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Friday, November 20, 2015
The Soon-To-Be Lost Art of the Gentleman's Disagreement
Sometimes best friends are united by their disagreement over politics
and religion. Wouldn't it be nice to live in a culture where old
friends could sit on the porch and argue politics like gentlemen, share a
tall cold glass of sweet tea and enjoy the back and forth of friendly
One wonders who it is that has convinced us all
that anyone who disagrees with us is our enemy. We live in a nation
founded on the recognition that each of us is different.
We have fifty
states so that you can find one that suits your political, social and
economic clothes simply by moving a few hundred miles or so. We put
limits on our government and balanced the three branches so that none of
them may declare themselves absolute power and that we all might agree
to disagree, preserve the right to be who and what we are and continue
to live in peace.
The greatest threat to peace and liberty today is the insidious belief that anyone who disagrees with me needs to be shut up. Storm's a comin' folk!
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoe-making and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse. -Mark Twain