The mainstream media can handle politicians who talk about cutting government on the campaign trail but abandon those views once in office. They cannot, however, deal with those who actually follow through on their promises, as witness an Associated Press story that is positively apoplectic about the “vision of the future” being presented to Montana residents by “newly elected lawmakers from the loose-knit, largely conservative anti-tax tea party coalition.”
On Thursday, less than two days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata was buried in Brownsville, Texas, a Houston police officer was shot twice during a massive crackdown on drug cartels in the U.S. in response to Zapata’s death. A suspect was also shot in the raid on a Houston home. Both men survived, and reports are that veteran officer Nainash Patel's wounds are not life-threatening. According to Chron.com on February 25, authorities made 33 arrests, seizing drugs, cash, and guns.
Some of the most disturbing and well-organized political incidents in U.S. history are riots and civil unrest, such as what is now boiling in the state of Wisconsin, where leftist and unionist forces have commandeered the state capitol, Madison, and are demanding that Republican Governor Scott Walker bow to their demands for collective bargaining and other exorbitant government benefits and pensions.
Fred DuVal, a friend of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and a member of the Arizona Board of Regents, has proposed a “Civility Institute” to promote compromise among opposing political parties and views. He believes the best way to start is by attempting to define “best practices and corrosive practices” in public discourse. DuVal puts it this way: “How do we nurture robustness on one hand and not in any way chill speech, and keep it in bounds that are not destructive to democracy? Will it change the nature of dialogue? That will be a tall order.”