And nails it, in my opinion.
The BlueMeanie and I disagree often, but usually respectfully. When it gets disrespectful, it tends to be my lapse, not his.
One area where we disagree is what constitutes a troll. My definition is narrower, so narrow that it applies only to those we’ve banished from the site, with one obvious exception, the Thuckmeister. Ole Thuck repeated himself for the sole purpose of annoying the crap out of us all, bloggers and readers both. The Captain has annoyed me at times, but I doubt that was his intention, and some of his comments are hilarious. On balance, I welcome his input.
BlueMeanie has a lower “troll threshold.” Repeat yourself a bit, and ….
Which brings us to Liza, a frequent commenter here, labeled a troll by Blue Meanie for preferring Jill Stein to Hillary Clinton. In responding, I think Liza articulated quite well a feeling many of us, including yours truly, have:
Tom, it doesn’t bother me even slightly that Mr. Meanie thinks I’m an internet troll. He is not particularly receptive toward those who do not agree with him. Who cares?
What I expect going forward is for these “realists” to hammer away at “Party Unity, Trump Must Be Stopped” and not much else. Bernie will do the best he can, but no one can unify diametrically opposed positions very easily. How do we “unify” the old establishment politics, the old political fossils like the Clintons, super delegates, the bought and paid for Congress, corporate rule, protection of the wealthy class, biased and complicit mainstream media, hawkish foreign policy, etc…WITH believing in social and economic justice, protection of the planet, concern for future generations, diplomacy before war, etc… There is no intersection.
The people who chose Bernie Sanders want a change in leadership and still hold out hope for reforming the Democratic party, I suppose. I admire youthful optimism, I just happen to be more cynical.
And the elephant in the room, of course, is the presumptive nominee herself. Such a terrible choice, but the DNC has rammed their party royalty down the voter’s throats and they intend to see it through. Her dismal record is out there, totally accessible, yet the die hards keep playing this “emperor is wearing no clothes” game with us. I’m just tired of it.
So, onward to the Lesser of Two Evils general election. It is historic, in a way. Have there ever been two worse candidates at once? Not in my lifetime, that I recall and I go back to Nixon/McGovern. There is a documentary about McGovern called “One Bright Shining Moment: The Forgotten Summer of George McGovern.” Yes, indeed, those who do not know history are bound to repeat it.
Yeah, I go back to George McGovern as well. Well put, Liza. Pretty damn good for a troll.