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originally posted by: SummerRain
As a member asked me the other day..
"Are you still beating your wife?"
That's to the left or the right, whichever.
originally posted by: crazyeddie68
a reply to: randyvs
I agree.It's sad to see this kind of behavior coming from an adult.What gets me is you didn't see that sort of thing after the 2008 election.
I really think it’s about time we all take a step back; take a deep breath and actually reflect on the way we converse with each other when it comes to political debate.
We as members I think all need to raise the bar in how we converse with each other and I for one don’t care who said what to you first or how abhorrent you might find funny looking alien in a suit’s views on whatever issue it might be.
Now, I am sure that most people who are reading this thread have seen some pretty nasty language used on these boards, hell I am sure that most of us, myself included have been guilty of not showing the proper respect to fellow members.
lol, the loony left are in fact the racist ones. Their world view is "Poor blacks can't hack it like everyone else without our help." Seriously, how inferior do you have to think a race is to assume they can't make it in today's America without the help of the rich white folks?
originally posted by: OtherSideOfTheCoin
I think this thread could be interesting, but I know that the title alone might have a few of you already tapping away on your keyboard ready to flame me for the provocative title alone. I implore you however to stick with it since it is exactly these kinds of derogatory and provocative terms I want to talk about because they are probably annoying me as much as you.
Now, I am sure that most people who are reading this thread have seen some pretty nasty language used on these boards, hell I am sure that most of us, myself included have been guilty of not showing the proper respect to fellow members. I am writing this thread because I really think it’s about time we all take a step back; take a deep breath and actually reflect on the way we converse with each other when it comes to political debate.
Regardless of whether it is the “loony” left or the “racist” right, if it’s the Nazi or the libtard with the Never-Trumper vs the Trumptard who all seem to have contracted some horrible debilitating condition known as Trump Derangement Syndrome in which they get triggered by every bit of political bait that is cast out there I think we need to talk about this. This is what political debate has turned into, particularly in this forum, the mud-pit. It’s almost now an ever-ending quest to out-insult the party opposite pushing the T@C’s to there absolute limits with really just a smattering of actual political debate and discussion sprinkled in for good measure.
When we really think about some of the crap we are saying to each other its getting really quite silly. Take for example the use of the phrase “looney left”, think about what you are actually saying when you use that phase because what you are truly saying is that you believe that people who disagree with you politically must be “looney” or in some way mentally deranged. The level of arrogance that implies is simply outstanding. We on the left are also not immune to falling into this trap, calling someone you don’t know a racist/Nazi/ xenophobe or whatever because they have expressed a view on an issue like immigration that does not fit your views is in my view at least a little bit looney. I don’t know you, you don’t know me other than reading a few posts, so how can anyone can possibly say with any degree of certainty if you are a Nazi sympathiser?
The same goes for this utterly stupid (yes its stupid) phrase of just saying “Trump Derangement Syndrome” with anything you disagree with. TDS goes both ways and I have personally seen both Trump supporters and their opposites use this phrase within equally pointless arguments. It’s almost as if when you run out of argument’s you just run to the TDS line because, hey, it might generate a few stars and distract form whatever was being debated 20 pages ago.
We as members I think all need to raise the bar in how we converse with each other and I for one don’t care who said what to you first or how abhorrent you might find funny looking alien in a suit’s views on whatever issue it might be. It’s all petty crap, I genuinely don’t think any members of ATS open up a thread with the intention of getting into a nasty debate full of pointless one-liner insult’s or pretending that your opinion somehow is of more value than that of another members and therefore deserves to be ridiculed accordingly. It is always possible to respectfully disagree without getting into the silly school yard comments and to be perfectly honest in my view if you can’t disagree with someone without resorting to disrespectful language then you probably shouldn’t be posting it.
It is true that we ought maintain a certain level of civility. It is also true that we ought call a spade a spade. Much of the insult tradition is nothing short of grandstanding, and it doesn't serve honesty, decency or good reason. Both sides are guilty. However, the left has become loony, and they rather than the right are the true racists. The right may suffer from xenophobia and other forms of bigotry, but it is the left who imagine that the whites are superior in a reverse logic short of way.
originally posted by: JBurns
a reply to: filthyphilanthropist
Regardless, we don't have to bludgeon one another over the head with insults. OSOTC is right about that. We're all entitled to our own beliefs, but he makes some great points