The fact that Rachel Maddow is right isn't a big shock, but she distills it here so well. The whole thing is worth a read, but I couldn't agree with her more - I love debate on real issues, it's good for us as a country and for me a person, but here's the thing. Yelling isn't debate. Screaming that someone is an IslamoFascistSocialist that wants to kill your grandma isn't debate. And it isn't helpful either.
As a country we have serious issues that need serious discussion (hint 10% unemployment is a lot more of a problem than whether or not you can carry a gun into a Starbucks [and don't start with the slippery slope bullshit]), it's time everyone come to grips with that. Take it away Ms. Maddow;
"Dissent is not the aberration in a democracy. Dissent is the norm. Our political vitality depends on dissent. No one expects that the president is going to have the whole country agree with his options and his priorities.
Nobody expects Americans to share the same political opinions.
But has there ever been a time when we shared so few political facts? Let’s argue. Let’s have the great American debate about the role of government and the best policies for the country. It’s fun. It’s citizenship. It’s activism. It makes the country better when we have those debates. And your country needs you. It needs all of us.
But two things disqualify you from this process: You can’t threaten to shoot people and you have to stop making stuff up."