No Defense for the Offense

Most North Carolina voters, it seems, are likely to support the amendment. I disagree with them, but that doesn’t mean I should say they all have small minds or evil intent. Once you start down that road, you end up ranting and raving to an ever-shrinking audience characterized by uniform views and smug self-satisfaction.

I know it has become a cliché to make the following point, but some clichés are simply popular distillations of important truths. We should be able to disagree without being disagreeable. We should be able to debate political topics without making everything relentlessly and poisonously personal. And we should be able to laugh at ourselves, and among ourselves, even when discussing serious topics.

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