January 12, 2011 | Filed Under Editorial Cartoons
4 Responses to “Moment of Silence”
Everyone is jumping up and down pointing fingers and participating in the opportunism in this and it is just sickening. Amazing how the worst in humanity can bring out the worst in humanity.
I’m in favor of longer than a “moment”!
I love the sense of false equivalence in this cartoon. You know, the whole thing that says it’s just as offensive to call something offensive, bigoted, or whatever, as it is to be offensive, bigoted, or whatever.
Think back, Mr. Ariail. When leftists talked and acted violently in the 1960s, was it tolerated? Was it celebrated? Was it given a legitimizing place at the table of public discussion? Of course it wasn’t. So why now? Because it’s conservatives? Surely, there must be a better reason than that.
Meanwhile, the conservative response to blame has been to abandon a rhetorical position they have advocated for at least sixty years. The argument about influence is theirs. It has been used to destroy careers, prosecute people, and, most recently—e.g., still going on—as an argument against civil rights.
Do you really think, now that conservatives have denounced their own longstanding theory, that they will abandon it in practice? Of course they won’t, as long as they have people like you legitimizing their dishonesty.
Sorry, Mr. Ariail. Normally I don’t say anything when we disagree, as I recognize we have fundamental differences about our outlooks. But this time it’s really important, because as long as people keep making excuses for violence and its proponents, things are only going to keep getting worse. Thanks for doing your part, I guess.
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