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Jon Halsey: Comments on demonization
Voicing disagreement is a primary example of ...let[ing] our representative form of government play out., he says, and adds, "However, attacks on personal character just because we disagree have no place in civil discourse but seems far removed from undermining the Constitution. Comments re article 83269 Billy Joe Fudge Civics lesson By Jon Halsey
Any Civics "lesson" should also be cognizant of and respect the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Democracy places no proscriptions on the right to speak out against those with whom we disagree. In fact, voicing disagreement is a primary example of "...let[ing] our representative form of government play out."
Quite apart from the blessings of Democracy and especially our Republican form of Government, which is what creates our Representative form of Government, common civility should inhibit "...the demonization of those with whom we disagree."
To strongly disagree with someone and to question their motives seems far removed from demonization. However, attacks on personal character just because we disagree have no place in civil discourse but seems far removed from undermining the Constitution.
- Jon Halsey
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