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Monday, June 28, 2004

Poor, whiny little right-wing minds...

"The nationalist not only does not disapprove of atrocities committed by his own side, but he has a remarkable capacity for not even hearing about them." - George Orwell.

"When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and the purity of its heart." - Ralph Waldo Emerson (Journals, 1824)

"I'm conservative, but I'm not a nut about it." - George H.W. Bush (aka Bush41)
There's a comment posted about one of my past posts which pretty much typifies the mentality of what Harlan Ellison called "the scuttlefish". Two points of relevance here:

1) Leaving aside the poster's lack of command of capital letters, he/she can spell properly (unlike a lot of such right-wing types I've seen - maybe there is some hope for the American educational system after all...), and keeps the invective to a minimum. While being called a "son of a bitch" doesn't bother me (my late mother did have her evil moments - from which I learned well), I find I do object to being called a "liberal". I happen to be an old-fashioned Canadian prairie socialist (Saskatchewan-style) and I'm damned proud of it.

2) I'm also one of those people who believes that if you're going to say something publicly, you should have the balls to put your name to it. Anonymous commentary shows a high degree of cowardice, especially where there is no chance of physical/economic retribution (our anonymous purveyor of bubulum stercus apparently lives in Cincinnati - with a dial-up connection, no less) and, in cases like this, says more about the individual making the comment.

All things considered, however, I do prefer not having to deal with anonymous name-callers making silly accusations and unsupported statements, so the comment section has been restricted (again *deep sigh*) to Blogger members only.
The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. They're the kind of people who'd stop to help you change a flat, but would somehow manage to set your car on fire. I would be reluctant to entrust them with a Cuisinart, let alone the economy. The Republicans, on the other hand, would know how to fix your tire, but they wouldn't bother to stop because they'd want to be on time for Ugly Pants Night at the country club. - Dave Barry