An Open-Minded 'Bagger?
The other day, I invited someone to be friends on Facebook--we have a huge number of mutual friends, so it seemed the thing to do. I got back this message:
You ask me to friend you but you list yourself as "Very Liberal." No way dude. You are brainwashed to say and think wrong things. When you become an independent thinker, try me again.
I wrote back, asking if he knew what the words he was using meant... a little snarky, I admit. Then I looked at his page. A lawyer. "As a lawyer, you should know better than to jump to conclusions," I wrote again--but a little more nicely, and did it before he responded.
He sent me a nice note, after that, saying he had had a little too much wine before writing all that "nonsense." He said he found most liberals mean spirited "like Keith Olbermann." He wrote:
I am conservative - an unapologetic freedom lover who wants government out of our lives because after 27 years employed in government, I see the waste, lazy employees, and stupid policies ruining our lives.
I couldn't resist responding:
I do not see conservatives as "freedom lovers." In fact, I see them as trying to limit the freedoms of all but those who agree with them. I see conservatives as the mean-spirited ones, as people who cannot see beyond their narrow vision of life, who imagine only those who agree with them as "independent thinkers"--when, in fact, it is just the opposite. I see today's conservatives as people who, after having taken advantage of government for, say, 27 years, now want those advantages denied to others.
It was with more than a little surprise that I got his next missive, for it was polite, even friendly. He wrote:
I am open to all points of view, and do not have a "narrow vision of life."
Knowing how he felt about Olbermann, I couldn't resist poking him a little about the righties like Glenn Beck. I just had a feeling that he was in their corner. He responded:
I simply don't agree with you - Beck, Limbaugh, and Hannity, as well as O'Reilly, give opinions.... As for Olberman, I don't like the way he looks and holds himself than even what he says. He's a nerdy wise guy, and I hate that kind of person.
I shot back:
KO is generally on the money, whether one likes him or not. Limbaugh and the Foxites spew trash and propaganda, disguising it as opinion. KO, at least, is always up front, admitting that what he gives is opinion--his. You may hate KO, but that does not make him wrong... I can show plenty of cases where B,L,H and O'R have actually been wrong. Just look at Beck's promotion of that Wallbuilders.com guy: even Beck knows that's all nonsense, yet he uses it anyway. KO believes in what he says. Your guys? Not so much.
I agree with NOTHING you say. If you like Olber asshole, we can never ever be friends. Sorry. Go away. Have a nice like.