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Keep Political Discourse In The Context Of History
h/t to NewBusters
Glenn Beck, on the Today Show with Meredith Vierra, debunks the charge that heated or violent political rhetoric contributed to the shooting in Tuscon - it was caused by the individual who committed the crime.
In a beautiful exchange, he points out that Thomas Jefferson called John Adams a "hermaphrodite", and that Adams responded by telling people that "their children would be raped and their towns burned" if Jefferson became President. Of course, none of this happened. It was in the context of very graphic political discourse during a campaign. Today I hear, from the media mostly, that the political rhetoric has never been worse. Based on the exchange between Jefferson and Adams, they might want to rethink that.