After the recent tragedy in Tucson it occurred to some of our leading political lights that maybe calling for your opponent to be blown up, dismembered or shot in the head probably wasn't the most productive of approaches when addressing a group of people who confuse penis and pistol and make up for the shortcomings of the former by purchasing larger models of the latter.
"Civility" became the watchword around the corridors of power and abroad in the land and, proving that psycho-pharmaceuticals are in fact effective, even some of the stomp and scream until you get you way, we came unarmed this time crowd toned it down a little. "Some" being the operative word here, which of course implies that "some" did not.
Here at RedState, we too have drawn a line. We will not endorse any candidate who will not reject the judicial usurpation of Roe v. Wade and affirm that the unborn are no less entitled to a right to live simply because of their size or their physical location. Those who wish to write on the front page of RedState must make the same pledge. The reason for this is simple: once before, our nation was forced to repudiate the Supreme Court with mass bloodshed. We remain steadfast in our belief that this will not be necessary again, but only if those committed to justice do not waiver or compromise, and send a clear and unmistakable signal to their elected officials of what must be necessary to earn our support.See, now when you stake out a opening position in an argument that says in effect that you care so much about human life you're going to kill people who disagree with you, it sort of complicates the response for those who may want to discuss issues like the beginning of life and a woman's right to control her own body sans firearms. Also, there's a reason the Second Amendment is, you know, second and the one about free speech first. Has to do with a functioning democracy and whatnot. Just saying.
On a related note, we mention with sadness a recent article bemoaning the fact that our children isn't learning. Well not to think critically anyway.
As professional educators we feel obliged to point out that one is not born with the ability to think critically, but learns it as one matures. One of the most effective and efficient methods by which this skill is imparted from one generation to the next is through the use of role models.
You see where we're going with this, right? When the youth look out across the society we have built for them and see the Rush Limbaughs, the Sarah Palins, the Michelle Bachmans, the boys at the above discussed blog, well, probably we should be thankful they can tie their own shoes and leave it at that. Also. Too.