Okay, I suppose most of the people who’ve been reading that thread think I have no idea how over-the-top and outrageous my behavior in it has been, how inflammatory and insulting the things I had to say were, and how stubborn, intransigent and unyielding I appeared to be, but such is not the case.
I put it to you that for every outrageous, insulting characterization of liberals I made in that and the other thread linked by Rubystreak, I could find hundreds if not thousands of equally inflammatory, outrageous and insulting things said about conservatives/Republicans posted and agreed with around here every day, and that for every twinge of outrage and anger you feel over my characterization of liberals in those threads, I experience the same feelings of anger and outrage over the way my side is portrayed here dozens if not hundreds of times a day myself.
Now, my real-life self is nothing like my onscreen personna here. I’m friendly, outgoing, gregarious and, fortunately, almost always happy. I can honestly say that I can’t think of a single person who knows me, either well or superficially, who doesn’t like me. And even here, it’s rare indeed for someone to approach me reasonably and respectfully and not get the same treatment in return, as I think (and hope) Revenant Threshold in that thread would agree.
But I was raised to give as good as I get, and my onscreen personna here reflects that. You call me stupid and stubborn for not coming around to your way of thinking when you offer this or that cite or argument, but how many of you have done a 180 in your politics because of this or that reasonable cite and argument posted by Sam Stone or Bricker? How many of you posess the unyielding blind adherence to ideology that you deride in me? And how many of you post the exact same type of outrageously over-the-top characterizations and insults about conservatives and Republicans that you find so ridiculous and inflammatory when it’s coming from me?
I don’t particularly like behaving the way I do around here, but after making several attempts early on at a more reasonable Sam Stone-like posting style I decided there was no percentage in that. Cites, facts and statistics are nothing more than excuses for bickering and obfuscation; a logical well-reasoned statement, if conservative, is invariably met with scorn and accusations of moronity, stupidity, selfishness, stubborness, etc. by people who are by their very words demonstrating these very same qualities themselves.
So I decided fuck it, there’s no point in trying to be reasonable or diplomatic around here - and given the 10-to-20 to 1 ratio of liberal vs. conservative combatants, there’s no time to contend diplomatically with everyone acting like assholes anyway- so I’ll just state my opinions boldly and without equivocation and let people make of them what they will.
And so we come to where we are now. If you want to see less in the way of inflammatory statements coming out of me, then how about less in the way of inflammatory statements coming out of you? If you want to see more well-reasoned assessments of liberals and what you want to accomplish coming out of me, how about my seeing the same out of you? If you want to see me yielding and admitting it when you score a legitimate point, how about you yield and admit it when I or any of the other conservatives around here score legitimjate points ourselves? And if you want me to stop behaving as though everything you think, do or say is idiocy personified, then how about you stop doing the same with those of us who disagree with you?