Bill Whittle is a Hollywood TV editor who, unlike the rest of that town, actually has some sense about the real world. Monday, he posted an essay in his blog, Eject! Eject! Eject!, that should be required reading for anyone wishing to take part in the public discourse. Yes, it's long. Yes, he gets vehement at times. Yes, it can be uncomfortable if you're of the Pink mindset (which he explains all about). Go read it anyway.
The only thing I can add, for myself, is a soft "woof".