Comments:Hostage taker surrenders peacefully at Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire campaign office
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What's the motive? Fephisto 22:39, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
Would i be too out of line to suggest this could help Clinton's campaign in any way? 126.96.36.199 22:48, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
The Over-Dramatization of Politics
What was going through the mind of the man who took at least four people hostage at the Rochester campaign office of Hillary Clinton?
Do I really have to ask?
Obviously, no sane person, no matter what their political views, would ever do such a thing. But add a mentally unstable person such as Leeland Eisenberg to the picture, and overzealous rhetoric can become a dangerous reality. Eisenberg's actions today should serve as a clear warning that politics has become over-dramatized in our society.
And the Left is not blameless, either. Does anyone else remember when, not long after President Bush's inauguration in 2001, a man armed with a pistol began firing shots into the air from the White House gates? Then, as now, the rhetoric of fear and loathing inspires more than campaigning and voting.
Sadly, this rhetoric is understandable. From a strictly-political point of view, it is much more productive to tap into voters' emotions than voters' reason. If you cannot inspire passion within the limits of a lamentably short attention span, you can be assured that your opponents will.
But today should make it clear that things have gone too far. It's time to calm down and recognize that, whoever wins the presidency, it won't be the end of the world. We have four-year terms and a two-term limit for a reason.
That said, I have no hope that this will happen. We have bred a generation of authoritarian politicians and ideologues who care more about power than anything else. Some of them may even see the actions of people like Eisenberg as a sign of the strength of their supporter's convictions.
- Yarvin 23:25, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
- You got to realize, that a some people may do these things for the same reason any revolution occurs. Although, I agree that doesn't seem to be the case here. Fephisto 22:53, 4 December 2007 (UTC)
The scales of equality
Wouldn't it be ashame to blame Christianity for this heinous act committed by this man? That would actually be the equivalent of a Muslim committing such acts and the public says it's in the name of Islam. That will never happen!
- I, for one, agree. On the whole, I find political ideologies are a lot scarier than religions. -Yarvin 04:28, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
- That's asinine ... it would only make sense if the man himself claimed to be doing it in the name of religion and I haven't seen such claims. People blame Islam because people claim to be doing things in the name of Allah. I am not saying that is fair or not, but the committers of the acts are the ones who implicate their religion themselves. --SVTCobra 06:22, 1 December 2007 (UTC)
So we all agree she pulled a political stunt?
Whether we are concerned for her safety, or scornful for her cheap tactics, we are still giving her the attention she was trying to grab here, so do yourself a favor and read about another candidate like Barack Obama There is a great documentary done by the BBC called Century of the Self that takes a Freudian psychological look at politics and our society as a whole. (source credit needed.) After seeing this, her media grab may not seem so unlikely.
--188.8.131.52 10:04, 2 December 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I bet she's loving this...
This is better press for her than any stunt she could have pulled off herself. Stupid Leeland. She's been trying to play the victimized strong-woman card for the entire campaign, and you just handed that to her. I hope you're happy.
douche bag gos nuts
The head line says it all