Do you prefer to embrace righteous anger?

Byline: | Category: Ethics, Government, TN Politics | Posted at: Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Do you view yourself in a “great moral march of just crusaders led by our fearless party leaders against the evil and/or ignorant opposition”?

Perhaps you think that Senator James Inhofe can only be in the pocket of “big oil” to believe the way he does. Or, obviously, you conclude, State Representative Stacey Campfield is an ignorant rube who adequately represents the views of his mouthbreathing East Tennessee constituency. Or, on the other side of the spectrum, maybe you think that Hillary Clinton is an evil dominatrix bent on turning these United States into the United Soviet Socialist States.

Or, instead of viewing domestic politics as an epic struggle between good (your side) and evil (the other party) you see it as a natural “conflict between competing interests” managed (imperfectly–like all things done by humans) through a democratically elected process.

The latter is the view of Jay Cost, who usually writes the Horse Race Blog at Real Clear Politics.  Cost uses what he calls a “good faith assumption” when determining motivations of those espousing opposition views.  They aren’t evil, he thinks, they just have a different competing interest.

Read the whole thing; it puts a partisanship into its proper perspective.  But, if instead you prefer the joy of hate, go right ahead.  It says more about you than about those you hate.

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5 Responses to “Do you prefer to embrace righteous anger?”

  1. Volunteer Voters » All That Hate’s Gonna Burn You Up, Kid Says:

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  2. M Kennedy Says:

    Can one throw his lot in with Cost but STILL consider Hillary a dominatrix?

  3. bob Says:

    I suppose you can if you’re into those kinds of fetishes.

  4. Donna Locke Says:

    Delusion is often, even usually, an instrument of evil, so we can’t cut the deluded any slack if we hope to survive in any bearable degree of freedom.

  5. JIM WOLF Says:

    HILARY IS A GODDESS. BRIGHT , POWERFUL SUPERIOR TO EACH AND EVERY PERSON MAKE HER PREDIDENT OBEY HER COMPLETY AND SEE HOE GREAT AMERICA BECOMES