haven't had much luck with "liberals" here on the home page, at leastwith
only one or two exceptionsnot those who take the left side of recent socio-political
debate in the postcards department and the eforum. Those who've become "vocal"
have tended to not stick around long, but even when they've tried to hold their
ground they haven't seemed able to get much sympathy from the long-term members,
even those who have outed themselves as Democrats or partisans of organized labor.
Usually the advocates for liberal positions get belligerent, overbearing, or cloak
themselves behind semi-anonymity (almost none of them sign their screeds) rather
than participating in good humored give-and-take with the rest of us. And after
such behavior runs its course for a while, the webmaster starts getting requests
to ask them to leave. Though I consider it my job to give them as hard a time
as I can in the forums, I'm disappointed that none of them have lasted long in
the ring, so to speak, but am even more disappointed that none of them have been
The most recent example is one who lasted
as a member of the forum for only a couple of days. He undertook to lob verbal
hand grenades at my
Good Friday/Annunciation reflections about the tragic case of Terri Shiavo.
But rather than politely addressing one or more of the points I made, his first
post to the Forum was titled "Bad issue," a subject line not geared
to endear himself to the one (that would be me) who chose the issue. Heck, it's
hard enough to get any issue to talk about for 400 or 500 words three times
a week, without an upstart newby calling me out for picking a "bad issue."
His assault was a single paragraph of one unsubstantiated*
claim after another. And here we see, I think, a pattern in most of the self-proclaimed
liberals who've tried to make their cases here and ended up leaving. They seem
unschooled as debaters (which is ironic, as "the school" is often cited
as "the church" of the liberal and education is hailed as the liberals'
way of salvation).
What's so hard about engaging in polite
conversation? Or using a little scholarly gentleness? "I thought you had
some provocative things to say on Friday, but I disagree on some points..."
buys you a license to speak. Then you can let me have it, instead of, in
effect, coming out of the gate with "that other guy doesn't know what he's
talking about and here's the truth about poor Michael Shiavo's humane attempt
to help his brain-dead wife into her eternal rest."
how about it? Will someone try to bring a little balance to this forum, and balance
the effort not only with arguments but some class?
Jon Kennedy Unsubstantiated here, by him, that is; I'm
sure others making the same claims in some of the liberal media outlets have had
some "documentation" they've used to bolster similar claims.
A complete index of Jon Kennedy's Jonals for 2001 - 2005