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Stop the Name Calling, Please?

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Monday, June 10, 2013

When we are out of town I ask my son to stop by the house and make sure he saves the newspapers for me. Once the luggage is unloaded, the laundry started and dinner plans made, I sit down in my recliner and catch up on what happened while I was away. It’s relaxing for me. I especially enjoy the opinion columns, those columnists who share their views. What I don’t like is the increasing practice of name calling. It’s not confined to one end of the political perspective or the other. It seems that in order to make your point you have to throw a few negative names about just to let people know where you stand.

I am an equal blend. I guess that makes me a moderate if you are hurling titles. From what I read I am equally hated by both sides of the political spectrum. They can’t figure people like me out, so they call me a name. On social issues I am a liberal which makes me a “left wing, liberal wacko who stands for big government.” I do believe in a woman’s right to make choices that concern her own body. I may not personally agree with those choices but really, is it my place to tell her what she can or can’t do? If the tables were reversed would I want someone telling ME what I could and couldn’t do if they weren’t able to fully embrace my experience? I think everyone should be able to marry whomever they want to marry. What you do when you close your bedroom door is your business not mine and just like a woman’s right to choose, gay marriage has no impact upon ME. Therefore, it’s none of my business. I believe if president Obama were a Caucasian who was born in the Midwest his health care agenda wouldn’t be as big of an issue as it is. Politicians don’t get reelected anymore when they include race in the discussion so we focus on other issues. I mean really, looking for the man’s birth certificate?

If I read the columns correctly this means I am rotting in hell for sure. To that opinion I’ll use the words of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, “Only God can judge me.” We’ll leave it to her.

On the other hand, I firmly believe in taking responsibility for your own life. I don’t believe in hand outs. I believe in assistance. I believe that assistance has a definite starting date and completion date. I believe that if your employer has a right to drugscreen you so does your state if you accept a welfare check from it. I believe that if you choose to own a fire arm that is your right. I don’t believe in big government. I think the best “right” we have in the USA is the right to “earn” our own destiny. It means nothing if its handed to me. I think the Tea Party has some valid points. If I take a loan from you in good faith to further my education, start a business or build a home I should do so responsibly and not tell you it’s my “right.” I believe the only rights we have, in that respect are the ones we earn. I don’t care if you monitor my phone calls. I have nothing to hide and the people who do may be fixing to kill me!!

So I sat down last night and spread the paper on my kitchen table. I took a thick, black magic marker and crossed through all the emotional name calling. What remained was intelligent discourse. I didn’t agree with all of it but at least my blood pressure wasn’t rising because I wasn’t being called a “Neanderthalic Nazi.” I was able to form my own opinion.

Stop the name calling, please? It only serves to diminish my opinion of what you are writing and what I think of your thought process. Speak to the issues and if you aren’t familiar with the issues maybe you shouldn’t be blogging or writing a syndicated column
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CLARALAW 6/11/2013 9:46AM

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So true!

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SONYALATRECE 6/11/2013 9:45AM

    As a middle school ELA teacher, I agree that the name calling just adds to the immaturity and takes away from the REAL issues. Extremely valid points you've made!

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DAWNO64 6/11/2013 9:41AM

    and they wonder where kids learn to bully. Our media is full of this type of behavior. "If you're not just like me, then something's wrong with you". It's time for us to stand up and let the media know that we're not willing to indulge them anymore.

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AMYRYLE 6/11/2013 9:39AM

    I totally agree with you, even though people would probably label me an ultra conservative. The name calling (and swearing) has got to end. Where are the journalist ethics in todays media. One point I would urge you to look for more intellectual fact on is abortion. I am a woman and used to think I had no right to tell other women what to do with their bodies, but then I learned more and more about abortion. Do we have a right to tell people not to murder? Each woman has a right to choose, but her choice is not murder or pregnancy her choice is sex (and all it's associated risks) or no sex.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 6/11/2013 9:35AM

    Well stated, John and good luck. The problem with being a moderate in the middle of the road is that you often get run over by those going in both directions.

I've just returned from Eastern Europe (the Balkans) where the sectarian strife of the last decades is still visible in bullet ridden buildings in ruins and memorials to the dead. Sadly, given enough time this could be the result even here if we can't tone down our rhetoric and find some common ground.

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JUNEAU2010 6/11/2013 9:35AM

    We're on the same page, or at least most of it! I love the idea of the marker, too. Please invent name-calling canceling headphones and then I can listen to the commentaries on TV without my blood pressure climbing..
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WAYSOFGRACE 6/11/2013 9:35AM

    Oh my goodness YES YES YES!!!!!!!! I stopped reading the papers because of nonsense like that! If I see a political post on any of my social networks I immediately skip over it. I can't stand when people get all up in your face angry with me because I don't agree 100% with their opinion! Your blog captured everything I have been feeling, and in a clearly stated manner!

THANK YOU!

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DJSHIP46 6/11/2013 9:34AM

    Thank you, that was VERY refreshing! Usually I see "political" go somewhere else, but this morning I decided to read your thoughts and I agree totally with everything you said. Thanks for saying it. It's nice to know I'm really not alone!!!

