I got into a bit of a spat with one of my regular commenters this past week. It was regarding a post I wrote on how the problems in Syria and Iraq might be solved. As I have mentioned many times in this space I am not a university educated person, my post secondary education is limited to some trade school and courses related to my chosen profession. So my reasoning skills sometimes leave a little to be desired. Those of you that have followed this blog over the years, must have noticed that through the school of hard knocks with many embarrassing grammatical and spelling errors my writing has improved a tad over time. I have had numerous folks tell me that although they sometimes disagree with my viewpoint, appreciate the conversations that I start. I have said all along that I don’t always agree with some of the stuff I write but put it out there to bring unpopular, opposing opinion to the table. Judging from the 200 – 300 views per day this blog still receives, even when I am not posting for weeks on end, it seems I might be doing something right.
Back to the spat mentioned above. I am the first to admit when I am wrong in my thinking or in my opinion. I always welcome and enjoy hearing a different view to my own. Case in point the person I have been having ongoing spats with mentioned that “We already have laws in place dealing with Muslim related hate speech and violence perpetrated by Muslims”. The person was right and I would have quite happily backed off from my waffling until the person told me to “get my head out of my ass”, called me a “right-wing nut bar” and a “small minded bigot”. At that point the conversation is over, and I did what I rarely do on this blog, deleted one comment, after I had allowed it, then deleted the next without even posting it. I have been stewing about this the past few days, hence the reason for this post. I welcome and embrace all comments especially those that disagree me. I also try to be respectful in my responses to those of you that disagree with what I say. A lot of the stuff I write is based on much online political reading, conversations with the “Grumpy Old White Guys” from the coffee shop, other day to day talk with friends, co-workers et al. Hence the name of this blog view from a “Nobody”.
As most of you may have gathered by now, my perspective comes from the right side of the political spectrum. I am a Thatcher conservative. I hate crony capitalism, corporate welfare, those that think that because they won life’s lottery and have ended up with a cushy government job and gold plated pension plan, have more right to my money than I do. I dislike the hypocrisy that exists at all levels of government across all party lines. Although I do find that same hypocrisy exists more from the left of center side of the equation than the right (but I could be biased). I also find the progressives such dour humourless souls and are often firmly entrenched in their viewpoints, and as I find with this blog resort to name calling and insults rather than respectful reasoned argument. If you look back through past posts, notice the tone of my right of center commenters and compare it to that of the lefty’s, the difference is quite pronounced.
One last thing, on a very different note. I have had numerous people ask why I have stopped commenting on our local political scene. The answer is quite simple, I am working out of town at present and my week day home is in Hamilton. I am unable to attend council meetings on Monday evenings, I no longer have my finger on that particular pulse, so do not feel that I am in a place to write about that subject matter. That will not always be the case and as soon as I finish the project I am working on down south, will get back to the main stay of this blog, so bear with me. In the mean time this is your forum, if any of you have anything that you want me to post, or an issue you think needs to be addressed locally, I am more than happy to publish on this blog.
Remember everyone, we live in one of the best countries on earth, this blog and others like it only exist because our forefathers spilled much blood and treasure to give us this right of freedom of expression and speech. So please be respectful.