Note from Dan: This email came in Tuesday. I asked the sender for a copy of the flyer — he said it so disturbed him that he threw it away Monday. I don’t want to render any judgments on it until I’ve seen it. Has anybody? If so, scan it and send it to me.
I live in the 8th House District, am pro-life, and believe that political discourse should be genuine, polite, and reasonable. Yesterday I received a mailing that greatly disappointed me – especially since it was sent from what is theoretically “my side” of the political spectrum.
A group known as The Family Foundation (I know nothing about them) sent a flier – I assume to all citizens in the 8th HOD – praising our two state elected officers for their pro-life votes. Those two officials are Greg Habeeb and Ralph Smith. Regardless of how much I agree or disagree with Habeeb and Smith on issues in general, I am thankful that they are pro-life. However, this mailing disgusted me. It was not genuine – as the pictures it used attempted to portray falsely pro-choice advocates as lawless. It was not polite – as it attempted to demonize the “other side.” It was not reasonable – as it did nothing to further a thoughtful dialogue but instead fanned flames of discord.
I assume that neither Habeeb nor Smith authorized this mailing. It looked like something that truly came from a third party with our local officials names simply stamped on it. (I assume that other districts in the state received the same mailing.) However, if I was in either of their shoes, I would be highly upset for including my name on something like this as though I had asked for it to be mailed on my behalf.
I wish 3rd party groups on both sides – like this so-called Family Foundation – would work to build genuine, polite, and reasonable discussion and debate. Maybe that’s too much to hope for.