Lowest Common Denominator
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
July 30, 2012 08:13 AM | 1436 views | 3 3 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
One of the problems with today's political discourse is the incivility. Nothing positive can happen when you demonize and denigrate those with whom you disagree.

Mr. D.A. King and I have engaged in a back and forth blog discussion on immigration I began some time ago by suggesting Mr. King's inflammatory rhetoric was counterproductive. I noted that proof could be found in the numbers of Hispanics and Latinos, formerly reliable Republican voters, who now support Democrats in overwhelming numbers.

Mr. King, who initially promised to ignore me, has responded by unleashing a series of poorly written personal attacks on me for merely attempting to elevate the debate. He obviously takes comfort and encouragement in the few responses he gets from his cadre of followers.

All his blogs are posted on the MDJ site alongside my blogs. Take a look.

Who's the adult and who's the hysterical reactionary unable to engage in a grown-up discussion? Mr. King is intellectually challenged and lacking the resources to respond civily, he resorts to juvenile nonsense, lamely attempting to embarrass me when it is Mr. King who should hide in shame.

Mr. King, you and your ilk are one of the best things that has ever happened to progressives. In fact, it may well be your own race-baiting that makes the difference for President Obama if he's re-elected.  

Keep up the good work, sir.
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Kevin Foley
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July 30, 2012
My stars, Marie! For heaven's sake, I know you and and the rest of his disciples think Mr. D.A. King is just the bee's knees! Land's sakes alive, my next door neighbor and I just laugh ourselves silly and sometimes wince when we read your posts supporting this self-styled illegal immigration "expert"!

Then, my goodness me, we realize you're one of his better informed supporters!
Marie in Marietta
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July 30, 2012
Oh, Kevin. I winced for you when you first attacked DA King - because you started something you are unable to finish. In your blog from April 27 here after King rejected your silly argument to change the English language to describe illegal aliens, you seemed less than "grownup" Kevin.

Remember?:

"Evidently Mr. King is more comfortable down there on the low road with his VDARE colleagues. He responded to my well-mannered suggestions with a smug, condescending justification of his brand of racial prejudice. Yes, Mr. King, it's racial. You can stop pretending now. Along with Jan Brewer and Joe Arpaio, you've simply found a way to camouflage your bias against Latinos and Hispanics by wrapping yourself in the American flag and crying "our laws are being broken!". And like a lot of demagogues you're even somewhat famous hereabouts, where it's not terribly difficult to find other bigoted bullies who'll line up with you.

Haven't we seen this movie before? It used to be "uppity Negros" who "didn't know their place" in the old Jim Crow era; burning Freedom Rider buses, poll taxes, and Bull Connor's attack dogs. Now it's undocumented workers, most of whom find themselves employed and often exploited by American business owners, doing the dirty jobs none of us want to do: Cleaning toilets, washing dishes, gutting chickens, digging holes. And D.A. King adds to their misery.

Kevin, King allowed how his organization has lots of different types of people (of all colors, Kevin, cause we know that matters to you)and announced his intention to grant your wish and help you with your goal of being well known. Persoannly, I think his reminder of your racebaiting on the Tea Party and Allen West was quite amusing. So was your response to a letter to the editor that omitted any note that West is black and you didn't know it.

It was also a scream (for my neighbor too) when you jumped in and told King that he was wrong on Obama's amnesty not being a Executive Order. You got that wrong too Kevin

Fold your tent on King, Kevin. You are completely out classed.

Oh, Kevin. Hate talk?
Lib in Cobb
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July 30, 2012
Kevin:

It is people like King who have made me speak up very loudly and often about my political beliefs which are driven by my core values. For many years I listened to the words of my father, "You don't talk about money, politics or religion". Well, sorry dad, it is the right wing whitlenuts who have made me react, sometimes with anger. I no longer politely attempt to change the subject when I am met with hate speech based on lack of knowledge.

Thank you for your fine work.
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