The politics of being nice |

The politics of being nice

I’m not supporting or endorsing any candidates here, and maybe most of them are really glad of that!

But I can’t help but comment on a trend that I see developing.

There seems to be an increasing number of calls being made for political candidates to be nice and not engage in personal attacks.

It’s interesting that this is happening now!

If memory serves, it wasn’t all that long ago that Nevada County’s elected supervisors were under almost daily personal attack, were often being called all types of names, enduring all types of allegations up to and including being equated with the 9/11 terrorists and having engaged in financial kickback schemes.

In one case, I believe that there may have actually been some “stalking” going on.

Where were the calls for restraint then?

It seems perhaps now that the shoe is on the other foot, some people are getting nervous?

NH 2020 is gone and there is the Property Owners Compensation Initiative.

Robin Sutherland is hiding out because of tax problems and possible ties to Indian gaming interests. Rene Antonson is running a write-in campaign and the Nevada County Republican party is at each other’s throats.

And now everyone should be nice!

It never ceases to amaze me how the political right wing is willing to engage in the most divisive, destructive and disgusting political activities and rhetoric imaginable, and then whine and snivel if they think that they might be criticized for anything.

The skin seems awful thin!

These are the same people who scream about poor people and immigrants, calling them “leeches,” and labeling their political opponents as “enemies, communists and godless heathens.”

They talk about destroying those they oppose! They scream for blood with more fervor than an audience from “Gladiator”!

But when the tables are turned, it then becomes the politics of personal destruction and everyone should be nice and focus on the issues.

You know what folks?

If you live by the sword, you die by the sword!

Think about it!

Mike Thornton

Grass Valley

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