LJWorld.com weblogs Loyal Opposition
This is the second mini-summary of my perceptions of the liberal world here on the LJW web site. Remember when I first started to blog here that was a goal I created for myself. The previous mini-summary addressed the endless demands for more public resources without regard to source or impact.
Now I don’t mean by extremism those right wing militias that we all know about. I am not addressing the crazy semi-Christian fundamentalists who burn their children. I am not addressing the union activists that threaten people who oppose their goals. I am talking about many on here.
From my perspective any post that does not agree with the world view of many regular posters to this space is immediately relegated to being stupid, ill-informed, or anti what ever. Posts that simply challenge data are immediately restated as if the author suggested we for example reduce our government services to nothing. Comparison at the extremes of the argument are casually thrown about to discredit a less then absolute nonpolitical post
A perfect example is the on going debate on a story that provided a few factoids and then drew a very broad conclusion form those factoids as to the motivation behind teacher retirement data. Challenging the link between data and conclusion (not the conclusion itself) immediately led to charges of being anti-education and anti-teacher. That type of extremism is rampant in this space.
Such extremism is almost certain to produce fireworks as the original author takes umbrage at how his/her comments have been reinterpreted to a seeming political end. Such shenanigans do little to invite dialogue or earn support for the cause being advocated by those who do the reinterpreting.
So sad! If we can not have a meaningful dialogue in our little world how will we ever resolve the more fundamental difference we are facing as a nation.