Civility Isn’t A Bad Word

John F. Kennedy once said “So let us begin anew-remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness.”

We need to be reminded of that again.

Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson Monday night was talking about a controversial statement made by Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) about taking down some public monuments. Carlson summarized his comments by saying that Duckworth “hates America”.

Sen. Duckworth responded the next day to the comments, and then on his show last night Carlson went further and called her “a coward” because she wouldn’t go on his show.

There are no doubt some people in public life who hate America (you can’t help but wonder why they don’t move, but that’s another story). But for the most part, people who have differing views don’t hate the country they just have other ideas about how to make it better. Sometimes, no doubt, the ideas are a bit crazy but most of the time it’s not because they hate the country.

For those that may not be familiar with Sen. Duckworth’s career and background, Sen. Duckworth is a veteran that saw combat in Iraq, and lost both legs when the helicopter she was flying was hit by an enemy rocket propelled grenade.

I find it pretty hard to believe that someone like that is a coward, and hates the country that she gave both legs to fight for.

Mr. Carlson, until you have flown into combat serving your country, and come close to making the ultimate sacrifice to do that, you probably should be a lot more careful in your choice of words.

On Censorship and Intolerance

It’s hard to talk about issues in the context of very emotional times. And the death of George Floyd, caught on video, has certainly highlighted a long-standing issue and raised strong feelings in the country.

However, one underlying theme has become concerning. It is a difficult to talk about and deal with issues of tolerance of dissent, more so when it may involve topics and opinions that many may find repulsive.  But an intelligent society can’t survive if it allows itself to be driven solely by passions of the moment, even if the roots of those passions are justified. Continue reading “On Censorship and Intolerance”

Killing Two Birds With One Stone-Censorship And Eliminating Competition

In the news today comes a story about NBC trying to silence its competition.

NBC was proud of itself yesterday, and reported that it had gotten Google to ban ads from the conservative media outlet The Federalist, and one other media outlet for what NBC claimed was ‘hate speech’. Continue reading “Killing Two Birds With One Stone-Censorship And Eliminating Competition”