Tuesday, December 21, 2004

a small-town newspaper editor

Another post by "a small-town newspaper editor". I am starting to suspect this is some sort of shtik, his opinions are so odd that it seems forced. His blog is called "Done With Mirrors" and he has posted another "cleverly" titled post called "Left Behind". I quote from it and respond below:

"Like a lot of people, I recited the litany of "stupid American" stories and jokes."

You are one weird guy.

"Then I saw the reeking ruins in New York city. 3,000 dead -- people just like me, who probably told the same jokes and held the same views. Why dead? Because they were Americans. The edifice of the country shook, and it made me realize, this place is mortal, like any nation"

Could the problem be that you don't give things enough thought? If you never realized that Americans were mortal until 2001, it suggests a person that simply does not spend enough time thinking or it suggests someone that doesn't have the intellectual capacity. (To put it bluntly and be un-PC about it) All the years of your life you didn't know this? If even after the 1993 WTC attack you didn't realize "this place is mortal" May I suggest there is problem with the way you think about things or don't think about things? If you spent nearly all of your adult life with such an ignorant view, doesn't that make you pause for a moment? If you have been wrong nearly all of your life, why do you find it so inconceivable that you are wrong now? You have such an unreasonable stubbornness that you consider the very idea that you could be wrong as an insult!

When people point out that your views are wrong you twist it into "insulting" you. therefore you don't have to listen. I suggest that you are intellectually lazy and you eagerly seek a way out of giving things serious thought.
If what you say is true, then you have simply moved from a very simplistic and incorrect assumption about the world to another.

I find your opinions so odd that I think perhaps you are putting us on. Is this some kind of shtik that you are now doing in hopes of being some sort of Rush Limbaugh takeoff?

"By this time, my commitment to freedom of speech was solid; up to "shouting fire in a crowded theater," I endorsed it all."

Again, bizarre. I have never come across a liberal that says it is OK to yell "FIRE" in a crowded theater. You never grasped the concept of the free speech argument either.

"it's a result of resentment of American power, you say?"

More games from you. How many times do you have to be told?
It's the reaction to US foreign policy makers' specific policies , the reaction to the actions and results of these policies. They aren't sitting there "resenting" power for power's sake. And just because they are reacting to actual wrongs does not mean their reaction is right. This really is a concept that you cannot get into your head isn't it?

"And when I look at the way the rest of the world reacted to us -- telling us we deserved it,"

IF some people did that then they are wrong, they are of the school of thought that any response to a wrong is right. But I suspect that you can't find a case of people making this argument and instead you are twisting the words of people who are clearly saying that the attacks are in response to the actions of US foreign policies. "Deserve ain't got nothing to do with it." -- Clint Eastwood "Unforgiven"

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