OK, so I took some serious liberties paraphrasing from Ben’s original quote. However, it doesn’t make my title any less true.
As with many of my posts, this one is probably going to piss off people on both sides of the political spectrum. Again, just because it pisses you off, doesn’t mean that what I am saying is false.
I have a rather eclectic group of individuals among my Facebook friends. The ONLY groups I refuse to accept a friend request from are those either on the Alt-Right or on the (not media named, but essentially means the same kind of people but on the opposite end of the spectrum) Alt-Left.
I’ll be just as blunt with my reasons for refusing them as I am with any other subject. It’s very simple — they are zealots / extremists / fanatics — and I will have absolutely NONE of those who are on the fringe if EITHERthe Left ORthe Right.
Just as an aside: I FIRMLY disagree with Thesaurus.com’s inclusion of the word ‘activist’ in their synonyms for each of the red, underlined words in the above paragraph!
Sadly, I believe that because the definition of activist includes the word vigorous, that somehow means that vigorous is exactly the same as ardor or fervor for a zealot; exactly the same as farthest from the middle or farthest removed from the ordinary or average for an extremist; or exactly the same as an extreme and uncritical enthusiasm or zeal for a fanatic. I believe that if you have absolutely ANY analytical ability you can see that the above is nowhere NEAR exactly the same.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.”
Have we no tendency to the latter condition?
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This necessity had not been overlooked; but had been provided for, as well as might be, in the notable argument of “squatter sovereignty,” otherwise called “sacred right of self government,” which latter phrase, though expressive of the only rightful basis of any government, was so perverted in this attempted use of it as to amount to just this: That if any one man, choose to enslave another, no third man shall be allowed to object.
Illinois Senatorial Race
Nomination Acceptance> Added Emphasis is mine.
I saw this on Facebook today. And it bothered me just as much as what happened at Senator Paul Wellstone’smemorial service. (NOTE: these are two different links, first a link to the Senator’s Wikipedia entry, the second to the backlash to the partisanship and political hijacking of the memorial service).
And, sadly, I voted for Franken both in his original bid in 2008 and in 2014’s midterm elections.
I personally feel that NO PERSON’S DEATH should be used as political fodder.
And what is worse to me is that both in the case of Senator Wellstone AND in the case of Justice Scalia, these deaths were and are being used sadly as a “rallying cry” for the Democratic party. And, as with Wellstone’s memorial, it is being used a DIVISIVE “rallying cry.” Like we need MORE divisiveness in our government (hint: that is sarcastic!).
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