The following is an exchange amongst me and other liberal lawyers on an invitation only yahoo chat site for plaintiff’s lawyers from Virginia. I’m the only hot-headed conservative. There is one other guy who is the George Will intellectual type conservative. The rest are to varying degrees all flaming liberals. I got personally attacked without provocation in two days by three of them [I left out one unprovoked attack]. Many read the exchanges but few chime in. The purpose is solely to discuss politics. Bob and I are two of the biggest contributors, and I’ve never had a problem with him. I guess I would like advice on whether I was in the wrong, or confirmation that I’m an asshole not an asshole.
[An unsolicited personal comment directed at me by Tammy a couple of days ago]
Although my friends and family will tell you I have no shortage of opinions, Marty, and can curse like a sailor when the situation calls for it, I’m staying out of this one and admiring the cool and calm way others are rebutting your argument. However, FWIW, your language and your style of discussion have surprised and saddened me and, in my opinion, do you no good in this debate.
You may well have a point to be made, but the nasty, dismissive tone and foul language with which you reply to everyone who doesn’t agree with you does you far more harm than good.
[My reply to Tammy]
Spare me the lectures. You do not have to read what I say, and you certainly don’t have to reply. I don’t criticize your snarky replies. It is your style, I have mine. Let’s face it; we’ll never be drinking buddies. I can live with that.
[A new comment by “Bob”—an ultra liberal– on a different topic the next day]
At the rally yesterday in Fort Hunt Park where the armed militia members showed their stripes, I was again reminded of the curious link some see between religion and guns.
According to that liberal scandal rag, the Washington Post:
“The Pew Research Center just released the results of a poll showing that 77 percent of Americans are frustrated or angry with the federal government. One manifestation of that is the 363 new patriot groups in 2009 — a 244 percent increase from the previous year — documented by the Southern Poverty Law Center. As militia leader Bob Wright from New Mexico put it to the crowd: “Two years ago, most of us were screaming at the TV, and our wives wondered why we didn’t just shut up. . . . We’ve seen an entire change in our country.”
“The demonstrators brought their guns to Virginia from New Mexico, New Hampshire, Florida and elsewhere. Among the group was Tim Hammond, who carried two pistols, a rifle and plenty of ammunition as part of an all-black outfit that included a black tricorn hat. Hammond, who said he flew in from California, told another demonstrator he believes that President Obama is the antichrist.”
“If he’s not the antichrist, he’s pretty close,” the second man concurred.
“We’re definitely in the end times,” Hammond continued. “The rapture, in my opinion, has to be sometime this fall.”
So, at our National Day of Prayer should we pray for President Obama’s death to forestall the rapture?
And, why do they call it “the rapture”?
Another enlightened soul recently counseled me that there is no global warming: “Read the Bible, Robert. The earth doesn’t end that way.”
I find religion so comforting. Now, where did I put that Glock.
[My response to Bob’s sarcasm—I like Bob and enjoy verbal sparring with him. Read it carefully and note my “racist comments”.]
[Gratuitous slap at Christians in Bob’s last post.]
[Warning: Content may offend Tammy and her type]
Here is a clue, Bob: A majority of Americans claim to be Christians. A majority of America also claims to be unhappy with “The Won.” Many of those who are unhappy with The Community Agitator in Chief also attend Tea Party Rallies (and gun rallies). Hence, there will be many Christians who are also unhappy with B. Hussein Obama. It has nothing to do with being a Christian. Despising the Worst President Evuh is not a Christian thing, it’s an American thing. Just because America happens to be contain many Christians doesn’t turn this into a Christian thing. No cause and effect. Just the WaPo (and you) trying to make the
rallies look like they contain just a bunch of freaks.
Now, if you want to talk about freaks, take a closer look at the leftist
rallies. Queers, trannies, cross-dressers, pedophiles. Anarchists. Communists. Hippies, etc ad nauseum. Thems are some scarey folks. [WHYYYY does the leftist ideology attract so many freaks, you might want to axe yourself.] If the WaPo spent a fraction of the time exposing leftist vermin who protest at the drop of a hat, perhaps the good people who are Tea Partiers wouldn’t be so fired up.
[Bryan’s unsolicited attack on me. To my recollection he has never participated in the discussion.]
“Evuh”? “Axe” – Slipping in some racist code? Perfect. In case anyone had any doubt that you were not approaching these discussions rationally – your true colors are clear. Goodbye John.
[My immediate, unthinking, angry response to Bryan]
Oh, you poor politically correct dear boy. Did we offend your perfect sensibilities. Grow a pair, then come back. Evuh isn’t “racist”, it’s hip.
Yeah, I used “axe” as a dog whistle to all my racist friends, you simple twit.
[My reply after thinking about that last remark for a couple of second, and feeling somewhat embarrassed for losing my head.]
Sorry about the twit remark. But sooner or later it ALWAYS comes down to this: How can you tell when a conservative is winning an argument with a liberal? The liberal calls the conservative a racist. And, oh, by the way, there are 5 A’s in RAAAAACIST, because liberals pronounce it with a whiney tone of voice, just before they run away and hide.
Wrong – you know you’re winning when the other side resorts to name calling.
[My reply—okay, now I was really pissed!]
Ohhhhhh, so as long as you didn’t explicitly call me a racist, you didn’t “call me a name”? I’d suggest to you that calling someone a racist in this day and age is about as dastardly a name as you could call them. I wonder if you would have the guts to say it to my face?
Here I am, just minding my own business, having a heated and fun discussion, and you feel the need to open your big mouth and condemn me. I don’t know you, never met you, and certainly didn’t deserve your unprovoked PERSONAL attack. You deserved
everything you got back, and then some. Now I’d suggest that you just ST*U and let it die.
[Bob chimes in]
Ah, this Yahoo Group has claimed another casualty – civility. Bob
[My final reply to Bob]
What is the “civil” way to call another a racist?