Adnan Abdeen: Disappointed in ridiculous rudeness

By Signal Contributor

Last update: Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Over the last two years, I have watched our national politics descend into a childish incivility that pollutes our country’s political conversation and needlessly distracts from the important issues we face.

From Hillary Clinton’s “Dangerous Donald” to President Trump’s unending Twitter tussles, we have witnessed a near-daily assault on civility and focus in politics.

Like most Santa Claritans, I am a practical voter with an aversion to boorishness. We demand a respectful exchange of views based on fact-based logic concerning important issues.

I was thus troubled by a May 26 opinion article that offered an appalling display of name-calling and unnecessary discourtesy, undoubtedly distracting readers from otherwise intriguing arguments regarding recent talk of impeachment.

As Americans, we rightly delight in spirited political discussion. But for the sake of decency and for the sake of maintaining focus on the real issues, let’s together commit to avoiding ridiculous rudeness.

 

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Adnan Abdeen: Disappointed in ridiculous rudeness

Over the last two years, I have watched our national politics descend into a childish incivility that pollutes our country’s political conversation and needlessly distracts from the important issues we face.

From Hillary Clinton’s “Dangerous Donald” to President Trump’s unending Twitter tussles, we have witnessed a near-daily assault on civility and focus in politics.

Like most Santa Claritans, I am a practical voter with an aversion to boorishness. We demand a respectful exchange of views based on fact-based logic concerning important issues.

I was thus troubled by a May 26 opinion article that offered an appalling display of name-calling and unnecessary discourtesy, undoubtedly distracting readers from otherwise intriguing arguments regarding recent talk of impeachment.

As Americans, we rightly delight in spirited political discussion. But for the sake of decency and for the sake of maintaining focus on the real issues, let’s together commit to avoiding ridiculous rudeness.

 

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  • Brian Baker

    Well, Adnan, there was only one column about impeachment published that day, and it happened to be written by me.

    Here’s one of the great things about this country. If there’s something you don’t like, you don’t have to read it. No one’s putting a gun to your head and forcing you to do that. Cool, huh?

    Now, there was a point I was making in the tone I took in that column. It seemed pretty obvious to me, but I guess you missed it, so I’ll explain it to you.

    The very idea of impeaching Trump at this point in time, with absolutely no constitutionally valid reason for doing so — none, zero, zip, nada — or even talking about it, is so absurd it’s ludicrous, and the only people doing so are a bunch of leftist lunatics, aided and abetted by their Greek chorus in the overtly liberal and partisan mainstream media. Thus I gave them all the “respectful exchange of views based on fact-based logic” they’ve earned by doing so.

    In other words, none.

    I hope that clears things up for you.

  • Brian Baker

    Oh, by the way. Your complaint would have a lot more validity if I’d ever read anything like it at any time over the years when other writers here — such as the gone and not missed Zaring, or Horton, or Vignola — had written things that didn’t meet your definition of “civility”. But I guess that standard only gets applied when the author is a non-leftist.

  • Gil Mertz

    We need to stop talking about crazy things and focus more on serious things, like impeaching President Trump. The irony is priceless.

    • Brian Baker

      Of which I’m sure he’s completely unaware. My experience tells me that most lefties aren’t prone to self-examination.

      • Gil Mertz

        As evidenced by the Russian lie. After seven months, Democrats STILL cannot come to grips that American’s rejected Obama’s policies, that they had no message, and they had arguably the worst presidential candidate in American history. No, it MUST have been the Russians. Frankly, I hope they keep blaming the Russians as it will only further alienate them from American voters.

        Kathy Griffin is the poster child for lefties not prone to self-examination as she actually blamed Trump yesterday for her disgraceful “joke”. Today she’s saying the bloody head was in retaliation for what Trump said about Megan Kelly in the first GOP debate last year. I’d say I’m shocked but this is what we’ve come to expect from today’s far-left loons.

        • Brian Baker

          Ah, yes. Kathy Griffin. A perfect case study.

          The day she put her “apology” on YouTube, I actually bought into it. She looked and sounded sincere. I figured that everyone makes mistakes, and unlike all the rest of her loony leftist ilk, she was actually taking responsibility for her actions, a stunning change from our current norm.

          But then, the rest of the stuff hit the fan, and she started suffering actual penalties, like losing her CNN gig and being ditched by Franken. Suddenly, she’s a “victim”, and it becomes crystal clear that her “apology” was nothing but a big fake job, a bit of theater staged and performed in the hopes of avoiding any real consequences.

          Once that failed, the blame game began. Very much like the Hildebeast’s current Victimhood Tour.

          • Gil Mertz

            Even when Kathy Griffin was on network TV and not spewing her vile trash, I never thought she was very funny. But seeing her squirm and blame Trump…now THAT’S hilarious!

            Almost as good as watching HilLIARy disgrace herself over and over again with each embarrassing interview. When the shameless DNC hacks on CNN begin questioning her, you KNOW it’s bad. In her last whine fest, she questioned why Comey went after her emails but not the Russians. uhhhh….it’s that nagging thing called “evidence”.

          • Brian Baker

            LOL!… yeah!

            She can’t seem to wrap her little mind around the fact that if she hadn’t broken the law about her emails and classified info in the FIRST PLACE, there’d have been nothing for “THE RUSSIANS!!!” or anyone else to have “released” in the first place.

          • Gil Mertz

            There you go again getting bogged down in facts, Brian. What’s truly amazing is we learned more about Clinton’s corruption and illegal activity from the Russians than from America’s mainstream media.

          • Brian Baker

            DARN those pesky facts!

          • Brian Richards

            Cathy Griffin is like the bully who throws the first punch then cries like a baby when she gets her butt kicked. Her tears are like champagne to me.

          • Phil Ellis

            How true. It makes you wonder why.

          • Gary Bierend

            What cracks me up about Griffin is certainly not her comedy, but the fact that she is bemoaning the loss of her career (such as it was) because the people that used to hire her are now dropping her so they won’t be boycotted because of their relationship with her.

            As a liberal, she should be all in favor of boycotts, it’s their thing!

          • Brian Baker

            You’re right! Yet MORE irony!

          • Gil Mertz

            Gary, if you try to apply reason, logic, and consistency to liberals, you’ll only be frustrated. Better to just laugh and walk away.

  • lois eisenberg

    “Adnan Abdeen: Disappointed in ridiculous rudeness”
    After reading your LTE I knew that some disgruntled posters ” non-leftist, would give you
    a bad time about your LTE.
    And true to form it came to pass. ****
    Adnan, take the sources that it comes from, and continue your quest about
    “ridiculous rudeness” *****

  • Anthony Breznican

    Another thoughtful column, thrown to the rabid dogs of the Signal’s comment section. In my business, there’s a saying: Never read the comments. For now, there are about five dudes with sky-high blood pressure who have deputized themselves to make the Signal’s website as hostile as possible. They google other commenters and post hints about their lives and jobs by way of intimidation, they call women “crazy cat lady” and other sexist insults.

    I like the spirit of Mr. Abdeen’s letter, and one thing that reassures me is that most of the people here who are trying to intimidate readers are actually desperate little Comment Section Cowboys, irrelevant in the real world, and desperate for attention — mostly because they don’t get it anywhere else.

    Civility is hard to come by, especially in politics, but most of the practitioners of rudeness aren’t worth hearing anyway.

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