Eliminate the noise
What I am going to do is ask the blogs – both sides – (which are, contrary to the opinion of some managed by mostly intelligent, educated people) to take both stories and eliminate the noise, eliminate the knee-jerk suspicions and raised eyebrows. Iâ€™m asking the blogs to suppress the urge to bellow at â€œthose fiends!â€ on the â€œother sideâ€ of each story and consider what the story, finally, means for America. Iâ€™m asking the bloggers to, having hacked through the clinging vines, obfuscation and media frames and narratives, look at the very serious and fundamental questions that exist within each story.
As to the Sheehan story, the question is a simple one made more difficult by the extreme emotional foundation of the story, and it is this: Beyond the emotion, beyond the spin which – it must be acknowledged – is quite possibly a help and an amusement to the very people who killed Casey Sheehan, people who would be frankly delighted to see America pull out of Iraq and render the deaths of 1800 soldiers and thousands of Iraqi citizens utterly meaningless, beyond all of that, what will a second meeting with President Bush bring to Mrs. Sheehan that the first meeting did not, why does she need a second meeting when other grieving mothers and fathers seem content with one, and how are her words and actions affecting the morale and safety of the 100,000 other young men and women who are still in Iraq?
“Once you obliterate your opinions and adopt mine, life is sweet. For me, that is. At least that’s what Jesus tells me in my head”
But then, when called on her bullshit:
As I wrote below – if all you can offer in your emails and comments – re any blogger, on either side of the aisle – is invective, crude language and sputtering, angry threats, then it might be better to say nothing for the moment, get a hold of yourself, get away from the computer and re-think what you want to say, deciding whether or not you want to communicate an idea that may be reported to the people who keep you online, and to any further authorities, if need be. You can find a BETTER way to express your thoughts and feelings.
And all of that is true of bloggers, too.
In the meantime, my hard drive and back up disc are filling up with a collection of hate mail, email addresses, urls, names, places of employment and other information. I would be terribly distressed to have to use any of that information against anyone elseâ€¦but if I feel for one second that my safety or the safety of my family is threatened, I will not hesitate to take the information where it needs to go.
This nonsense has got to stop. There is no reason for any blogger, liberal or conservative, Christian or atheist, to have to endure adolescent and vituperative missives, and threats to any person are inexcusable – noone(sic) should stand for them. Grow up, people. Grow up!
Then try to not insult peoples intelligence with a stupid one-sided proposal. Oh, and don’t threaten people with your hard drive full of crap.
Jesus doesn’t like a whiner.