Such dour humourless souls…….

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.


2 thoughts on “Such dour humourless souls…….

  1. Colin, let’s get the facts straight….I didn’t call you a “right wing bar”, it was “right wing nut job” and I don’t believe I used the term “small minded bigot”, it was “narrow minded bigot”, although I can’t be sure of this because you deleted the post….If I used the word “small”, I apologize because “small minded” implies being stupid which I wasn’t intending, while the use of “narrow minded” would refer to your view on the subject matter. Bigot is defined as “a person who is obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices; especially: one who regards or treats the members of a group”. So let’s put all this into the context of the subject matter….(this is the “get your head out of your ass” part)….to quote from your blog “Western countries then put in place laws in their own countries that outlaw Islamic practices that do not correspond with western values…..” and “In short a specific set of laws that deal with issues very real within western countries that relate to Islam.” Now, I don’t think your intention was to suggest the western world adopt policies similar to that of the Nazi’s, but I’m afraid that’s how it reads. As I continued reading, I came across this gem…… “up to 30% of Muslims actually agree with the fundamentalist facets of their religion and quietly, with a nod and a wink, agree with the goals set out by Islamic State”…. What you did is take a stat from a poll with a very small sample size (British Muslims) relative to the group you were generalizing about (1.6 billion Muslims) and forced into the point you were attempting to make. Also, there is no mention of the socio-economic profile of the group being polled (rich, poor etc..) so again there’s no context to this 30% figure you’re throwing out there….blah, blah….I’m not going down this road again.

    I think it’s also important to note that all of the above followed this comment from you; “ You need to expand your horizons an little and start looking outside your progressive socialist box Robert”…and this isn’t the first time you said this type of thing to me and I know it’s just part of the banter, however on this occasion following what I had just read in your blog, telling you to get your “head out of your ass” was as polite as I could put it. Colin, I regret none of my comments and while I won’t go as far as saying I was offended by that particular blog post, I was surprised by the level of intolerance you seemed to be okay with. As a somewhat regular commenter on this blog who does not use an anonymous handle, I sure as hell wanted to make sure I made my thoughts known. Lastly, I hope I don’t need to point out the irony in the final paragraph of your latest 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.”

  2. It is unfortunate that some prefer to use name calling to accentuate their argument. For the most part, you raise a lot of interesting points and it is great to have the opportunity to share views on matters that affect us all at one level or another. For that, I thank you.
    I like reading your posts and particularly like seeing the various comments as they often provide an alternative position allowing for the rest of us to stop and think. We may or may not change our minds, but we are given the benefit of a variety of viewpoints which is important when dealing with issues either global or local in nature.

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