I Have a Gripe

January 15, 2010

Another Liberal Comment

Filed under: General Annoyances,Politics — alvb1227 @ 2:33 pm
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So, I belong to a blogging group on the professional social network, LinkedIn. Someone started a discussion thread asking everyone in the group to post their blogs. I posted my two blogs (this one and http://thefiberforum.com) and that was it. No commentary, no promotional language. Nothing.

Well the person who posted next had the following to say:
“This isn’t a place for your political issues. Why don’t you submit this to Fox (Faux) News?”

I responded by saying I felt her comment was harsh and all I did was simply list my blogs as the discussion thread directed.

Now, this is where I get steamed. I would like to know why the majority of those who lean right are attacked to the point of becoming timid when those on the left discover their viewpoints? I have had (so-called) friends, as well as colleagues, verbally attack and ridicule my personal and political beliefs. Yet many on the left have no problem regularly expressing their views.

Now before I get commentary…yes, I know, I am generalizing. There are what I refer to as “fringe idiots” on both sides of the coin. I try very hard not to engage in name-calling and stoop to the level of others, regardless of how tempting it might be. One time I did, however, when I wrote in an email to an internet show I listen to regularly. I clearly and without emotion stated my opinion and gave facts to support it. What did one of the panelists do? They referred to me as a “right-wing tea bagger.” Well, I was furious! I emailed in again and told them I was offended and asked how would he like it if I referred to him as a “left-wing nut job?” He understood my point and apologized. But why does it need to get to that point?

As usual, it just doesn’t make sense.



  1. I must comment here. As a “left-wing nut job,” it has often been my experience that Conservatives/Republicans often call me crazy, whacko, a socialist, over compasionate, gullible, etc. Just because I ask simple questions like “were you raised by a single mom, because she was widdowed and depended on that Man to be the bread winner b/c he talked her out of going to college in order to stay home and raise the kids.” or “Have you ever lost your job and lost your health benefits, but COBRA was more than unemployment and unemployment put you into the ‘you make to much’ range. But you have 2 kids and a wife, how do you go to the Dr?” You can’t know until you’ve been in these situations what people need in times of hardship.

    Maybe it’s the area I live, but I’m the minority around here and I’m insulted all the time for being progressive just for asking some simple questions.

    I don’t even lower myself to be considered a democrat – call me a progressive, please 🙂

    Comment by Melanie — January 15, 2010 @ 4:04 pm | Reply

    • Sounds good. 🙂 Like I said, there are absolutely extremes on both sides. I think what frustrates me the most is when I listen to the news and guests with opposing views are on, they just start trying to “talk over” each other. I have often sent in email messages (when available) and tell them that is the exact problem. No one is listening. Excellent points Melanie! 🙂

      Comment by alvb1227 — January 15, 2010 @ 4:13 pm | Reply

  2. Hi, I am on the thread on LinkedIn that you were on. For weeks people have been advertising their blog and yours was the first time someone commented negatively about any of the blogs. I appreciate the comment from Melanie that she is getting flack for her views and I think that people should be strong in their convictions, but it just seems that the left attacks (in general) much more than the right does. If you truly believe in what you’re saying, you should never be afraid to say what you mean.

    Melanie, you must admit that the media has been bashing the right and ridiculing us for standing up for the constitution. The term “tea bagger” is so offensive to me, I can’t even tell you. However, I don’t think you should be condemned for your views either. This country is being torn apart and we need to come together fast!

    Comment by ChrisLWagner — January 15, 2010 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

    • Hi Chris,
      Thanks for checking out the blog! You have no idea (well, actually you probably do ) how steamed I was when I saw that comment. I just took a deep breath and answered quite simply. I didn’t want to engage because I felt that really wasn’t the place.

      You are right Chris. This country is being torn apart by nonsense. I really started this blog originally as just a place to vent due to simple frustration. Call it therapy. What I am finding is that there are many more who feel like I do and we need to start working together within the confines of the law and help get this country back on the road to prosperity.

      Comment by alvb1227 — January 15, 2010 @ 8:14 pm | Reply

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