Monday, September 8, 2008
Being Incited to War
In remembering the speeches of the Republicans during their convention (Graham, Giuliani, Thompson), I was appalled at the mean-spiritedness and the seemingly grand-wizardliness of the speakers. (Was that uncivil?) The rhetoric was frightening. The Democrats during their convention, in my opinion, was by far more civil. I even wondered while listening to the passionate rhetoric of the speakers above, espousing Country First, as a diety, if we were being incited to war. I wondered the same while listening to the Republican candidates over the weekend in Michigan to the thunderous applause of the audience. What is this insistence on war if it's not to reve the country to a continued cycle of war? Is Iran next? These sort of speeches as those given by many at the Republican convention were beyond uncivil. It felt more like we were being incited to war.