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Americans argue to extremes, sure, but they also care deeply [ObamaCare, SCOTUS & Birthers](Barf)
The Toronto Globe & Mail ^ | August 5, 2009 | John Ibbitson

Posted on 08/04/2009 10:08:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

rovided it stays on schedule, the Senate will confirm Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court on Thursday.

All 60 senators in the Democratic caucus are expected to vote aye, and about half a dozen Republicans will go along. One, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, explained that Judge Sotomayor would not be his choice, but Barack Obama won the election, and should get to decide who goes on the bench.

Reason.

House Minority Leader John Boehner sent out a release, warning the Democrats' proposed health-care legislation will “start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia.”

Lunacy.

One of the hardest things for a Canadian to grasp is how wild American political fights can get. Sure, there are days when politicians put aside partisanship to legislate in the best interests of the country. But such days are few.

In Canada, attacks can get nasty and personal. But Canadian political culture bends toward accommodation. Even when there are debates – on free trade, the Constitution, whether to join the war in Iraq, same-sex marriage – society usually coalesces around whatever gets decided.

U.S. society is far more polarized. Most Republican senators will vote against confirming Judge Sotomayor, in part because the National Rifle Association fears she may support gun-control laws.

Canada doesn't have an NRA, and there was little conservative opposition when Paul Martin chose to appoint Rosalie Abella to the Supreme Court, despite her long record of liberal and judicially active rulings. It would have been poor form.

But Americans love to argue, and much of what they yell at each other is crazy talk. Nothing in the health-care bill would encourage euthanasia, and Mr. Boehner knows it. But in American politics, it's fair game to just flat out lie.(continued)

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TOPICS: Canada; Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: allahpundit; banglist; birthers; certifigate; charlesjohnson; congress; healthcare; hillary; hotair; lgf; obamacare; pumas; racism; scotus; socializedmedicine; talkradio
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1 posted on 08/04/2009 10:08:39 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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But in American politics, it's fair game to just flat out lie.

True we have a president & congress & senate & maybe all of Washington DC that love to tell us lie after lie.

2 posted on 08/04/2009 10:13:06 PM PDT by pandoraou812 (elected officials should be required to pass drug, alcohol & dementia testing)
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Hey Lindsey, taking the “high ground” when a knife is being held to your throat only leads to your death. Give an example of liberals giving way to a Republican President’s nominations over the previous 8 years.


3 posted on 08/04/2009 10:46:59 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Dad of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier presently instructing at Ft. Benning.)
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