One of the reasons I really like Prof. Althouse's blog (apart from her fascination with many of the same TV shows that fascinate me -- "American Idol" and "The Apprentice") is that she exhibits a level-headed non-partisanship. For example, she describes a letter she received from NOW that strikes her as overheated rhetoric:
"George Bush has launched a full-scale assault on women while the war in Iraq continues to provide cover for the damage he is doing to our rights at home." So reads a letter from NOW I received yesterday. Oh, how I detest this kind of rhetoric! I suppose it helps raise money to instill a sense of emergency and to make the other side look aggressively evil.
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The tone of this letter is so overheated and lacking in rationality that if I were not seeing the name of the organization that sent it, I would not believe it was sent by a large, important organization. Clearly, many people who support abortion rights also understand and can respect the position of those who oppose them. I'm completely offended by this characterization of abortion opponents as outrageous extremists who smirk with glee as they exercise ill-gotten power to carry out a dangerous anti-woman agenda.
It's too bad that there aren't more people on both sides of contentious issues who are as thoughtful as Prof. Althouse.