Quinnipiac Poll: More Americans Say Left Contributes to Heated Rhetoric Than Right.

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    Jan 14, 2011 6:07 PM GMT
    http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x1295.xml?ReleaseID=1548
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jan 14, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    Why did you have to go there? Suffice to say that political rhetoric from both sides needs to be toned down.
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    Jan 14, 2011 6:25 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidWhy did you have to go there? Suffice to say that political rhetoric from both sides needs to be toned down.


    I'm ambivalent. Initially I would have definitely agreed with you, but looking back historically, rhetoric isn't more heated than it's been in the past - in fact less so. There are declining levels of violence based on any empirical metric - both political and in crime stats despite Hollywood's culture of violence, heated rhetoric, etc.

    Would it be nicer to live in a polite society? Possibly but not if freedom of speech is squelched in the attempt at a contrived notion of civility (and I acknowledge that censorship is not something that is generally seriously being discussed but if in balance the thought is "should we discuss the idea" versus "it might possibly be offensive to someone" my tendency is just to discuss it and let the chips fall where they may). After all - voters will punish those who they see as unjustly criticizing others so it's a level of decorum that is self enforcing.