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Quotes That Could Be From Me

Should I hide the person who said the quote until you click the link or is this format better? 

“I believe that Thomas Jefferson said, “”If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?”” – Glenn Beck, responding to a question by Bill O’Reilly if gay marriage hurts the country. He’s been criticized by the right harshly after that one. 

“I know some people reading this post are very hostile to the talk radio right, others are as hostile to the left, and still others are hostile toward me. What I want to insist is that this enterprise of talking to one another is nevertheless worthwhile — conducted the right way, something none of us has a monopoly on, it can be productive indeed. America is our shared neighborhood, one where broken windows cause everyone to behave a bit more badly to one another…” – Conor Friedersdorf on engaging with those you disagree with. 

A reader of mine has reminded me to not fall into the trap of only condemning one side of the debate or only seeing the good in my own “side.” Glenn Beck, who I more frequently than not disagree with, took a respectable position for respectable reasons, I shouldn’t hesitate to point that out.  Conor’s argument fits nicely with the mission of this blog to engage with those we disagree with to help us reach closer to the truth. 

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  1. Pat
    August 18, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    In many ways the true conservative (libertarian) and the socially liberal share many similarities: Both believe that the government should remove itself from issues such as abortion or gay marriage or even legalization of marijuana. "As long as it doesn't effect me, its none of my business". When religion (evangelism no less) was added to the pot (no pun intended), the Republican party lost its way and as a result have alienated many an independent voter.

  2. August 21, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    This video shows why O'Reilly is slipping and Beck has taken the lead at Fox.

  3. August 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Hmmm… Idk Beck is still a lot crazier than O'Reilly – many on the right actually see O'Reilly as too soft.

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