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Jonal entry 993 | Friday, June
Though no one took to heart my plea on Monday for more, and more civil,
and more edifying speech ("engagements") on this forum, I did receive
one acerbic dismissive email two days later giving the writer's opinion
as to why my wish will not be granted. Though I was only indirectly
addressed in it, I quickly and perfunctorily dispatched an answer to
the list. The post discussing Monday's Jonal, along with my reply, are
online at the permanent email list site here,
so I won't repeat them in full. But the point of today's topic is to
admit that I broke my own "rules" proposed on Monday. Though they didn't
anticipate angry dismissive and caustic exchanges, I still should have
followed my own proposals and answered the perceived attack on me and
my ideas more dispassionately. So I will repeat here the places where
I should have followed my only rules (indented) and the things I should
have said on Wednesday.
|This might get me another trip to the tar and
feather pit but, Oh well!
Casting yourself as a victim of others' "tar and feathering" seems to
suggest that you doubt your legitimate place on the list. We're all
equal here, if we choose to be. No one can "tar and feather" you any
more than you can, and probably do, others.
|I don't think we're going to see an increase
in the dialogue because this forum doesn't have an atmosphere that
supports a variation in membership, AKA different people with differing
views and philosophies.
How so? The tests of membership here are interest in the Blacklick Valley
and a desire to dialog with others with the same interest. Nothing more,
nothing less, nothing political, religious, or otherwise prejudicial.
|I'm one of MAYBE three non-conservatives in our
How so, and if "our group" is the list members, how can you
possibly know this? I'm the moderator of the list and I have no idea
anyone's political philosophy nor do I care. All I know is what people
have said, and only a half a dozen, certainly less than a dozen, of
the well over 100 members have ever said anything that might give a
clue as to their politics, even if I were looking for clues.
|But because I'm not a conservative, that makes
me full of **** and not worth listening to and fair game to be verbally
Who has said or implied any such thing here? There are thousands of
emails in the forum archive; could you please point out to me some in
which such things have been expressed? We do have a rule against personal
attacks on fellow list members, but no one has asked us to enforce it
for at least two years.
|Because I'm not a lemming willing to follow George
Bush into hell, I'm called a traitor. I question the motives, capabilities
and intelligence of our President and I'm branded unpatriotic.
Where? When? Can you send us some email numbers from the archive? I'll
ask those making such personal attacks to resign the list if you can
produce evidence. For my part, I can't remember the last time anyone
other than you mentioned the name George Bush.
|I question the motives of a vicious Ann Coulter
and her venomous approach to everything and person who disagrees
with her philosophy and I'm accused of being jealous of her looks,
education, and fame.
Ah! I did raise a question to this effect, though
if memory serves me right, it was her wealth, not her fame, that you
mentioned repeatedly and that I then wondered was a burr under your
saddle. I did not, however, accuse anyone on
this list of any such thing; I just asked. "Insult inflation"
is not conducive to civil discussion. But have you never heard the maxim
that it is never proper (in biblical categories, at least) to impugn
the motives of anyone, Ann Coulter or otherwise? Actions, yes; motives,
no, because only God has the power to accurately assess anyone's motives.
But I digress.
|I question some of what I consider to be oppressive
tactics of the Religious Right and I'm ambushed with a sermon saying
how dare I speak out about these wonderful God-loving people as
though my opposing views should buy me a ticket straight to Hell.
Who has done this? Where, please? Show me. Could it be that you're "imagining
this," reading questions as attacks? I'm just asking, but certainly
|...What recourse do I have but to sit here with
my finger on the delele key and wait for the noncontroversial cute
email "hugs" and jokes that find their way regularly into my inbox
and be content to let the serious subjects discussed/ argued/ haggled/
debated by those who know of what they speak.
As I said on Monday, you could do some research, get some actual facts,
quotes, and anecdotes, to support your opinions, stop being offended
by others' general questions (not aimed specifically at you or any other
individual so far as I can tell) and proving your own points and bolstering
your own arguments. Though this time you deny your previous claims of
being a liberal, don't be afraid of what you are but be certain of your
position to argue for it rather than cower when anyone takes your worldview
and its implications to task. If there is truth and value in liberalism,
I for one would like to know about it and I bet everyong (especially
those who never speak up) would, too.
Thanks for "engaging"!
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not fear the conflict, do not flee it; where there is no struggle, there
is no virtue. Where faith and love are not tempted, it is not possible
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