It’s personal – note of discontent…. aka “friends”

On hurling invective, insults …and shooting the moon.

It has become personal now. Politics has become personal, very personal.

Brainy Quotes:

“When people start hurling insults at you, you know their minds are closed and there’s no point in debating. You disengage yourself as quickly as possible from the situation.” — Judith Martin

That is usually good advice. However, there are times you cannot just ignore it.

Normally that is the case, but these are not normal times. Nor are the politics normal. As for the people, let’s see how “normal” they are? Who knew how abnormal it can get?

Prelude

A good friend and blogger was recently the target of a drive by that made little sense to me. At first, I chalked it up to spilling vindictive insults at someone for the sake of it. The question was why? This is not a tedious back and forth but a street level synopsis. I don’t often go into personal matters but one must make exceptions when necessary.

Though when someone uses you as an example of their perceived problem with the political climate, it warrants your attention. First, a couple things to keep in mind: what is said on a blog post and what is said in comments and conversation are different. IOW, when someone makes a person or group of people the target of their wrath in a post, singling you out, it is on a higher level. When comments include their wrath it is a lesser degree. That’s how I quantify it anyway.

I’ve said before “on this blog I don’t claim “no bias” and do not provide or guarantee a politics free or politically correct zone.” So there is no hypersensitivity about a person’s feelings, including mine. Sometimes in criticizing others it reflects on our own shortfalls.

Friends, to example….to straw men

From the piece found here at Pesky Truth.

“This is just one example of how the rift between Trump supporters and Cruz supporters has come between people who used to be friends. We all called ourselves “conservatives” and supposedly believed in the same smaller government, lower taxes, strong military and so on. But then the 2016 presidential election intruded. People chose sides. That’s normally not a big deal, but this time it’s different – very different.”

Choosing political sides is one thing choosing friends another. Choosing is the operative word. We define ourselves. Like Cruz’s lines,”Donald said” this or that and “this is who Donald is.” But who is Ted? That’s the problem. Who knew it was controversial?

What drew me to the article on a blog I occasionally read in the first place was the title. It was about “what happened to people who USED to be our friends?” So there I am ignorantly reading an article when it references a good friend of mine sort of indirectly, at first. I expected from the title maybe it was a self-reflective thing. It was anything but. It was a slash and burn (IMO) about certain people he personally called into question.

People talk about “feeling the Bern,” but I was really feeling the burn.

The author was someone I even associated with as a contributor at another site. I thought I’d call him a friend, as others. That’s where it gets dicey… ‘I thought.’ I allow that rarely people agree on everything. Sometimes, as the quote above says, you just disassociate with others. So there are times when we should back away from the keyboards; and then there are times when we should take to the keyboard.

So it was to my surprise when I read the piece that skewered a friend as his “example,” along with her associates and participants, as “farm animals”. Later in one one of his comments he labeled them, presumably myself included, as flawed.

Here are some selected excerpts to his piece.

“The Trumpanzees have taken on the demeanor of Donald Trump. They lie, disparage, insult and ridicule Cruz supporters as if we were *ignorant rubes who couldn’t tie shoes without help.” – [*remember that, it returns]

Straw men have invaded the internet, everywhere, even among “friends”.

“I just happened to stop by one of the blogs that I used to think of as a “friendly” site. I thought that we were friends and I can recall commiserating with her when her husband passed away….

…but some of the miscreants that she’s gathered around her look like a Who’s Who of the Animal Farm.”

So we are called names. Trumpanzees: or anyone not digesting Cruz, as delivered. Then the farm animal reference. And we’re flawed, according to his comments. Might as well say flawed farm animals.

“Why would someone show only a reference to Cruz having made only ONE truthful statement?”

His piece was complete with a pasted part of her article and the date. Then he took issue with it and said

“You’ll also note that they provide no LINK to the PolitiFact site (so you can’t immediately verify the statement).”

He went on about her post without linking to it. So he put obvious links to his referred content but couldn’t bother to link or pingback the article he based an entire piece on.
Fair? I digress. This would notify the person that: one, he used their material; two that he did a subsequent attack. One set of ethics for others, another for him.

Then he took issue with what she put up.

“ the point here is that you shouldn’t use something like this unless a comparison to your candidate comes off looking good. “ / “Isn’t it only FAIR to COMPARE the two gentlemen?” / “Why would someone show only a reference to Cruz having made only ONE truthful statement?”

