Diplomacy- an art that got lost with the huge amounts of money required to run for office in America.
Now, we have people who believe politics are war- and superior firepower wins.
The sad part is that in this country- almost any idiot can acquire a gun, and create their own movie, starring themselves on the way to media stardom. Look at the pathetic Jared Lee Loughner- who with the simple act of shooting a congresswoman has propelled himself to a position of judge of right and wrong in this country. He thinks that our financial system means nothing without gold or silver backing it up- yet is able to buy a gun with that “worthless currency” and become a topic of discussion across the world.
Intelligent discussion of the actual system we have in place is for the most part ignored. The fact that our current economy is heavily tilted toward the wealthy becoming more wealthy isn’t understood by so many Jared’s out there- they just listen to the latest venomous hate speech that passes for political discourse- and voila, there you have it.
Just look at the quotes about diplomacy: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/diplomacy.html
They run the gamut. A few favorites:
- Diplomacy, n. is the art of letting somebody else have your way. David Frost
- To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy. Will Durant
- All diplomacy is a continuation of war by other means. Zhou Enlai
And then we have people like Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray, the 20 idiots who crashed 4 planes on 9/11, Joe Stack and Timothy McVeigh- who get their 15 minutes of fame and may or may not change the course of history.
We’ve even had a vice presidential candidate who defines the word mediocrity in almost everything she says and does- yet we see signs “We like her” and “Sarah”- who publishes a map with “targets” on democratic lawmakers.
Democracy requires diplomacy- and we seem to have forgotten it. The result- war, staged by bad actors, with cheap tools, and reckless actions that endanger us all on one end of the spectrum- and on the other, war staged by the military industrial complex with the most expensive tools on the planet- resulting in reckless action that makes our world a more dangerous place for all.
Diplomacy, debate, discussion need to be respected once again. If you’ve forgotten what debate is supposed to look like- watch the movie “The Great Debaters” starring Denzel Washington for a crash course. It should be mandatory viewing for our idiots in Congress- and for radio talk show hosts.
It’s time to end the rhetoric, the hate speech, the finger pointing and get back to diplomatic discussions of the issues. It’s time for debate to be based on facts and evaluated with logic- instead of grandstanding and hate mongering using fear and bullying- because as we’ve seen in Tuscon- it’s too easy for the bad actors to get top billing.