observations and opinion
Earlier today I posted my blog entry “I Welcome Their Hatred” on the DailyKos, a website devoted to liberal causes in the USA. To make sure the message got across, I entitled it “Obama and the Liberal Failure.”
Within minutes (honest, minutes) a slow leak of reaction turned into a flood, most of it poisonous. I learned that one cannot use the word “noose” within 5 column inches of the word “Obama” without being a racist (ouch, that hurt – and I actually changed the piece here and on Kos, out of respect for the polite advice I received about it). I ended up writing another piece there, telling them all to calm down. They didn’t.
I learned that remarking on the deflating balloon of Democratic support was equivalent to celebrating that, when of course, it was exactly the opposite of doing so. One wag referred to me as a B-level William F. Buckley wannabe, which is flattering, witty and painfully close to the truth. Stalinists on the website decided to have me drummed out, and I may yet be voted off the shrinking island of Kos, by whoever decides these things.
The whole experience reveals how naive one can be, about the capacity of people to be fair and rational, in the face of unwelcome facts. Also, it is evident that in seeking an audience, one should not be surprised (or complain too loudly) when most of them are carrying tomatoes. Better fresh fruit and vegetables, I guess, than rocks.