David Hogg. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Politics can get personal. Political beliefs are often strongly held; emotions can and do run high.
There was never an era in our country’s history when this wasn’t so.
But the past few decades have featured a worsening trend – thoughtful argumentation increasingly displaced by ad hominem personal attacks.
The internet was an adrenaline infusion into this disturbing turn in the culture, providing an easy way for the sickest minds and the worst instincts to set the tone.
And for years people have been telling me they’re sick of it, but feel helpless to do anything about it.
There’s no reason to feel that way anymore, because you have the power to put the haters in their place.
Consider the case of David Hogg, the student survivor of the Parkland, Florida school massacre who’s been a prominent part of the ensuing student activism for stricter gun controls.
Some who disagree have chosen to take Hogg on over the issues; but others, like wretched Fox News talk show host Laura Ingraham, have descended into juvenile taunting, which, it should be noted, Hogg himself has at times indulged in.
Ingraham put out a tweet ridiculing Hogg over some college application rejections. He responded by urging an advertiser boycott of Ingraham’s show.
Lo and behold, some of them agreed with Hogg, and Ingraham couldn’t backpedal fast enough, issuing a groveling apology.
Yes, you have the power to push back on the creeps who want to degrade our politics.
All you have to do is recognize it, and use it.
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