So how do we pull back? How do those of us on the right reconcile our views with those of us on the left to form a more perfect union?
It would seem to me that we must start within ourselves. We must be sure of our opinions but not be so narrow minded in our views so as to exclude those who disagree with us. Our representative democracy is a messy way to do things. It’s fraught with the foibles of accepting the idea that free speech implies conflict of oppinion.
I always wonder about those who would simply shout-down anyone else who disagrees with them. Are you so weak in your position or do you have such little faith in the intelligence of those around you that your ideas can’t withstand an opposing view?
I’m reminded of the recent troubles with Bill Ayers' proposed speech at the University of Wyoming. Such vitriol leveled at the man and the University. Think what you will of the man, hold fast your belief, but just as you have a right to hear, read and seek out those who agree with your views, so does the other side. And by extension, are not your views strengthened by the views of the other side? Are not there more people who might find there way to your way of seeing things after hearing such words?
Perhaps. Perhaps not, but the whole point of free speech is that by and large, all speech should be heard, even that with which we disagree. And while letting someone of the stature of Bill Ayers speak may be a bitter pill to sallow, to ensure that everyone has the same right, I would recommend you follow that pill with a strong chaser.