See, the thing about a blog is the author writes or includes what they want, it’s that simple. Unless he is trying to employ some “fairness doctrine.” He is citing a fairness standard?

I didn’t plan on going into the political nuance of what the author had in mind. The insult and invective was my focus here. You might note his title started with “what happened to people who USED to be our friends?” What of them?

Finally, in closing he refers to the ignorance of us, and or, Trump supporters. Apparently, it is open season, who knew. I’ll have to check the regulations.

“The most satisfying thing about this is that the readers of Pesky Truth know the TRUTH, those that frequent that other blog don’t. They’re so pumped full of Trump’s lies they’re oblivious to the truth – let’s let them stay that way – after all, “ignorance is bliss,” so they’ll remain blissful in their ignorance.
Garnet92.”

Again, I am not parsing politics. I’ll do my own politics in other posts. The personal assault was the subject. So we’re flawed, weak, miscreants, farm animals, and chimpanzees crossbred with Trump supporters. So add ignorant or ignorance to the list.

BTW: the same guy did one of his lengthy trademark satires, if you are so inclined. I did wonder exactly who he had in mind in the hog farm, redneck, hillbilly saga?

Links to politi-fact sites but he can’t bother to ping his central source.

And what of the friends part? I guess not. No problem.

RightRing | Bullright

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48 comments on “It’s personal – note of discontent…. aka “friends”

  1. peppermintfarm says:

    Bull, your article is excellent. And I want to add a couple comments here about this Pesky Truth blog. If you had not directed me to Garnet’s blog I would have never known this article existed. I stopped following his blog because I saw no reason in going to such an unfriendly and hostile place.

    Once I read it I was shocked. I would never have expected this from Garnet who I always believed was a very kind and nice gentleman from my past dealings with him.

    Then I felt bewildered as to just who was he really referring to since I don’t engage in name calling nor did I try to push my choice onto someone else. If they want to vote for Cruz it doesn’t matter to me one bit.

    My political choices don’t mean I give up my friends. They are more important to me than some political choice.

    The following day after the shock wore off I have to say I found the article funny as Garnet allowed himself to bare his naked and dark soul. I felt pity for him that he could be so mean, something I never thought I’d experience, not with him. He was the very last person I ever thought would do this.

    I enjoy being compared to animals however because for the most part animals are better than people.

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    • Bullright says:

      Well, I hoped you wouldn’t mind. As a rule, I generally have no problem with animals either, it’s the humanoids we have to watch out for..

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      • peppermintfarm says:

        Obviously it’s humanoids we have to watch out for since in general, domestic animals such as are on a farm, don’t stab you in the back.

        So no I don’t mind. I’m kind of glad it’s out in the open actually. Because I still am bewildered as to who he is talking about. Certainly it’s not you or me since we never called them any names that I know of. And I know we don’t push people around either.

        And on Twitter where I have a dozen friends I keep in contact with daily, over half of them support Cruz while the rest of us support Trump. Not one of us has ever said a thing about their individual choices. No name calling, no nastiness. I think that’s because we are real friends, not just acquaintances and you and I value our friendships.

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        • Bullright says:

          Very interesting, and you must attract miscreants who are also Cruz supporters, and friends. Novel. Maybe friendship should be treasured not trashed. (I think I’ll quote myself here)

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          • peppermintfarm says:

            Bull, I think you should quote yourself too. Very good one! Friendships should be treasured because throughout our life times we develop so few really “good” friends. Most of the others are just acquaintances who we pass by like ships in the night. (not original) but then I’m just a chimpanzee. LOL!

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  2. Bullright says:

    Leonard Nimoy as Spock

    “May I say that I have not thoroughly enjoyed serving with humans? I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.” – “Day of the Dove,” 1968

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  3. peppermintfarm says:

    Oh I see. I know you have a lot of illogical thoughts being so blissfully ignorant.

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  4. Davetherave says:

    Great piece Bull. If I gave a rat’s ass about his opinion, I’d be offended. So I’m not offended. It does really suck he took such a cheap shot at Pepp (a very kind lady), but in the long run he just showed his true colors.

    Actually sounds pretty sad to me. He must be a very lonely and bitter person.

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    • peppermintfarm says:

      Dave, that’s why I found it funny rather than offensive. I don’t care what he thinks of me either. I know who I am and what kind of person I am. That’s all I need to know.

      It is pretty sad he felt he had to use me as a target however. God only knows why.

