Thursday, May 12, 2005

Extreme Speech

Have you listened to the radio or television news lately? Perhaps you've just read the Minister of Propaganda's posts (1, 2, 3) on Naked Villainy. How about that oh-so-mature-adult statement made today in politics regarding Bush's nominee for ambassador of United Nations? I quote: "[John Bolton is] the poster child of what someone in the diplomatic corps should not be." Really? What I don't get, whether it be from politicians, the news media, or friendly bloggers like the Minister of Propaganda, is why everything has to be an extreme. Bush is NOT the worst president ever. I couldn't stand Clinton, but I hardly think he is the worst president. I'm sure, if we honestly search the history books, we could find a couple worse ones. Either way, why can't he just be someone you don't agree with? Why does he have to be a lying murderer? Just because you disagree with someone, does not make them a liar. Bush explained his reasons for war. Some agree, some don't. Deal with it. But calling someone the epitome of what we don't want, or a liar and murderer - folks, these are harsh words, which should be dealt for only the worst crimes. We are so interested in grabbing attention and being outrageous, we are like the little boy who cried wolf. And when the worst really does come around, no one will believe it, because if Bush is the worst, certainly everyone else is going to better, right? After all, anyone is better than Bush, correct? Be careful with your extreme language - you might leave yourself blinded to what evil truly is.