Originally posted by Herman
Actually, Rant, My story really hasn't changed that much. First off, you're the one making it sound different by saying I was "Insulting wimpy
liberals", and they "Merely called me on it". I remember saying something about how my friend was a liberal, and I was a conservative, and
explaining to him that what he was saying wasn't a very liberal thing to say. Then the kids came up and said "Boy those conservatives sure are
fags" or something to that extent... Yep, they "merely called me on it".
That's fine. And I'm not seriously arguing this point except to raise the bar for the most meaningless arguement I can find myself in for the year
...but I recall it differently.
I know you told it even the first time as all their fault, but here's what "I" heard, being the liberal that I am.
You and your liberal friend frequently give each other a hard time as a joke. That's fine. So it was no big deal to you (or him) when he was mad
about the healthy stuff in the vending machine for you to say something about "whimpy" or "wussy" (or something derogatory) "PC liberals"
ruining snacks for everyone.
They heard that part and one said "Boy those conservatives sure are..."
Okay, so maybe that's not "calling you on it" as much as just shooting back. Then you shot something back at them, right? Then it got ugly.
I only brought it up, to 1) help get the sheer volume of useless trivia out of my head and 2) because you brought it up to make your point supporting
the false generaliztions that...
"I've always known that liberals are much more emotional and tend to take politics further....They also tend to hate the other side more" (And
didn't you also claim you used to be a liberal?
All based on this anecdotal evidence...
"I've come close to being attacked at MY school because some kid heard me talking about how I was conservative!!!"
Which I first heard quite differently as stated above. Regardless, consider the 90's when you cast blame for all this "emotional hate" or blame a
side. The rabid hate from the right that started all this nonsense (IMHO) began with Jesse Helms (even earlier), Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, and the
whole of right wing of evangelical punditry with their efforts to take down a sitting President for a BJ and make merely being a liberal or Democrat
an act of treason.
I'm not saying payback is right, but it is a bitch.
There was a time when Reagan and Tip O'Neil met for dinner and drinks after fighting politics all week, yet still considered each other friends. It
didn't used to be like this. The Republicans did not take kindly to losing the White House in '92. They got control of the Senate and turned into
the biggest bunch of whiny, pissy babies on the planet determined to "stomp out" liberalism and take full control of everything.
In 2000 they got it. But not for damn long while I draw breath. They deserve all they get now. Some supporters may not, but those I knew from the
90's sure do. Hypocrites one and all.
It will get better though once the neocons are out. Alot of Republicans know the difference and want their party back too. It will get better. But the
neocons that started this bitter partisanship must go.
Then we get to all be considered friends, patriots and Americans once again...even when we disagree.
[edit on 27-10-2004 by RANT]