But I have so so much to say. Oh so much.
I think it's better to keep my mouth shut. Because this is what will happen:
Those of you who agree with me will feel grateful. You'll be glad someone else is talking about your feelings on the various subjects I'm dying to talk about.
And those of you who don't agree with me will still not agree with me and will have a knot in your stomach because you think I'm just a little delusional and stupid.
So how about this? How about if all of us agree to read two or three things a week from different sources: conservative, liberal, moderate. Let's come up with a good list for each other of sources that are reasonable and thoughtful. Post article ideas in the comments, and I will read them. Maybe we can all read them and have a rational, educated discussion.
And until then, read this on civility. Beautifully, powerfully stated. I especially loved these paragraphs:
The need for civility is perhaps most relevant in the realm of partisan politics. As the Church operates in countries around the world, it embraces the richness of pluralism. Thus, the political diversity of Latter-day Saints spans the ideological spectrum. Individual members are free to choose their own political philosophy and affiliation. Moreover, the Church itself is not aligned with any particular political ideology or movement. It defies category. Its moral values may be expressed in a number of parties and ideologies.Furthermore, the Church views with concern the politics of fear and rhetorical extremism that render civil discussion impossible. As the Church begins to rise in prominence and its members achieve a higher public profile, a diversity of voices and opinions naturally follows. Some may even mistake these voices as being authoritative or representative of the Church. However, individual members think and speak for themselves. Only the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles speak for the whole Church.