“Deny Ignorance” is the sites motto. That is a very commendable ideal. Though, I believe that it is an ideal only achieved through ones
perspective. They provide diverse and varied forums with which, for you & me, the posters, can put out our point of view on many topics. I like the
way they filter the profane and off-topic language from posts, this helps to prevent this site from becoming much like the rest and keep the
discussions on track. I like this as it makes me take a breath prior to posting a response. I can be quite profane at times in person. I’ve been
called a habitual line crosser by my friends.
I have been lurking about ATS for years, never a member until recently due to being in the Military. I am now retired and can speak my mind.
On to the hypocritical part. I am one of the most happy-go-lucky guys you will ever come across, I’m very mellow and love to help folk. I am also
one of your worst nightmares if I feel me and mine are threatened, I do not believe in graduated response. Whether on the literal or daily life
battlefield I try to put down the bad guy as quick as possible and move on. Those two mindsets conflict with one another and can be construed as
My mood is always listed as “humbly arrogant”. I know what I know and am willing to defend it, but I am always ready to listen to a civil and
realistic counter-point. I’ve actually changed my views on various things because I am willing to listen to a particularly persuasive point. My
standards are not based upon emotion, but reality. I fail my own standards often because I am also an emotional being, but at least I recognize my
I see debate as a good thing, but all too often, especially in the political forums, it just boils down to trench warfare, with people taking potshots
at one another without actually going out to meet the opposition (That’s why I am a habitual line crosser, I do). I myself fall into Winston
Churchill’s category of, “If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”
Actually, I try to balance both but rarely does one agree with the other. So I stick with the brain for the most part as the heart has steered me
wrong in the past.
The humorous line crosser in me will often show up here as well because, because I found a response that amused me and wished to share. If I made one
person smile, I’m happy with that.
For those of you who are unwilling to listen to the opposing points of view and return with a rational argument. Stay in the trenches, you’ll be
I believe that the Patch Adams commune, Code Pink, etc to be people with a good message, but that it is delusional and realistically will never be. I
actually support their right to message the people, just please change your theatrical tactics as most see you as fools who have nothing to really
Then you have people like the ELF, Muslim Brotherhood, Westboro Baptist Church, AQ, etc who would do us physical or psychological harm to pass their
message. They’ve made no bones about it either. They should not be ignored, but confronted and if need be, eliminated, if you cannot change them.
Therefore, bury them in the trenches. I know that will irritate some here, but sometimes you have to put down a rabid animal. It’s never fun but it
has to be done.
I no longer consider myself a Veteran of a 1000 Psychic Wars, just a Vet who still has much to learn. For those on both sides of the aisle, you
continue, no, require, me to constantly re-evaluate my positions. Y’all ROCK!
Ahhhh, I feel better.