Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Words of Wisdom

I read with great interest John Avlon's special to CNN today.  His commentary (read on cnn.com) discusses 42nd President Bill Clinton's  policies, legacy and words of advice. 
The former president said this about the current incendiary language being used by right-wing extremists:  "There is a big difference between criticizing a policy or a politician and demonizing the government that guarantees our freedoms and the public servants who enforce our laws."

Mr. Avlon ends with these wise words:  "To see politics, we must view it with the broadest sense of perspective -- remembering that patriotism is ultimately more important than partisanship."


Willa said...


Hope you saw this.

Gerrie said...

Joe Klein has come right out and called it sedition:

Let me be clear: dissent isn’t sedition. Questioning an Administration’s policies isn’t sedition. But questioning an Administration’s legitimacy in a manner intended to undermine or overthrow it certainly is. A rally like this yesterday in South Carolina is a good example of seditious speech. It’s not illegal–unless actions are taken to overthrow the government in question–but it is disgraceful and the precise opposite of patriotism in a democracy.