Don’t Argue With Neanderthals!

For those of us who are long-in-the-tooth and, I’d certainly like to believe, for most of the rest of the country, the current political scene is–to say the least–distressing. Whatever happened to a frank-but-respectful exchange of ideas? Whatever happened to compromise?
imagesToday, someone who has a different opinion is “out to destroy our way of life” or, equally absurd, “hates America.”
What nonsense! The people who actually believe that crap are just stupid. But the people who peddle that claptrap, who willfully present “news” that isn’t true—Are you listening Roger Aisles?–are simply despicable.
In this election year, everything, especially the rhetoric, has escalated almost out of control and the consequences are worrisome and, in many cases, downright scary.
Here’s a good example of this very bad trend. This photo was taken by one of our NARP members traveling in a rural area that will be on the route of California’s high-speed rail line. Would you say these people are way, way over the top? Would you say someone needs to throw a net over these bozos? Would they seriously prefer a six-lane freeway instead? Because that’s what it would take to move the same number of people when California’s population increases by 25 million people over the next several decades.
Somehow, some way, cooler heads must take us back to a time when we could disagree–even disagree vehemently–but with the discourse remaining civil. Because to borrow from the sophisticates who authored that sign, this SH** has got to stop!