I realize that I'm addressing a very small number when I ask, do you semi-intelligent liberals ever tire of being lumped together with morons? And by "morons," I'm referring to the sort of people who have strayed off the reservation and wandered in here of late.
I keep telling liberal, don't even try here. This isn't like anyplace else you've been. First, you have to make sense. And by "sense," I'm not talking about the irrelevant "facts," the logical disconnects, and the outright falsehoods that merit accolades in Liberaland.
Believe me, I understand your problem… you're used to not being challenged, and you think your opinions are valid because so many of your ilk share them. Unfortunately, all opinions aren't created equal, and virtually all of you are in no position to know the difference.
So I tell people flat out that if they choose to post something here, it has to make sense (unless it's a joke, but none of you can really do that). If you state something, it has to be backed by real evidence. And by "real evidence," I don't mean extraneous details or misconstrued observations.
And if you do post, and I don't find it to have merit (99.9% chance), I'm not going to debate you or attempt to state another viewpoint. If you fail in your first attempt – your best attempt – I can't expect you to do better under cross examination. Thus the insults and mocking commence.
Now let me say this on the other hand, I am the most open-minded person you're ever going to disagree with. That means that if you ever do blindside me with a good point, you'll get full credit and humility from me,, the fact that I have never found myself in that position vis-a-vis a liberal notwithstanding.
So if you fail here, and you almost certainly will, instead of being angry with me, take a moment to reassess your thoughts, your positions, your beliefs… and your friends, because none of them have done you a service by agreeing with you all along, even if, or shall I say especially because, they haven't prepared you to face people who actually think on a more or less daily basis – which is an entirely different process from merely stringing thoughts together as (so far) all of you are wont to do.
So if you leave here like Jeff and Lenny thinking you've made your point and that I'm an idiot for not having seen it, you're simply wrong. Let me put it this way… if you leave with me not in agreement, you've failed utterly and you can only safely "argue" with your clan, which of course is no argument at all.
"But Ted, other conservatives are far more decent to me than you," you say? And did they get you to change your position, I ask? Because if they didn't, they've wasted their time, and they may find that fulfilling in ways I can't understand, but what's fun for me is tough love. You either see the light or you don't, and if you don't, at least I'll get some fun out of it, if not by insulting you, then at your "Well I never" attitude, and believe me, your going away thinking I'm the one who's the idiot is very amusing to me since you didn't graduate in the top five percent of even your public school class.
Now I know that despite what I say, someone will think he has a new old point to make, and that he'll get all upset when I'm so "rude" to him, but if my wife can take it, so can you, and she'd be the first to tell you that she's better off because I've caused her to engage in more rigorous thinking, even if it's still against her will.
So over Christmas and New Year's, I hope you take a break from your fellow loons and maybe talk to those conservatives who will entertain your nonsense, but do so with an interest in learning. Look yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that you're going to really try not to be the dope you've been all your life.
And the next time you feel the urge to post here. STOP. Organize your thoughts, write them down, refine them over and over, and when you think you've got your comment right, get someone to "peer review" it (OK, not an actual peer… you're probably better off going up to someone at random on the street), And when he signs off and you're all set to post, delete it and go anywhere else. If you won't do it for yourself, do it for me. I mean you're a liberal, for God's (oops) sake… and you'll probably always be one… until someone who owns a gun kills you.
It just occurred to me that if all the liberals who are constantly hyperventilating would inhale some CO2, that alone would cure global warming.