Proving my point
Last week, Neo-Neocon riffed of my Crypto-Conservative article. The point in my article was that I hide my conservatism because there doesn't seem to be a point in revealing it to the liberals around me. I don't anticipate intelligent debate -- only animosity. My point has been proven over the last few days. If you look at the comments to Neo-Neocon, you'll see one from Aqualung, and one from me rebutting Aqualung. Aqualung then sent me a fairly civil email castigating me for mindless conservatism, and I replied. After a few rounds of this, it was pretty clear that he wanted to (a) insult me and (b) boast. No facts; no argument. I ended this correspondence by suggesting that, since my blog is the repository of my thoughts, he should just visit there. He did, and I got this email from him:
I read some more of your blog today; even commented a few times. Try as I might, I just couldn't get into it, it is just so... boring and predictable. A collection of right-wing idolatries, sprinkled with a few vacuous comments from like-minded bots. Well, I gave it a good look. Best o' luck with it. I'm sure you'll change a lot of people's world view with this stuff, if they can stay awake long enough to read any of it.Again, no facts, just insults. As he says, he did leave a few comments, which were all in the same vein. In a fit of pique, I deleted them, and am now sorry I did so. They so perfectly exemplify precisely what I want to avoid by staying under cover. UPDATE: Aqualung sent me an email inviting me to his blog (although he forgot his blog address):
You've got me blogging again. Feel free to post. Not being a fascist, I won't censor you. [Emphasis mine.]My response:
You wouldn't have to censor me, Richard, because I'd never be rude. It wasn't the ideas I objected to, it was the rudeness. I'll always take civility. And you do understand that private parties -- and it is my blog, after all, not a government entity -- are totally free to censor, don't you?