A Traditional New Year’s Resolution

Resolved: try not to be a total dick to conservatives. It just strengthens their stereotypes, and while some of us liberals may, at least some of the time, deserve their jibes, it’s not fair to all the liberal folk who go out of the way to rise above it. (I’m thinking people like Larry Lessig, Dan Gillmor, John Perry Barlow, and others.) They get tarred with the same brush.

Really, if you play that “your side are bad people” game you have already lost. You can speak truth without invective. You can judge policies and actions and ideas without judging people.

The important thing is not so much getting the good people in power, as getting the people in power to do what is good, in any case.