I was thinking twice about posting this here, as I can already sense what some of responses this thread will generate, however, I think it should be addressed. Especially since the majority of the the threads on this board have been rhetorically driven to criticize one side of the political spectrum. Back during the presidential primary, I had a heart to heart with a couple of my closest friends about what would happen with this country if Obama actually won. We came to the conclusion that although we wanted Obama to win and it would be great for our nation, it could also have an adverse affect on our society as it would bring out the worse in people who embrace indifference. And now, with the attack coming from conservatives on Sotomayor calling her a "reverse racist", to the assassination of George Tiller by an extreme pro-lifer, to the recent attack on a Holocaust Museum by a white supremacist all within the last month, I'm wondering just how long prominent Republicans and Conservatives are going to stay silent before trying to inflict ANY kind of damage control and make a real effort to criticize people who invoke and antagonize people with statements full of hate. And whether or not these isolated incidents are just that, or imagery to darker social times ahead. And now, the disclaimer... This isn't an issue about the 1st Amendment or denying people the right to Free Speech. This isn't about being "politically correct" or focusing on some kind of "liberal agenda". This isn't another thread to become an argument about one's morality about torture, abortion or baby foreskin. I hope this becomes a thread that focuses on accountability for what people say, the message it portrays even if it doesn't say it by exact words, and acknowledging the fact that actions do sometimes result in negative reactions that could do more harm than good. Discuss.