Fascinating response to Armed Services Committee article
Yesterday I wrote an article about the Senate Armed Service Committee's decision to pass a bill giving more protection and rights to terrorist captives than I believe they deserve.
The article was picked up by RealClearPolitics.com which does not (probably wisely on their part) allow comments.
It was also picked up in the Op-Ed section of Yahoo News at this link:
What fascinated me was all the comments received there on my post.
Of the 40 or so comments, I can count on one hand the number that agreed with my position.
I can take the criticism, and I am actually glad to see so many people interested in these issues. But still the balance of the comments leads me to wonder whether I am truly in that small a minority of the country or whether I have just learned a lot about the demographic that reads the Yahoo News Op-Ed section. My guess is that it's more of the latter.
Now, many of the critical comments were thoughtful and intelligent; they represented some fundamental disagreement between me and a few others who were really concerned and really thinking about things. Others, however, were simply people who hate George Bush and reflexively oppose anything he supports.
Although I don't love reading so many negative comments and insults, it is nevertheless an interesting education into part of the American political psyche. Despite being massively outnumbered in that particular forum, my hunch is that the country is much more evenly balanced than the comments represent, and are probably closer to my position when push comes to shove. The fact that the betting (on tradesports.com) on the GOP keeping control of the House of Representatives has gone from about 41% to about 52% in just a week probably shows the same thing since most of the news since that time has been about homeland security.
I posted my last comment to the Yahoo thread, offering to post a thoughtful rebuttal by someone who disagrees with me. We'll see if anyone takes me up on it.
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