Saturday, March 24, 2007

Don't Confuse Me With The Facts


Geoffrey has offered an apology, of sorts, on his blog.

I say of sorts because while this line,

"For my tone, for my shortness, and for my rudeness I apologize.",

sounds like an apology, this line,

"I mean no disrespect to those who hold views different from mine, but the simple truth is that, for me, because of the utter failure in every way this Administration has been and continues to be, I do not believe that conservative views as they are currently constituted in the United States have any credibility or should be accommodated as having any credibility. If this offends, I offer no apologies",

casts just a dash of suspicion onto his sincerity.

I wish I had the time to go find a picture of a kid plugging his ears saying "I can't hear you, I can't hear you...!" because that fits this so well.

I recently alluded to a counter-protest that occurred last Saturday in Washington DC. These counter-protesters were ridiculed by Geoffrey Kruse-Safford on his blog. I thought he profoundly misunderstood the motivation behind the march, so I attempted to educate him.

Here's what I wrote:

According to the NY Times, Saturday's protest was organized by the ANSWER coalition. Which, of course, is a splinter group from the Worker's World Party.

Here is an example of these protestors and what they have done in the past.

As for why people might think these groups would deface the monuments in Washington, it might surprise you to know that it's happened before. Here, Here, Here, Here, Here, to name a few.

So when a protest is organized by a well known socialist group, and these groups have a history of vandalizing war memorials, I don't think it's terribly odd for a group of veterans to feel it necessary to protect them this time around.

Wanna know how he responded? I quote:

It's all a lie. Period.

I couldn't care less about anything you say here

Honestly, I don't care what you say

You have a right to your freedom of speech, and I have a right to my freedom to ignore you for many good reasons.

OOOO, they burned a flag! Call out the constitutional amendment! I swear, if I ever attend a gay wedding ceremony, I will burn a whole bushel of flags to cook the hot dogs at the reception! You people are pathetic.

Glad we could have this little chat.


Ashlee said...

So, has he listed his "many good reasons" yet?

Charles D said...

It seems that this goes both ways. A number of people on the right plug their ears and say "La, la, la, la" whenever anyone points out the US does not have a foreign policy based on support for human rights or democracy, or how the Bush Administration shows utter contempt for the U.S. Constitution.

As for the ANSWER coalition and the counter-protesters, it seems much more logical that those who support this illegal war, the imprisonment and torture of US citizens without warrant, the outing of covert CIA agents, and the politicization of the justice system organize their own protest. Maybe you can all wear brown shirts as a sign of solidarity.

Cameron said...


His "reasons" are found in his apology, which I just added to this post as an update.

They basically amount to "if you disagree with me, I don't have to listen because since you disagree with me, you are obviously stupid."


I'm not sure Geoffrey will be pleased to know that you have lumped his reaction into the same group that he purportes to hate.

Eric the Half-bee said...

What if we just burn a few rainbow flags?

Cameron said...

That would obviously be hate speech, and you would have to go into rehab.