As an unabashed Conservative, formerly a Liberal, I like to think I can put myself into both ideological mindsets. But a post recently made to my Blog and Blogcritics called “The Bag” left me speechless with incomprehension.
“The Bag” is a short and sweet reminisce about a trip my sister and I made to NY City. I recounted the story about a bag, very small, one of those Hallmark things, left on the sidewalk and the argument I had with my sister’s eyebrows over whether I should claim the bag myself.
One of my Blog readers sent me a URL that I checked out. To discover, to my complete astonishment, the Blog owner quoted my entire post from my Blog, including the pictures.
Then the Blogger launched into a tirade, the meanness contained within being totally incongruent with the innocence of the story.
I ruminated for a week then came to the only conclusion possible.
Liberals are just plain unhappy.
This makes them very mean.
Over these past few years, as my transformation from Liberal to rock-solid Conservative was taking place, it is this very meanness by Liberals that aided in my ideological change.
This and the fact that things have greatly changed since my days of marching against the Vietnam war while carrying candles in the rain.
I’ve listened to the Move-On people rant about nasty Americans. I’ve heard many of the liberal congress critters harp on about Abu-Gharab and Gitmo, even calling Gitmo comparable to Gulags and concentration camps. I’ve seen an unbridled hatred of our current President unbalanced almost in the vitriol.
Do people really believe that the transformation of Times Square and Manhattan happened because of 9/11?
Yes of course, the entire structure of Manhattan was changed since 9/11. It takes years to build buildings, idiots.
Downtown badly needs to be rebuilt, but somehow hasn’t been.
Two things really upset me about this post: it was the author’s first visit to Manhattan in 20 years, and 20 years it was so dingy and horrible. It wasn’t. Obviously you don’t appreciate ornate pre-war (World War Two) buildings, and yes it was less safe–crack epidemic–the years of Ford to city: drop dead had just ended, and we were using mostly private resources to redo the parks, Times Square and other places.
The Blogger obviously takes exception in the quote above to my allusion that the change in NY city since my earlier visit as being attributable to the 9/11 attacks.
Which I will admit was exactly my allusion.
Then the Blogger goes on about the things that upset her about my post. Getting “upset” about my post, let’s state right here, being an enormous over-reaction as I see it. But in my post that gets this poor unhappy human being so upset, I cite specific examples, very specific and TRUE examples, of the change in attitude of NY city since my earlier visit and the recent one with the incident of “The Bag.”
Sure, my examples are but anecdotes in a city teeming with millions of humans and the examples may, or may not, be indicative of a change in the “persona” of NY City from twenty years ago until now.
Although this Liberal Blogger really needs to get a clue. This is how tourists get an impression of places he/she may visit. They then go home and tell their family and friends. It’s a fact. All of us, even Liberals, form their mindsets and opinions on human interaction and our personal experiences.
In fact if 9/11 didn’t help change the atmosphere of NY city, for which an argument could be made that it DID as the city desperately needed to get their tourists back, then I’d argue it was the reign of mighty Rudy Guilianni that did the deed.
Either way, I still argue the NY City of my twenty year memory and the NY City of “The Bag” are almost two different cities in two different times.
The Blogger, who lives in NY city by the way, can think what she wants. Sometimes when one is in the middle of something they lose a perspective a casual visitor can note immediately.
Even more bizarre, the post had many comments after the original post.
“We don’t need or want holier than thou tourists who are so proud of visiting our city because they could be putting their lives in danger.”
“Yet we have the whole (expletive deleted) country telling us that not only aren’t we patriotic because we didn’t vote for Bush but they are for visiting.
you and Karl Rove can kiss my New York tush.”
“Yes I’m angry over a bag because the writer used it to frame a cute stupid story when there was nothing cute about 9/11 or its aftermath”
Dear Lord! These people need to get a grip!
It was a NICE story. In fact, the Blogger herself states “Here it is: a cute anecdote in a cute blog.”
There were many more comments, most very nasty.
All of it a perfect example of the meanness Liberals carry in their hearts. Remembering that the Blog cited is a Liberal Blog.
Which makes me wonder why are Liberals so mean?
In my Liberal heyday I felt like I had a cause. A nasty rotten war in a steamy jungle destroyed my marriage when my young husband took off for Canada to avoid the draft. It was the height of the Civil Rights movement; an era when blacks still had to sit in the back of the bus. Women were routinely paid less than their male counterparts for doing the same work.
There was change to be made and as I looked around I felt I had to be a part of it. In fact, in another post made to my Blog and on Blogcritics about my experience with segregation at Baltimore’s old Gwynn Oak Park, the post was picked up by Baltimore’s Afro-American newspaper, I was interviewed, and they’re doing a feature article on it.
Hardly a mean Conservative am I.
In my Liberal days I too disliked the President. Heck, I was one of the five people who voted for George McGovern! But never, not ever, did I hate Nixon, Ford or even the hapless Carter, with the rage coursing through today’s Liberals for George Dubya. And as much as I hated that Vietnam war, I never spit on a returning serviceman, a nasty sport of that era, or took every opportunity to paint them as evil torturers, today’s favored sport.
Yon readers may accept my analysis of mean Liberals, based on events and quotes as they currently occur and personalized by this experience, as being without merit.
As for myself, I am left inextricably with my perception that Liberals are just plain mean people.
Mean people are unhappy people.
There’s a time to be Liberal and, as Thomas Jefferson noted in his concept of “countervailing forces” , a time for the pendulum to swing the other way.
The pendulum across this country is now swinging towards Conservatism. Soldiers are no longer drafted. Our war on terrorism is based on an ATTACK on this country. Little Vietnam never attacked anybody. Blacks not only have equality, there’s been a long period of affirmative action to move things along. Women are now paid equal wages for equal work.
MY brand of Liberalism brought about change.
Liberals today are the unhappy people of the world with a common cause:
To be MEAN because it feels good.
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