I think I understand what you’re saying, OtherSide...
. The title of your thread has crossed my mind more than once. And the answer, IMO, is,
“Quite possibly ’Yes’, but who knows?
”. I agree, that’s a pretty lame answer, but it’s sincere.
I realize everyone has a right to their own opinion, and that even though we may disagree, our difference doesn’t diminish the merit of their
argument. If someone can rationally and reasonably support their position, I’m generally all ears and may even be swayed to question my own
position. At the same time, though, I’m not gullible and rarely confused by buzz words. This, believe it or not, has caused me to suffer the slings
and arrows of outrageous thugs with a heated agenda more than once. But, that’s OK. I can handle it. It may irritate me, but I can handle it. You
have to expect it; there are certain members who live by the credo, “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, then blind them with BS”. To be
honest, I have to admit that once or twice I’ve found myself in a thread where the posters were whipped into a kind of mindless, blood thirsty,
cyber-lynch-mob mentality, and so I intentionally posted a radically opposing view just to see the reaction. WOW!! Talk about a righteous stoning! I
barely crawled outta those threads!
It’s not so much the stuff I mentioned above that concerns me, though. Every now and then you run across an individual that exudes hatred. It’s
like oozing out every pore in their body. You can spot it immediately. They seem to be teetering on the edge of a psychotic breakdown. Even if they
don’t express a desire for violent confrontation explicitly, it’s still plain to see. I see it mostly in political forums. They’re the ones who
seem to support everything that’s not in our country’s best interest. They have no interest in improving the system, but are obssessed with
bringing it down. To Hell with the misery and agony it would cause the people, just “Burn Baby! Burn!!”. They love to preach about our
Constitutional rights being infringed upon, but rarely know what they’re talking about. It’s simply a vehicle they use to justify their desire for
revolution. I’m not getting into a political discussion here, but it seems Obama is a favorite target for the haters. No matter what happens in the
world, “It’s Obama’s fault...”. It’s futile to try and have a reasonable discussion about a topic with a hater. They will accept nothing
that isn’t inline with their position, and will use tactics of intimidation to discredit you. Regardless of how illogical or baseless their response
It’s unlikely there are many members (if any) who are on the verge of something like a Timothy McVeigh event. But like I said at the start,
” Whatever will be, will be. I’ve been a member for a long time, and to be honest I don’t know if it’s much different now
than it was when I joined. It seems to be sometimes, but that may just be my imagination. Regardless, ATS is still my favorite forum, and it’s a
great place for a variety of topics and viewpoints. It’s about the only one I visit much anymore.
PS: I kinda liked what MCmutant
had to say. Makes sense to me...