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Rational Discourse

While I don't get very many comments, the ones I do are always interesting. One blog follower left the following comment on an earlier post:
Bill, I like your blog and have been following it for a while but I do have to disagree with your political views. Yes, I am a conservative but not quite in the Tea Party realm. You seem to blame S&P and the Tea Party for the current problems while I blame Washington in general and the 'spending beyond their means' in specific for our terrible current situation.

The downgrade of our credit rating was not unexpected in financial circles. The Tea Party has been doing nothing but to say that this neverending increase of our Federal debt has to stop and that cuts have to be made to bring spending in line. This wall that we are hitting has been visible for years yet we have careened towards it as a spend, spend, spend nation, living beyond our means as individuals and as a country.
One immediate observation is the great civility of the writer. Even though he disagrees with my views, he expresses this disagreement with great politeness.

Our nations's problems have now reached a point where we must all practice civic virtue for the continued success of this nation. If we continue to attack each other over partisan politics then we really will get the kind of government we deserve.

The person that wrote those words has a pretty good website.


  1. Thanks Bill. For a liberal, you're not so bad:-) I couldn't agree more with the importance of civility and rational discourse. We are a country of many political beliefs and I respect the views of others even though I might not agree with those views. Without "rational discourse" we will never have anything but anger and stalemates.


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