The post below the fold is being re-posted due to criticism I received from Facebook "friends"--old Air Force acquaintances, no less--who claim that I don't support my opinions nor talk about the thinking which went into those opinions. (Actually, they never say anything that polite or with the slightest amount of good faith; they assume that no thinking went into my opinions and refer to me as a parrot and worse. I wonder why that is. Is it that difficult to click on the links on the left sidebar of my Facebook page?)
Fact is, I've grown weary of methodically laying out the chains of occurrences, premises, conclusions and examples which have served as undergird to my opinions. Fact is, whether I make the effort or don’t make the effort, I get this sort of thing (in response to Razing Arizona):
I object to you and almost everything you say. I think you are full of sh*t. That plain enough? I'm [here] to object to you and your invective, which I find personally offensive. At some point, people have to say, I object.
This guy kept insisting over and over again that he objected; I imagined him punctuating each objection with a foot stomp.
And, using the fact that he objects to me and everything I say, this “gentleman” came to the conclusion that I must be crazy and delusional. Surely, that is the only reason that I could possibly be 180 degrees from him in all opinions. Right?
The funniest thing, however, was that, in this man’s repeated exclamations of objection, there was never any specific direct object. (Linguists will groan at that pun.) He never did pick out a topic about which he and I are in opposition and defend his viewpoint on that topic, even after I repeatedly invited him to do so.
It's plain, Greg, but it's still pretty generalized.
There has to be a specific reason tha[t] you think
that I am full of sh*t and you certainly should be able to take a specific
issue and explain to me why I am wrong about it--in a sane and non-delusional,
invective-free and sh*t-less manner, of course.
Come on. I know you can do it.
To which, I received this charming response:
I don't have to defend it to you -- or explain it -- anymore than I expect you to do the same [sic]. You have an opinion -- I think you're full of sh*t. My opinion. I don't really TRULY have to say anything else.
My five-year-old niece would call such a response immature. I wouldn’t, however. It’s obvious that either the man is intellectually incapable of defending his opinions or he is too lazy to think through his premises and conclusion and, afterward, articulate them. Due to the puling, I vote the latter. Petulance in adults is almost always a cover-up.
Then again, hasn't our president repeatedly claimed that the time for talk is over?