This is something a teenager would argue:
From Sara Palin's speech
on the Tuscon shooting:
And they claim political debate has somehow gotten more heated just recently. But when was it less heated? Back in those “calm days” when political figures literally settled their differences with dueling pistols?
People are saying that recently
the debate has gotten more heated. To counter that, Palin reaches back two centuries to "prove" that's not so.