More Crazy Talk in the Public Square

10 08 2009

Palin runs hot and cold on civility:

After making an extraordinary, unsupported and incendiary claim that President Obama’s health care plan will result in a “death panel” that is fundamentally “evil,” Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is now calling for civility in the debate on health care reform. . .
“. . .we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse. . .”

No word yet on whether Rush Limbaugh has had a change of heart about his Nazi talk.

See also Palin-esque Obama Hate, Why Tea Party Tactics Aren’t Healthy for Health Reform and How Language Tricks Our Thoughts, Shrouds Our Feelings:

If you are around people who constantly talk as if something is wrong or is right, you will probably come to think both that values are objective and that the specific value judgments of that group are accurate, whatever they happen to be. . .

Language allows for these sorts of magic tricks, cognitive illusions, to be performed on you. From different perspectives, different things will “feel” true . . . This is especially useful when listening to politicians. Those that seek to manipulate you are able to do so in large part because of language. . .
Become you own magician, and show others how these tricks are performed.