raise your cup and let's propose a toast
It's delinking/drinking time again.
You can't please everyone. And sometimes, you can't please anyone.
Last November, I went through a battle with liberals who were horrified at my transformation into a slightly-to-the-right thinker. Much delinking and and controversy followed.
And now, I'm getting it from ...conservatives:
another self-professing conservative and blogger - A Small Victory - trashes Thurmond and in the process gets her link yanked from our list.
And then he says something about sawdust leaking from my brain.
Well, of course. If one doesn't agree with you, they must be stupid, right? And oh, the horror, Oliver Willis, a left-of-center blogger, came to my defense so surely that must mean I should be cut off from all conservative bloggers!
Firstly, I am not, nor have I ever professed to be, a conservative. As an atheist who supports gay rights and hates Ann Coulter, I hardly fit into the mold.
Then again, when the liberals hounded me for deserting them, I had to explain that I was never really a full-fledged liberal. I mean, what kind of liberal drives an SUV and denounces multi-culturalism?
So here I am, in the middle of two extremes and loathed by both of them. And I find myself being delinked once again.
Take a look at my blogroll.
I'd say a good portion of those people, if not all of them, have, at one time or another, written something I totally disagree with. Yet, there they are, still starring on my links list.
Why? Because opposing views and differences in opinions is what makes this world a fascinating place. Suppose everyone thought exactly like you did. What would become of debate and discussion? Every conversation you had with anyone would be like making love to yourself.
The world is not vanilla flavored and I, for one, am glad of that. Even if a large number of the population is thickheaded, closed-minded and prone to bouts of hysteria when people don't agree with them, that's ok. It makes the world all the more interesting.
Sure, I spoke ill of the dead. Hell, I do it all the time. Plenty of people do. I have a feeling that Mr. Quinton's anger at me has less to do with my speaking badly about a dead person than with speaking ill about someone he viewed as a hero. How dare I have an opinion in direct contrast with him? Off with my head, then!
This is what the two exteremes - on the right and the left- have in common. Dissent from your their own world view is akin to commiting a crime. They are self-centered, opinionated ignoramuses (ignorami?) who would sooner cut off their own ears than listen to someone who doesn't praise their own ideology.
I am not sad that you delinked me, Mr. Quinton, as I didn't even know you had me linked in the first place. I am, however, saddened by the fact that you decided to publicly deride me rather than take the time to send me an email and ask me where my views came from and why I felt the need to hang the spirit of Strom Thurmond in public view. Par for the course, I suppose.
Now, if any of you from either side of the fence are also planning on taking me off of your esteemed blogrolls because I offended your sensibilities with my mean posts about Strom, Savage, Coulter, Indymedia, Arafat, Al Gore, PETA, homophobia, racism, anti semitism, Michael Moore, etc., please let me know so I can come on over and watch the ass-kissing that takes place when one of you brain cell deprived narrow thinkers tosses a dissenter off the boat.