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      • Davetherave says:

        Pepp I think you’re right that only God knows why. Maybe facing the defeat of the one he worships is just more than he can handle! 🙂

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        • peppermintfarm says:

          Dave, I think if Cruz were to start winning, these kind of people would stop being so hostile. I think they’re just angry that so far Cruz does not really have the popular vote. But he may very well win anyway due to the delegate stealing he does.

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    • Bullright says:

      Well, Dave count me in your circular corner, or stable. Rather on the cheap side, I agree.And at someone who is not lashing out at others attacking them.

      Point seems to be politics shouldn’t determine one’s friends and friends shouldn’t determine one’s politics either. I think you could write some chords to that. Your mileage may vary.

      It did reveal more than it exposed.

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      • Davetherave says:

        Bull I think you’re dead on about politics should not have such an impact on folks relationships. Hell Pepp and I disagree on issues and so have you and I, but we’re all still friends.

        “Write some chords.” LMAO. It does have a pretty good country lyric sound to it. 🙂

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        • peppermintfarm says:

          Dave we sure have had our disagreements but we do it with respect. We know how to work these things out so we don’t lose our friendship which would be a huge loss for me.

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  5. Just Gene says:

    “Isn’t it only FAIR to COMPARE the two gentlemen?” Wow, didn’t he do a fair comparison ?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Getting testier every day.
    luvya

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  6. the unit says:

    I once took my football and went home. It cost me creditability among friends for years to come.
    Much later in life went on a over night small boat shrimping trip. Just me and my friend out on the bay. We had a political disagreement. Neither could just go home.
    Don’t try it, you won’t like it. You do learn though, when to STFU. 🙂

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  7. peppermintfarm says:

    yeah I either jump the shit or I wear my muck boots. Good for wading in muck and then just wash them off at the spring pump outside. See we have all the amenities available on the animal farm here.

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  8. peppermintfarm says:

    At least you can run. Whadda ya do Bull, to down to the nearest creek?

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  9. peppermintfarm says:

    LOL! Yep, that’s the best way to do it actually. Just watch the bunnies.

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  10. the unit says:

    Well I’m just Biden my time…
    I heard Obama stopped over for the Queen’s birthday party for a little, I,I,I, me, me, me today on his way back from Saudia Arabia.
    The conversation went this way…

    THE QUEENS RIDDLE
    “Your Majesty, how do you run such an efficient government? said Obama.
    Are there any tips you can give me?”
    “Well,” said the Queen,

    “The most important thing is to surround yourself with intelligent people.”
    Obama frowned, and then asked,

    “But how do I know if the people around me are really intelligent?”
    The Queen took a sip of champagne.

    “Oh, that’s easy; you just ask them to answer an intelligent riddle, watch”
    The Queen pushed a button on her intercom.
    “Please send Tony Blair in here, would you?”
    Tony Blair walked into the room and said,
    “Yes, your Majesty?”

    The Queen smiled and said,

    “Answer me this please Tony.
    Your mother and father have a child.
    It is not your brother and it is not your sister.
    Who is it?”
    Without pausing for a moment, Tony Blair answered…

    “That would be me.”
    “Yes! Very good.” said the Queen.

    Obama went back home to ask Joe Biden the same question.
    “Joe, answer this for me.”

    “Your mother and your father have a child.
    It’s not your brother and it’s not your sister.
    Who is it?”
    “I’m not sure,” said Biden.

    “Let me get back to you on that one.”
    He went to his advisors and asked everyone, but none could give him an answer.
    Frustrated, Biden went to work in congressional gym and saw Paul Ryan there.

    Biden went up to him and asked, “Hey Paul, see if you can answer this question.”
    “Shoot Joe.”
    “Your mother and father have a child and it’s not your brother or your sister.
    Who is it?”
    Paul Ryan answered,

    “That’s easy, it’s me!”

    Biden smiled, and said, “Good answer Paul!”
    Biden then, went back to speak with President Obama.
    “Say, I did some research and I have the answer to that riddle.”

    “It’s Paul Ryan !”
    Obama got up, stomped over to Biden, and angrily yelled into his face,

    “No! You idiot! It’s Tony Blair!”

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  11. […] also driven by animal spirits because the same source has called me an animal and a miscreant. So you never know what I might say or do traced to that animal […]

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  12. peppermintfarm says:

    But,but, what kind of animal are you Right Ring?

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  13. peppermintfarm says:

    Must be a nice doggie then, one with a blingy collar! Woof! Woof!

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