Toning down the rhetoric is good but it misses the point

A wave of liberal rage has marked the last 11 months since the rise and subsequent election of President Donald Trump.

What you’ll find if you click that link is, without a doubt, shocking.

I had a conversation yesterday with someone who believes we need to tone down the angry rhetoric in this country. True, we do, I won’t even attempt to argue that hateful and mean-spirited rhetoric isn’t a problem nor that it’s a problem exclusive to one political party.

But when we look at unhinged rage and actual violence that seems to be inspired by the rhetoric, I would argue that liberals are many times over guiltier of abhorrent behavior that has no place in civil society.

It’s been a while so maybe I’ve forgotten but where was all the conservative rage and violence when President Obama was elected, twice?

Anyway. I’m not trying to start a debate about which political party is the worst, especially when members of both think they alone occupy the moral and intellectual high ground while everyone else is a depraved heathen.

I would just like to say that my friend made a good point about a national need to tone down our rhetoric. However, the point was unfortunately little more than a feel-good platitude that people nowadays seem almost compelled to regurgitate whenever an act of violence even appears to be politically motivated.

Could rage, violence, and angry rhetoric possibly exist if we all truly loved our enemies? I don’t think it could.

“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

– Matthew 5:44

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3 replies

  1. I hear you, I wrestle with this, too. There is so much chaos going on, it’s hard to sort it all out. Hysteria tends to create more hysteria and violence begets violence. So of course we need to tone down the rhetoric. But than we have people seizing on every possible rationalization, like how Sarah Palin once used a picture of a target and so she allegedly incited some madman to shoot a congress women. That’s like ten degrees of separation from reality. Than there’s a narrative that suggests Trump is inspiring hatred, which then tries to suggest hatred is now an acceptable response. Somewhere in the midst of all this confusion we’ve lost the concept of personal responsibility and the clowns really are running the asylum.

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  2. Tone down doesn’t change the deep rooted passionate opposite opinions and goals. We can’t just disagree. The other group are evil.

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  3. I agree with your post. Of course we need to tone down but seriously evil premises also leads to evil conclusion. So that needs to be dealt with as well.

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