Thuggery and Democracy

Humanist Thought of the Week: Aug 11 2009

Thuggery and Democracy

The recent health care debate has brought out the worst in us.

Heated exchanges are occurring on both sides.

Name-calling is taking place.

And now thuggery.

People are getting violent and threatening violence against their fellow Americans simply because they disagree with them.

That is not ok.

If American democracy means anything, it is that we do not settle our disagreements with violence.

We debate and then we vote.

And the majority – for better or worse  – gets to choose the direction we go in.

It isn’t perfect.

And you might not always get your way.

But it is a lot better then deciding things through armed conflict.

The current wave of thuggery needs to end.

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