Getting serious about civil discourse

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    Once again, two presidents are coming together to address a common problem. They're giving voice to the hysterics that pass for political debate today.

    National Institute for Civil Discourse to open at University of Arizona
     
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    LOL. Civility in political discourse makes about as much sense as trying to take score-keeping out of youth sports. The whole idea that I, or anyone else with political viewpoints they rigorously believe in should be forced to stand around and listen to the comments of an individual we have nothing in common with based solely on the idea of being polite to them is ludicrous. Why waste that time when you know nothing they say will change your mind?
     
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    Great idea. I wonder, is the University of Arizona a campus wherein students are allowd to carry firearms? Seems a risky proposition if it is.
     
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    "There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which can not fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance-that principle is contempt prior to investigation."
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    keep up the good work. :thup:
     
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    Then carry on with screeching and name calling and embellishing and lying. There will always be some who do that; hopefully once people become ADULTS, they try to restrain themselves, but apparently growing up is a diminishing endeavor. Ironically, with all the noise, all we're doing is "wasting time." Or haven't you noticed...
     
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    does this mean i have to stop being outraged?

    i don't know if i'm prepared for that.
     
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    That's fine since beyond myself I could count on one hand the people here that I care about and have fingers left over. Like most things in my life, the sig is there for my benefit, not anyone else's.
     
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    For me it's more contempt OF investigation than prior to. But thank you for the compliment anyway.

    We waste a ton of time. Mostlfitarguing over things which less than a century ago our forebearers wouldn't have wasted 10 minutes on. Why is that? you ask. Very simply because they had two concepts/words which we now hold great disdain for.... Right and Wrong. They were societal concepts while needn't even be spoken. They were understood and accepted withou need for debater discussion. Now, in a valueless world of moral relativism those ideals no longer exist and every point must be considered, no matter how ridiculous it is.
     
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    The discourse on today topic remind me of the old days of CB radio. It wasn't too long after they were on the market that you couldn't let your children listen to it because the language and threats were so bad. It never ceases to amaze me how brave some people are when you can't get your hands on them. Before I write something I ask myself if this is something I would say to their face. I am not surprised at the Westboro Church now that they are considered law abiding idiots. Not so long ago it was against the law to accuse people of things that were not true. Now the Supreme, and I use that word loosely, Court says that they have that right because of the 1st amendment.
     

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