Progressives Can Be Jerks, Too
Whenever I poke fun of my Democratic friends because of that party's failure to be able to present a unified message, they usually reply that Democrats are a "big tent" organization that accepts a wide variety of viewpoints. It looks like over at the Idaho home of reality-impaired progressives, 43rd State Blues, these opposing viewpoints might be starting to turn on each other. It isn't pretty...
One of the frequent posters over there, Diana Rowe Pauls, lost a brother in Iraq, and it's clear that's really affected her deeply. She frequently posts of the family problems that have arisen because of the split in her family between those who oppose the war and those who don't want to think their loved one should have been lost in vain. It's pretty sad.
Right after her last post, a poster who goes by "Tom Paine" (previously best known for his fanciful comments about the future of large Idaho technology companies with which I'm fairly familiar) apparently decided he didn't like Diana's self-absorbed worldview, or something, and posted this little hissy-fit:
"I could care less about anyone's mental or emotional problems...save it for the couch, your shrink, your dildo, or your bishop. And if anyone comes from a family stupid enough to raise someone who buys into the billous bullshit of the Bush Administration and they go die in one of his wars...you have my sympathy, but just a little bit. It's the same damn crowd LBJ hung out with...and what'd he do for the Democrat Party?
"If you want to get rid of these cretins from Texas you're gonna have to focus on their allies from Idaho...it's just that friggin' simple.
"Otherwise, shut up...take your pills, drain your sorrows, go rent a U-haul and move outtahere."
What a jerk. It'll be interesting to see if the administrators at 43rd State Blues keep the post up...
Update 2139 14 April: It looks like they did delete the offending post. Luckily, I got a screen capture of it before they did:
Are the good progressives at 43rd State Blues trying to stifle dissent against liberal orthodoxy? You can click on the screenshot above to get a bigger version; those who do will note that although I'm signed in, it says that I "can't post comments". I wonder why that is? Are they afraid of allowing dissenting opinions? Is this what we could expect when progressives get power, sometime in the 26th century? And does anyone there recognize the hypocrisy of having their posters complain about blogs that require registration for comments, when they themselves not only require registration, but also selectively decide who among those who register are actually allowed to comment?
Disclaimer: Actually, were I the adminstrator of 43SB, I would have deleted the post too. It wasn't very nice...