I’m sure I mentioned this before. I have a collection of Facebook friends, and a lot of discussion goes on. The problem is most of these people have views that align with mine, and that makes for some deadly dull dialog. That’s why I seek out Facebook friends of a different stripe. This blog feeds on controversy.
Big problem. In all but a few cases those of divergent views felt offended at having their notions challenged, and the result is they have terminated the conversation by de-friending me. Full disclosure: I have de-friended maybe a couple of people on Facebook, and that has been because they tended to post relentlessly on matters of interest only to themselves.
That said, here is a continuation of The Conversation. A few hours ago I added Rodger Morrow.
Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
- Greater Pittsburgh Area
- Writing and Editing
Morrow posts a bunch of stuff, currently taking up nearly half of my Facebook feed. I have to skim his posts and select a few to read. Here is one.
“Flake is a never-Trumper. Like a number of others for whom I once had considerable respect, Flake has elevated his hatred for our president over every principle of politics and public policy. He would rather subvert his own allegedly conservative principles than allow President Trump to exercise his constitutional powers as president. Words can hardly express how contemptible this is.”
‘Traitor’ is normally considered a harsh word, but it is the only printable thing I have called ‘Republican’ Senator Jeff Flake since he announced, a few hours ago, that he is “not comfortable voting yes” on Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. His concern is the ridiculously stale…
Jackie DiCicco Fullen This is horrible. How can this man think he is honorable? I hope he realizes his pettiness and votes for the good of this country and not for chaos.
Rodger Morrow This is much like John McCain’s vote to rescue Obamacare. Flake honestly believes he’s acting on behalf of some higher principle and that history will vindicate his decision.
There’s no stopping a man like that, and I expect Bob Corker, Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins — all traitors-in-waiting — will follow his lead.
At this point is inserted a link to the book, Conscience of a Conservative, on Amazon. There follow a few well-considered comments:
Tim Aquino May he rot in hell!!!!!!!!!!!
I’m done with these pathetic POS.
Tim Aquino So this POS screws “we the people” because his vagina is in an uproar over that meanie (Trump)??
For the uninitiated, “POS” is Facebook shorthand for “piece of shit,” and Tim thought it important enough to invoke it twice. About this point I felt the need to contribute my two cents:
John Blanton Flake is a never Trumper? Could be. The question is, why are you not a never Trumper?
I have to admit, the response to my discourteous remarks was measured and enlightening:
Tim Aquino Because I think for myself and can see with my eyes to what’s going on??
Rodger Morrow If your purpose in making a friend request was simply to troll my posts, please know that I have no patience for such bullshit.
If you wish to learn from someone who knows far more about politics and government than you ever will, please attend to my words of wisdom.
Otherwise, piss off.
I have to admit, I have been invited to piss off before, but never with such eloquence. I responded in my usual, crass manner:
John Blanton In posing the question I was seeking material answers. You must have reasons for your loyalty to Donald Trump, and it should be possible to articulate these reasons. A response should include particulars. Anybody willing to respond in kind?
At some point I inserted an explanation as to why I was interested in this dialog, and I explained I do not hate Trump supporters (somebody accused me of that), but I consider Trump supporters to be an interesting species worth studying. What I received in return was truly heart-warming:
Rodger Morrow Tell me why I — or anyone on this thread — owes you an explanation for anything.
Go peddle your “curious species that deserves study” bullshit somewhere else.
You’re boring us.
Jackie DiCicco Fullen such boorish self serving arrogant troll! Considers us all “ interesting”! Screw him!
At this point, in my usual manner, I went completely off the rails. I cannot imagine what came over me.
John Blanton Is there a material response in there, somewhere? “Us all?” “Screw him?” Is anybody interested in meaningful dialog? Who here will be interested in arguing a point by means of rational discourse?
The reply I received to my arrogance was concise and to the point.
Tim Aquino It appears it was not your intent in the first place for rational discourse. So as said before you self serving arrogant troll … SCREW OFF!!
You have failed to do so.
Beat it, asshole.
And that is where it stands as of this writing. I just now posted my response.
Rodger, my apologies. I am slow to respond to your request for an explanation due to my having multiple things going on in the background. I am posting from my home.That said, I concede neither you nor anybody else owes me an explanation. It is my hope that, in the interest of furthering the discussion, you will volunteer to elaborate on your reasoning. Donald Trump must have any number of qualities that earn your support. Here is your opportunity to lay them out. That goes for all participating in this thread. Your opinions matter to me.Unable to post comment.
Hopefully my rudeness will not cause Rodger Morrow to de-friend me, as so many others have. Oops! Too late. Rodger Morrow just now seems to have blocked me. Does anybody have the dictionary definition of “snowflake?”