Discontinued Discourse

Bryan at Arguing With Signposts is hopping on the political wagon. No, I don’t mean bandwagon, I mean he is giving it up, kicking the habit, going cold turkey. Steven Taylor can’t blame him.

I understand the sediment, while I am one of the most passionate and partisan people out there, I too draw a big line. For me, the issue is not partisanship, as I’ve said before I think that is healthy for a democracy. For me it is an issue of reasonableness. (That ain’t the right word but it will do.)

I can handle people disagreeing with me. To the extent that I am able, I’ll passionately defend my position. But when the arguments breaks down to “Bush=Hitler” it’s really is hard to have a debate. When people look at objective facts and claim they do not exist how do have discourse?

I read on a well respected website yesterday that Bush should be impeached because he said the Aug 8 PDB did not contain a specific threat. How on earth can any sane, rational person believe that?

Personally, I try to take people one by one. Since I’ve been hanging out in the blogosphere I’ve gotten much better at identifying the tin-foil hate brigade and have learned that trying to reason with a crazy person is time wasted. (That lesson took a while.)

When I find the rare lefty that can argue their side without being delusional, I enjoy it. I spent 2 hours at a cocktail party last week arguing politics with a state Senator’s wife. We agreed on nothing but at the end we agreed to have lunch and argue some more. She gave me a kiss on the cheek on the way out.

Perhaps the internet makes the tone more harsh than it would be if we were standing around with drinks in our hands. Or perhaps it is the election drawing near that is putting people on edge. One of my pet theories is that it is the evolution of blogging.

Whatever the case, I suspect Brian will be back soon enough. Addictions are like that. And maybe his post will make me take a breath before I reply next time. But if it weren’t for all the the stupid, freaking, ignorant liberals, I’d…. 😉

BTW Since this post is about my personal beliefs and this is temporarily a group blog, please note it ain’t Kevin posting.

UPDATE: Dean Esmay chimes in on the same things on Kos that put Brian over the top and then goes on. James is, as always, quite readable if you follow the trackback.

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  1. Mac April 13, 2004
  2. Kevin April 13, 2004
  3. pennywit April 13, 2004