Perhaps it is me and my big mouth, expressed on the internet, which is getting me into trouble, but it seems that I have been running into people on
the net (NOT ATS) that have been having problems with things that I post. They tell me I shouldn't post it, shouldn't say it, am stupid if I
believe the way I do, etc.
I have been called below-normal IQ, a tin-foil hatter, a moron, an idiot, ignorant, stupid, and a dumb tea-bagger from Texas, because of my stance on
disagreeing with the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare. I have been called rude and harsh because I called Tom Hanks a "prostitute" for taking
money to make a movie "proving" that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman and sole perpetrator of the assassination of JFK. I have been called a
kook because I tend to believe in things like omens and karma.
I know the internet is a minefield of people who will beat you down for expressing what you believe in, while fully asserting their right to insult
you for it, but it has been ratcheted up to a whole new level in the past week or so.
I never have a problem with people on ATS or any other internet forum for saying what they believe. If I find it too hard to believe myself, I simply
move on and find something else. When people post how great they think Obamacare is, I don't jump on and call them a moron, I just move on, knowing
that I disagree and leaving it at that. On ATS, if I disagree and can cite reasons for my disagreement, I will do so, without killing the
Yes, my opinions are strong, and sometimes I use forceful language, but am I not entitled to say what I believe? Can people not see the hypocrisy in
insulting somebody for their beliefs, yet wanting their own opinions to be sacrosanct? Telling somebody that they are an idiot for the way they look
at something only causes more division. It has been getting super ugly since the Supreme Court decision.
I find this to be symptomatic of the America we have become. This is obviously not new human behavior, but are any of my ATS brethren out there
running up against a brick wall for saying how they feel about issues? Are y'all getting attacked and insulted for taking a stand?
Thank you for taking the time to read this. Rant over.