Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Politics need more civility, or we're in for trouble (by anon)

Why I am Critically Pissed:
Almost nine months after the horrific assassination attempt of Congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords, it appears we have not learned our lesson. Political violence in America is at an all-time high and Wisconsin is no exception. The party polarization needs to stop.

My philosophy professor has emphasized re-evaluating your beliefs and everything you stand for. I have wrestled with my ideology and principles but I still cannot find moral justification for the ridiculously malicious behavior happening in our state. Frankly, I am ashamed.

Having a family member who is a teacher, I completely understand the resentment for Scott Walker and everything he stands for. This being said, I do not understand the lack of civility in protest of his policies. Seeing signs that state “Don’t retreat, reload,” with an image of crosshairs over our Governor’s face, makes me terribly embarrassed to call myself a Wisconsinite.

I hold strong political beliefs, but I am setting them aside to address this issue. Sadly, many people refuse to do the same, and that is the problem.

Beer has gotten dumped on a state representative, a state judge supposedly choked another official, children have even been harassed because of who their parents are.  Door locks at public schools have been glued shut in order to stop a politician from speaking there.  Houses have been vandalized and threats have been issued. The list goes on and on.

What scares me the most is that our own president is seeking re-election by promoting class warfare. He is making the lower class despise anyone who is successful or makes a decent living. Many corporations and wealthy citizens manage to avoid taxation but violent political rhetoric is not the way to go. Alternatives are available. One possible solution is to the fix the tax code. Class warfare is helping to politically polarize this country. Creating a tense atmosphere and causing severe tension between parties.

After the Giffords incident that left many injured and six dead, including a nine year old girl, the politicians promised for a new era of civility. As you can see, this did not happen. I am critically pissed because no one has learned their lesson, and everyone is at fault. The debate should not be who is to blame, but what we can do to solve the problem. We aren’t in grade school anymore, we should be able to solve problems with maturity and civility so that everyone benefits.

Next time a debate arises, look at both sides. Choose what you think is right, and have substantial reasoning to back yourself up. Argue your point, but stay civil and humane. But most importantly, remember that it’s a win-win-win situation if there is compromise. If everyone can do that, this state and this country would be a lot better off.


  1. Politics is about killing and pillaging. Ever read the Iliad and Odyssey, or War and Peace? What about the Civil War, ever studied it? Politics is war without bloodshed.

  2. This is America. Violence is as American as apple pie. Read your history.