Well, we're back. Sorry for the brief dead air. Let's hear from people who are never at a loss for words.
Charles Krauthammer on the Ground Zero Mosque: "Ground Zero is the site of the most lethal attack of that worldwide movement, which consists entirely of Muslims, acts in the name of Islam and is deeply embedded within the Islamic world. These are regrettable facts, but facts they are. And that is why putting up a monument to Islam in this place is not just insensitive but provocative."
Dennis Prager on the Left's inability to stop demonizing the Right: "A related defining characteristic of the Left is the ascribing of nefarious motives to conservatives. For the Left, a dismissal of conservatives’ motives is as important as a dismissal of the conservatives as people. It is close to impossible for almost anyone on the left — and I mean the elite Left, not merely left-wing blogs — to say, “There are good people on both sides of this issue.” From Karl Marx to Frank Rich of the New York Times, this has always been the case."
Thomas Sowell on "dismantling America": "How did we get to the point where many people feel that the America they have known is being replaced by a very different kind of country, with not only different kinds of policies but very different values and ways of governing?" Read the column to find out the answer.
Terry Teachout on incivility in the blogosphere: "It goes without saying that the world has always contained plenty of people who assume that you're a contemptible idiot if you disagree with them about anything. To be sure, I doubt that such creatures are significantly more numerous today than they were a century ago, or even a quarter-century, but I incline to think that they now talk quite a bit louder than they used to--especially when they're sitting alone at their computers."
Also from Teachout, this quote from George Washington's Rules of Civility: "1st Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present." (I wonder if this guy's ever read that?) ◙