Posted 8 months ago on Sept. 3, 2012, 12:25 a.m. EST by Underdog
from Clermont, FL
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Recently my grown stepdaughter, who posts to FaceBook fairly regularly, pointed out that I had been posting on FB some "rather nasty" descriptions of Republicans. We've seen them all before here at the forum -- Repugnicons, Repugnicant's, Repelicans, etc. etc. etc. She further pointed out that she shared similar political leanings as me regarding the basic differences between Libs and Cons, Dems and Repubs, but in all good conscience could not engage in an honest conversation with me because of all the name-calling and obvious vitriol (indicating extreme bias and lack of objectivity) that I had been spewing.
And she was 100% correct.
I can remember back when I first started posting to this forum in January that the overall demeanor of contributions seemed...well, more civilized (for lack of a better word). It seems the closer we come to the election in November, the more visceral and hateful our expressions have become.
I hereby confess to everyone my failure to resist the temptation to "follow the herd" and engage in this low-brow form of expression. Don't get me wrong. I still believe that Republicans and Conservatives are possessed of MANY traits that I DEEPLY disagree with. But I also believe that nothing constructive can come from such adolescent name-calling behavior. It all seems like some childish form of verbal pissing contest to see who can out-clever and/or out-amuse the next poster.
Such should not be the behavior of adults who are attempting to make positive change in the world. In fact, we should be making every effort to take the highest road possible, because that is the way outsiders will formulate opinions about the movement. If we wish to gain new soldiers for the cause, we would do well to remember that people are usually attracted to erudite, principled speech rather than the behavior one would likely observe on Jerry Springer.
I am sorry, and ashamed, that for some time now I allowed myself to be swept up in the "Repubashing" that is so prevalent on this forum. I pledge to make a much better effort at taking the high road on this from now on, and hope that others who are inclined to present themselves in such a manner will do likewise.