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Flipping the bird

Posted: November 14, 2008 9:25 p.m.
Updated: November 15, 2008 4:55 a.m.
 
David Kirschner justifies his action of "flipping the bird" at "Yes on 8" supporters by saying that his actions are protected by free speech laws.

I agree that his actions should be protected, but I also believe that his actions were in poor taste. I also think that his actions say something about the level of uncivil discourse in this country.

In a symbolic sense we have had too much "flipping the bird" over the last few years.

When people steal other people's campaign signs, when political pontificators yell others down on their talk shows, and when people in general fail to listen to someone else they don't agree with, we are in a sense "flipping them the bird."

We need to have enough respect for each other to at least listen, and saying "f--- you" to someone is not listening.

We should not model the likes of Bill O'Reilly, Lou Dobbs or Ann Coulter. Calling people names, or "flipping them off," is not going to help a person's cause.

I did not vote "yes" on 8, and I did not support the cause, but I think they had the right to express their views.

It is true that Mr. Kirschner did as well, but in the future I hope that he chooses a more civil and appropriate means of rebuttal.

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