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This is Not a Parody. This is Not a Parody! by The Elephant's Child

Steven Hayward pointed out this piece, saying “This is a joke, right? ”  It does sound like a parody.

A new organization, The National Institute for Civil Discourse, is being founded to promote compromise among opposing political parties and views, in Tucson — site of a shooting rampage last month that killed six people and wounded 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.  This is appropriate because the shooting rampage so prominently mentioned had nothing whatsoever to do with politics.

“Fred DuVal, vice chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents and former co-chairman of Gifford’s finance committee, is the driving force behind the initiative and has raised more than $1 million thus far in private donations to fund it.  He said he was inspired by President Obama’s comments at a memorial service for the shooting victims, held in January at the University of Arizona, the Washington Post reports.”

At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do,” Obama said in his speech, “it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”

Obama’s speech wasn’t too bad, but that wasn’t one of the better parts.  The shooting in Tucson was committed by a disturbed young man in the throes of paranoid schizophrenia.  His problem with Rep. Giffords was long-standing and unrelated to normal politics. He was not motivated by Sarah Palin, or anyone else, other than the discordant voices in his head.

The motive for a new National Institute for Civil Discourse, enlisting an assortment of former politicians who aren’t too busy as honorary chairmen, (helps with the publicity), is to promote compromise, particularly important when Republicans are in charge.

When Liberals talk about promoting compromise, it means that they are out of power and consider all Republican ideas to be hate speech.  You will notice that no institutes for getting along were founded when Democrats controlled both houses of Congress and the administration.  Then the policy was to accomplish everything behind closed doors so they didn’t have to listen to any disagreeing voices.

There were no Institutes for Civil Discourse being founded when George W. Bush was being hung in effigy, portrayed as Hitler, pictured eating babies, with every vile name thrown at him. Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell and Clarence Thomas had to endure every sort of racist attack simply because they were Republicans.  Vice President Cheney became Darth Vader and worse as did Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Republicans, now in charge of the House of Representatives, are inundated with demands for “civility” when they attempt to balance the budget and save the economy from collapse.  It simply has to be a parody.




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