True to Form

The left is true to form. Mean, vindictive, petty, and violent.

17 thoughts on “True to Form”

      1. “they are even worse winners than they are losers”

        This is why these wannabe Red Guards hold a religion that instructs its adherents to love their enemies in such utter contempt.

        “Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven…”

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  1. Good time to mention that if you want to delete old facebook posts and comments in bulk, there’s a way to do that now (link below.) It still takes a while if you’re doing years worth of posts and comments, as I am, but it’s doable. Even better would be deleting your profile and starting anew, but that’s not feasible for everyone.

    Of course, the surveillance capitalists still have all your data, but at least this prevents vindictive people you know from digging up old posts.

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      1. Did you delete all your old comments when you did that? Never underestimate how vindictive people can be. This gives you a way to do that. I think you might even be able to delete likes/reacts (I’m not sure if I’ll bother, it’s taking long enough to go through a decade of posts and comments.)


  2. Clarissa. On the earlier thread I spammed today, you gave some very Soviet sounding counsel to turn inward – “cultiver chacun son propre jardin” I guess? – and not to worry about national politics, since they’re irrelevant in a globalized world.. which is psychologically wise, I guess, in so far as it goes.

    But I still have hope for larger things. There’re a few lines of Tolkien’s (Gandalf’s) wisdom that you knocked in from the liminal edge, that have been in my mind this evening: “there are many powers in this world, some good, some evil..” Then, “even the smallest person can change the course of the future..” And, “despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.”

    Because while I am afraid, it’s not of AOC’s incipient Stasi. I’m afraid of my own hatred and anger.. I’m wrestling with it, my desire to hate her.. My strong temptation to become like her. Because I am like unto her.. And in this realization, I suddenly feel a flicker of empathy, compassion, sympathy for her.. And suddenly I know I’m going to be okay. I can’t do it. She can hate me, put her on her list. She can cancel or even kill me. But I won’t hate her. Or be afraid of her.

    Which is to say that your advice on assenting her demands, mouthing platitudes of compliance to her regime of “soft totalitarianism” is crap. She can’t have that. It’s my heart, my mind is mine. I won’t burn incense to her idols. There’s a line from the psalms that applies, “the wicked man fleeth when no man pursueth, but the just, bold as a lion shall be without dread.” No silly fascist is going to intimidate me. I won’t mouth her lies.

    Or shut up.

    “These are the times that try men’s souls… Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods..”

    Let’s have courage, then. Never assent. Never lie. Let them do their worst.


    1. I’m with you 100%, CRC. If you can make your living and avoid this kind of crap, that’s great. But I had to attend a training today that taught me that making jokes about tacos around somebody named Pedro is discrimination. (Completely true story.) So that’s my situation.


      1. “No silly fascist is going to intimidate me. I won’t mouth her lies.”

        “make your living… making jokes about tacos. So that’s my situation”

        Freedom to disagree depends on a whole set of norms and institutions that don’t exist in any real sense in an authoritarian polity. And so, one has to pick one’s moments wisely in a Cultural Revolution. The folks in charge have the power to squish you if they even suspect you might challenge them directly. Instead of ‘standing up to the man’, you’ll be wearing the tall dunce cap of denunciation and getting sent to the countryside to work in the fields pour encourager les autres.

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        1. One last comment. I’m sorry if I’ve been a blowhard in two threads here today. I have a personal reason for being deranged, I hope you’ll excuse my angst, anger and bluster.

          This past weekend my brother and sister in law told me that they weren’t interested in seeing our parents any more because they support Trump, and would disown me if I voted for him. I had been warming to him recently, they knew it, and told me it was unacceptable. I wasn’t sure I was going to vote, and I asked them to give me substantive reasons why I shouldn’t. They basically said I had to vote Biden because Trump is evil. No specific reasons why, other than he is racist and odious. Furthermore, they told me that not voting was unacceptable, I had to vote Biden in opposition.

          I didn’t try to argue with them, I just sat there and listened. I left under that cloud. I stewed about it for a couple days. Until I realized that I would not be bullied like this. Despite my concerns about what Trump might do with another term (war with Iran?) that I supported too much of what he has done, and was so concerned about Biden and especially Harris, that I had to vote for him.

          Most importantly, I will not be emotionally blackmailed.

          So I cast my vote.. And I’m going to tell them what I’ve done. So there’s that. I’m very angry. And defiant. Sorry for venting it here. I hope I wasn’t too offensive or absurd. I’m going to take a break from the internet.


      2. I don’t blame you. I’d never dare tell you what you ought to do. I’m only begging people to refuse to be bullied, to not violate your own principles, not to be afraid to disobey if anyone tries to get you to betray your conscience.

        I’m exhorting myself here, first. I’m trying to clarify and state my own principles, because I need them firmly fixed in my own conscience.

        I just tweeted AOC and asked her to add me to her blacklist, but I’ve only tweeted about ten times before and have no idea how to screen shot it, else I’d post it here. My name is Charles Curtis, I’m in Wildwood, FL, and I support President Trump. I welcome any consequence that may invite.

        Non violent defiance, and if necessary civil disobedience is our first and best line of defense against this sort of intimidation. If enough people stand up to these bullies, our courage will become socially contagious. Perhaps the thugs will then be themselves intimidated into respecting us and our rights.

        I judge no one who would rather not expose themselves to possible malice. I’m just fed up and I suppose foolhardy enough that I feel I need to.


      3. “t taught me that making jokes about tacos around somebody named Pedro is discrimination”

        Well Kendi announced that “personal responsibility” is a racist term… so…… yeah, there’s. that. They are going all out to increase suspicion and hostility between races (lest any of that nasty class consciousness forms).

        Who’d ever have guessed that the predominate ideology of the day would be vulgar Marxism?

        Vulgar Marxism with the values reversed of course since it glorifies in the dispossession of the proletariat…


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