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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    Quote Originally Posted by spud_meister View Post
    Do you see the difference between language and actions?
    I think language is action. We are tolerant of most political speech but when a speaker incites others to commit violence they've crossed a line.
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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Help us here, how would you narrow the question? Is violence in America today, acceptable? Question Mark. Asked another way: who if anyone, in your opinion, deserves to be attacked because of their politics?
    In response to the way you originally framed the question, I answered "yes." The way you've framed it above causes me to change my response to "no." I think we have plenty of outlets in this country that can serve to redress grievances: the press, the courts, public protest, boycotts. There's no real justification for resorting to violence. Certainly not a moral one.
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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    Help us to understand what you mean. Do you think unions are very violent politically? Do they promote violence in American politics frequently?
    It can't be denied that unions have engaged in unsavory tactics in order to force their members to toe the company line. Now I support the idea of labor unions in principle, but it can't be denied that they do engaged in various questionable practices. If you clicked on X Factor's link you'd find some examples of people getting hurt or killed.

    I found the Tea Party's language to filled with threats of inappropriate political violence.
    Some segments of the Tea Party, yes. Then again, only the most hate-filled ignorant mother****ers are interesting enough for the media to report on, so I wouldn't say that most of their members or supporters are violent. I dislike the Tea Party, but to characterize the whole movement as violent is unfair.

    I find what appear to be mainstream anti-abortionist groups to be promoting violence against their political opponents.
    IMO "Wanted" posters are not an incitement to violence, any more than are signs saying "Bush is a War Criminal." (I do believe he is a war criminal but just because I put up a sign saying so doesn't mean I'm calling for someone to assassinate him).
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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Help us to understand what you mean. Do you think unions are very violent politically? Do they promote violence in American politics frequently?

    I found the Tea Party's language to filled with threats of inappropriate political violence.

    I find what appear to be mainstream anti-abortionist groups to be promoting violence against their political opponents.

    Is any of this acceptable?
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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    I think so. I mean what if our gov turns on us one day and tries to enslave us all? I think fighting them would be just and right thing to do.
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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    Interesting. These are not incitements to do violence. Got it.

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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    I think language is action. We are tolerant of most political speech but when a speaker incites others to commit violence they've crossed a line.
    So if I yell "have sex with a goat" in the middle of a crowd, and someone then goes and has sex with a goat, I'm responsible for their bestiality? Unless someone offers some sort of incentive to violence, then they're not responsible for another's actions, regardless of what the say.
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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Interesting. These are not incitements to do violence. Got it.

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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chappy View Post
    Interesting. These are not incitements to do violence. Got it.

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    Re: Is violence an acceptable political tactic?

    I thought the animal rights faux “Wanted” poster just as offensive.
    “Real environmentalists live in cities, and they visit what's left of the wilderness as gently and respectfully as possible.” — Donna Moulton, letter to the editor, Tucson Weekly, published on August 23, 2001

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