I resolve to avoid insulting my political opponents.
Oh, I may very well insult their views. There are indeed members of the Tea Party that believe in absolute nonsense.
I need to refrain from saying “That idiot twit Sarah Palin believes that taxes have gone up under Obama!” I can attack her views without attacking her personally. There is enough ammunition for pointing out her mistakes without having to point out the person behind the mistakes.
I should have resolved to lose weight or something, because that would have been easier.
But seriously, it is just tremendously difficult to do what I tried to do, especially if you want to be sarcastic or humorous. Sometimes a well placed insult can carry more of an argument than a simple argument. And sometimes people really are idiot twits.
I have refrained from insulting people’s looks — while I admittedly can laugh at the Chris Christie fat jokes, I don’t think it adds a thing to a debate and is as irrelevant to his political views as is his race or sex, yet people who would never think of insulting a politician’s race see nothing wrong with insulting his or her looks. I have at least refrained from stooping that low. (Now watch — someone will pull up some old post from last year where I did just that. I’m not perfect.)
Anyway, Happy New Year everybody. Forget resolutions about yourself; Make resolutions about how you will treat other people. Even if you don’t meet them, you can try and as human beings that’s the best we can do.