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JOVIGIRL1982 6/11/2013 9:33AM

  THANK YOU! I am not a very religious person, however the people that will go to church every sunday yet be the first to judge drive me insane! Politicians are no better with their judgments. People have a right to their opinions however to take away a persons rights is ludicrous. emoticon

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MSFROGGIE 6/11/2013 9:31AM

    I enjoyed your blog! Thank you for sharing. . . that is why I don't read the newspaper anymore. . . it's sad, I know

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NEWMOM20121 6/11/2013 9:22AM

    Well said.

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DESERTJULZ 6/11/2013 9:21AM

    Boils down to one important behavior: treat others with the respect that you'd like to receive. Good post.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/11/2013 9:20AM

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NANCY- 6/11/2013 9:07AM

    Only if more folks were like you. Name calling only displays the speaker's limited ability to communicate effectively. I also wonder about swearing, is their vocabulary so limited!

We can only hope to lead by example and perhaps more will follow.

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ROSCOEKR 6/11/2013 9:02AM

    Right On. I agree whole heartily

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TINKSTREASURES 6/11/2013 8:56AM

    I agree with everything you've said!!! What a great read to start my morning.
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NIKKIJ55 6/11/2013 8:55AM

    I totally agree! Thank you

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MIMIDOT 6/11/2013 8:52AM

    Awesome! I agree with you, too. Very well written!

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CHRISTINECAN 6/11/2013 8:47AM

    I totally wish the powers that be would read this.

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RENNY2009 6/11/2013 8:46AM

    More power to the moderates!! I agree with you too on the name calling. Why not live and let live without putting the other guy down?

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JERICHO1991 6/11/2013 8:44AM

    I agree. Well said.

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WATERDIAMONDS 6/11/2013 8:42AM

    I am so tired of it all that I feel tears come to my eyes as I read you common-sense approach. It's exhausting to have to slog through so much trash just to gather facts.

Well said. Thank you.

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STRONGERLEANER 6/11/2013 8:34AM

    I've never understood all the name calling or the need to people in boxes or categories. Hopefully one day more people will see that no political side is perfect and that we are all looking for the best answers for the good of the country.

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JAGG32 6/11/2013 8:30AM

    emoticon I am with John. I am very liberal and a independent which rarely exists anymore. So I vote for who I want not based on parties. emoticon

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LISS741 6/11/2013 8:30AM

    Very interesting

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JULABELLE 6/11/2013 8:27AM

    John, you have just so eloquently wrote what I have been feeling for the last 8+ years. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 6/11/2013 8:19AM

    well said

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GBELLADAUNA 6/11/2013 8:08AM

    Interesting.

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SHARONCAPPS 6/11/2013 8:04AM

  Great blog. I like you views.

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IDICEM 6/11/2013 8:02AM

  Well said. Thank you.

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JOANNS4 6/11/2013 8:00AM

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MARGARITTM 6/11/2013 7:57AM

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MOMMY445 6/11/2013 7:56AM

    a great blog! have a fabulous day!

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HARROWJET 6/11/2013 7:50AM

    You bring up some very good points. emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 6/11/2013 7:44AM

    a lot of things can be prevented. I agree about the name calling. its totally out of hand. But this is the kind of people were dealing with today. sad isn't it ?

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DIANNEMT 6/11/2013 7:43AM

    AMEN!

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INGMARIE 6/11/2013 7:42AM

    Yes, this was a great blog, and you are so right, run for office ?
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NANCYTUNBERG64 6/11/2013 7:42AM

    Well said!! I could not agree more. Now, if those __________ (fill in the blank) up in Washington DC and even the various states could only read this and LEARN.

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RIDETBRED 6/11/2013 7:41AM

    word!

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TDEMAIO2 6/11/2013 7:30AM

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 6/11/2013 7:26AM

    YES !!!

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LANNIEMANUEL 6/11/2013 7:14AM

    could this post be any better. thanks for stating what needed to be said

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DINZEL 6/11/2013 7:01AM

  Well said!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/11/2013 6:49AM

    i suppose it sells papers to someone, but like you, I could do without it.

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TEAMDIABETES 6/11/2013 6:48AM

    Interesting view point.

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CHERYLHURT 6/11/2013 6:47AM

  You said EXACTLY how I feel! emoticon

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NANFITGRAN 6/11/2013 6:44AM

    Spot on! Too bad we can't get politicians/media/everyday people to sanely, non judgmentally enter into discussions along these lines. We might actually move society forward. emoticon Very well put, thoughtful blog!

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TORTISE110 6/11/2013 6:30AM

    So many of us share your sane views! Thank you.

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BESSHAILE 6/11/2013 6:18AM

    Yep. Yep. Yep. As soon as someone labels someone else - I stop listening to that person. Too bad. She might have something worth hearing - but I've already lost faith in her. or him.

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LAURANCE 6/11/2013 6:13AM

  When the names start flying the discussion is going down the drain.

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