reply to post by ripcontrol
No apologies necessary.
Not everyone can or will commit to tighter or stricter restrictions.
But then again not everyone abides by them to begin with.
For myself, my commitment to tighter and stricter restrictions, was an easy step.
That is no judgment against anyone, yourself, or anyone else for that matter.
I have simply lived my life according to policy, procedure, and protocol since I was 6 years old, so rules are not hard for me to follow, nor are they
difficult to interpret.
I can see where you're coming from trust me.
I could have seen the rules, terms and conditions, tighter and stricter as a slight.
I chose not to do so.
Whether the gene pool needs to be cleansed or not the Darwin Awards
are there for that.
However, I am in no place to judge my fellow human, I used to do that.
I stopped doing it a long time ago with a few exceptions.
Usually people who ignorantly try to take me on thinking I will back down.
When I most certainly will not.
Never back down, never surrender, and never give your enemy a chance to recover.
Take them to the mat, nail them in submission, and make them miserable.
Someone declares war on you then you reciprocate in like-kind and never give in.
That is the Art of War however having turned it into the Art of Peace I know many different ways to take an enemy down, without ever raising a hand,
and by making them slit their own throat, or hang themselves, or give up trying.
However, the Bully Pulpit
is where I see a strong commitment towards serious political discussion, towards losing all political nonsense,
towards leaving behind standards, as in politically ignorant flag-waving, and partisan bickering.
I guess this is where you and I differ a whole lot, still considering we are friends.
I see rules as not just what cannot be done, but as what can be done.
Meaning, there is something to be said for having extra rules, terms and conditions, tighter and stricter, it makes a challenge to live to a higher
While I understand your ideas shared here and in some regards I fully agree, in others I do not, but this is what makes the dichotomy of our
friendship that much more interesting, we come to a head on some things, and on others we see eye to eye, yet we talk as comrades in arms still the
I would be interested in hearing about your Navy experiences.
As for fiefdoms here or elsewhere.
They happen whether it is seen, admitted to, or even recognized by those doing it.
Rise above it.
I treat everyone the same.
Either you like me or you do not.
If you do, great, if you do not, great.
Speaking on politics is easy for me seeing as I'm a registered Independent
I see both the Republican and Democratic party as playing games.
I am no game player.
People try playing games with me and I go on the warpath with tactics.
And I always win.