I’ll ignore the rest of Brooks’ polemic, since they are essentially ad hominem arguments with no factual validity.
Whether you agree with his policies or oppose them, President Obama is, at least until next January, the president of the U.S. You do not have to respect the man, but you must respect the office.
Throwing around straw-man arguments and ad hominem attacks as a cover for disrespecting the office is itself disrespectful, and is all too easily seen in these days of “Murdochracy,” in which “crackpot history and the right to lie,” as Adam Ant called it, takes the place of actual civil discourse in the public sphere.
—Glen Garcia, Edmond
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