There are many people I respect on here, so it seems very odd to me when they go so off base with critiques on their own writings.
"You are grasping at straws because you called the President a "pig" merely because you don't like his policies"
“How inexpressible is the meanness of being a hypocrite! How horrible is it to be a mischievous and malignant hypocrite.” ~ Voltaire
“Virtue debases in justifying itself.” ~ Voltaire
“All men are equal; it is not their birth, But virtue itself that makes the difference.” ~ Voltaire
“Nothing is so common as to imitate one's enemies, and to use their weapons.” ~ Voltaire
“Each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness. No one deserves to be bullied.” ~ Barack Obama
"I dislike hypocrites as much as I do bullies!"
Therefore, you must dislike yourself.
"I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend (well maybe not "to the death") your right to say it." ~ Voltaire
Advocating "nullification" is a neoConfederate trait. If in doubt, check Wikipedia again!
Harry is within the bounds of this topic to talk about today's Confederate traitors because of my reference to your emotional overreaction to my use of the term "neoConfederate" in a letter I wrote sometime last year to the PKB N&S ... Anyone who watches the news (even if it's only on FOX) knows that neoConfederates exist ... So do quotes from the likes of Paul Ryan & Rand Paul about how much they admire Ayn Rand and "Atlas Shrugged" (I think you overreacted and called me a "liar" about that topic as well) ...
... In his discussion of online bullies, Editor Smith used your quote to illustrate how some miss the point that "disagreement" or "debate" should be about issues and not perceived personalities. In my first LTE, I made my point without mentioning you. Your first LTE suggested that I was in error, but also got personal. My response to your response was justified. Beyond that - unless you can provide some facts to explain why you called Obama a "pig" - you are just splitting hairs and getting nowhere. Is "nowhere" where you prefer to be? ... If perchance you consider yourself a "libertarian", pleas explain why some alleged "libertarians" these days cherish their own rights to freedom of religion, freedom of choice, or freedom of expression, but want to deny them to others? I dislike hypocrites as much as I do bullies!
@Kendall - You are grasping at straws because you called the President a "pig" merely because you don't like his policies ... The "tea party" and its ilk have become more or less synonymous with what passes for the Republican Party. What Harry said is accurate. Don't blame me or other progressives & liberals because your party has gone over the edge and become what it has become. Did not Ted Cruz say recently that he would "do anything" to defeat Obama policies. What does "anything" mean? ... Not only do you not understand plain English, but you seem only interested in playing silly semantic games. Re-read Editor Smith's column. When you don't provide facts, but merely label your opponents, you are not contributing to positive discourse on these issues. Stop watching FOX for about a week and maybe we can agree to disagree on some points ...
"I see that you were quoted by Editor Smith in his column in today's paper"
The man has good taste...what can I say?
"SOME Republicans are bigots and neoConfederates,"
And unless the topic is about bigotry or succession....then mentioning such terms is incorrect and isn't any better than Obama haters bringing up socialism when it has nothing to do with a topic.
"SOME Republicans are bigots and neoConfederates, but not all."
And those who belong to the Tea Party..what of them?
"I respond here because you still don't seem to comprehend plain English."
Actually your comments were lacking in clarity. It happens to those that get too emotionally involved with their writings.
"Calling President Obama and his people "squealers" is not using "pigs" in the same context as Orwell's villains."
Actually it is if one understands the character called Squealer in the book and what he represented.
Do you understand?
And no group of loyal Americans would permit that symbol of treason to be flown at a group gathering, whether that gathering be public or private!!!
I don’t oppose Johnson’s pardon; I think it facilitated the healing process.
I also think those who, even today, stick that flag in the faces of loyal Americans are preventing the completion of the healing process.
Those who wave the Confederate flag offend loyal Americans as deeply as a Muslim would offend loyal Americans by standing in front of the World Trade Center Memorial and holding up a sign proclaiming, “Hooray for the jihadists who flew planes into these buildings.”
Those who display the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Va. (commonly called the Confederate flag) are displaying solidarity and sympathy with probably of the most treasonous people in our history.
Those who originally carried that flag made war against the United States, killing over 100,000 United States servicemen, and were only saved from prosecution by the sweeping pardon of a loyal American from the South--Andrew Johnson--who refused to join in their treasonous deeds.
Anyone who displays a flag that was used to rally those who killed over 100,000 U.S. servicemen is no loyal American!!!
All pigs are animals, but not all animals are pigs. If you pay attention, you might note that, when referring to Republicans or conservatives, I use the words "some" or "many". When I talk about extremists, I am pretty specific! While SOME Democrats (Strom Thurmond & Jesse Helms) were racists back in the 1960s and '70s, MOST left that party for the "states' rights" friendly Republican party. Today, SOME Republicans are bigots and neoConfederates, but not all. The problem is that moderate Republicans have kept quiet and left their brand in the hands of the bullies, racists and whack-jobs (who are also "neo" John Birchers - check Wikipedia for that definition). it's a dirty job, but someone has to clean up the mess they make. I've been dealing with bullies for around 60 years and I still have my lunch money!
as loyal stooges who pile-on and support the bullies. My favorite depiction of "bully" behavior - and what to do about it - is the John Ford classic film, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (I hope your tender age hasn't prevented you from watching it). While audiences are led to admire the "Ransom Stoddard" character played by James Stewart, it is "Tom Donophan" (John Wayne) who must deal with the bully "Liberty Valance" (Lee Marvin).
@Kendall - Calling President Obama and his people "squealers" is not using "pigs" in the same context as Orwell's villains. His usage was metaphorical, but your's was personal. Speaking of which - I see that you were quoted by Editor Smith in his column in today's paper ("Responsible usage of words"). You DID say "there can be no debate if there is no disagreement"? You've used that line several times here, so I must assume that you said it in response to the poll ... Again, you misunderstand! I said that I would not respond if your letter appeared in today's PKB News/Sentinel. I respond here because you still don't seem to comprehend plain English. I will say, however, that I don't consider your back-and-forth commentary to be "bullying". Like myself, you at least are man enough to put your real name on your opinions. As Editor Smith accurately noted, there ARE some real bullies here (& we both know their phony monikers) as well a
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