With regard to a Facebook criticism of Governor Romney for his statements about the recent attacks in Egypt and most tragically in Libya and the resulting comments back and forth, I was tempted to enter in. But I didn't - preferring to address it here in my calmer manner without provoking people I don't even know. For the record, I admit that I generally agree with the sentiments of my actual Facebook friends PB and NB, I just choose to address the issues a little differently. I may fail, as I often do, but the big principles are more important than the details of any particular dispute. My eternal hope being, if we can get the basic principles right, the rest will follow.
The Facebook exchange:
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The response I typed out on Facebook, then cut and pasted here:
LG- A U.S. Embassy anywhere in the world represents you, me, and all the People of the United States. Both Romney and Obama used this tragedy for political purposes and that is wrong. Romney started and Obama retaliated about "shoot first, aim later." The problem with this whole thing is that once it goes political, everyone falls back on their personal preferences and everything is viewed and interpreted from that perspective. Your use of the words "heartless" and "despicable" in describing the President of the United States tends to confirm this. That's why it's wrong to politicize this when it's a national tragedy and our people were killed. Our solutions lie in unity, not in over-heated rhetoric.I've typed a lot of these comments and then deleted them, some more intemperate than others. Some, of course, became blog postings.
The best principle of all is that we can have these debates in the United States, even with over-heated rhetoric, without shooting at each other. Only the criminally insane seem to be provoked to violence these days. And there's still too much of that. But now that we've generally left the widespread shooting aside since the Civil War and the lynchings, secret murders, bombings, and riots during the Civil Rights movement, we live in a blessed country - with much room for improvement. Let's keep trying.