick points:

  1. My prayers for a speedy and full recovery go out for Representative Gabrielle Giffords. My condolences and prayers also go out to the families of the other victims of this terrible incident. God bless and help them all.
  2. The following words need to be heretofore removed from all political discussion: “hateful,” “toxic/poison/bile,” “spew/vomit”, and “rhetoric.” Especially “rhetoric.” For example, the sentence:

“Sarah Palin is so hateful, all she does is spew her hateful, toxic rhetoric!”

would necessarily be changed to:

“Sarah Palin is someone I strongly disagree with, and I really wish that she would stop expressing her point of view in a way that effectively resonates with a vast number of Americans, which lessens the political impact of my own arguments!”

See what I did there? That second sentence is an awful lot more honest and makes one sound more like a rational, sensible adult and less like a opportunistic, cliched drone repeating whatever you just heard on MSNBC or read on the Huffington Post.

More to come.


  1. sholdren says:

    Yes, I agree that people need to be more honest, instead of just putting other people down to make themselves look better. And facts are always nice, instead of insults. Looking forward to your next blog post!

  2. Brice says:

    My question is why in the world would you watch MSNBC or read the Huffington Post?

    It is equivalent to taking the extreme positions of some of the Fox Network commentators as the only voice of the conservative movement. Obviously it does not properly represent the majority, and in actuality represents a tiny, extremely vocal minority.

    Stay centrist, stay sane.

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