New To the Blogosphere
I’ve lived my 14 years on the internet (Wow! That long) on forums (first, Usenet, then, largely vbb sites), and while “blogging” became such a common term (one which I had to learn the difference from a forum); I realized I never was involved in it. (thus not even knowing what it was at first). Gradually, over time, I began posting in comments for articles, which are basically a kind of blogs. Then, a forum for an interest of mine gave each member a blogspace. Plus, a subforum where blogs were created as topic threads (really blurring the already fuzzy at times line between blog and forum. Not a lot of success in getting responses to others into the topics; but I’m still learning).
When a friend there changed her blog here to be visible to members only and invited me to sign up, I thought about it for several months.
I have many interests, and have communicated them on my own web space, but it seems the one I really would like to make periodic commentary on is the subject of politics. That is where a lot of stuff is said that I feel needs to be answered better than many are answering; and where just venting on other people’s blogs or forums often leads to a lot uncivility.
(I’ll talk about my other interests as well. There are a lot of subjects in which an event happens, that I could comment and share my thoughts on without continuously modifying my webpages; in which case the new material might not even be seen by someone who’s already read them).
To start, here is what I notice political discourse has boiled down to regarding the blaming that goes on between Right and Left regarding economics:
R: We’re tired of all these lazy grasshoppers [Quinn/warroom], pigs and ducks [Reagan] getting all our hard earned pie
L: No, it’s the Queen Ants and Chicken Big who are getting all of it. Look at how much they have!
R: They don’t count! They ‘earned’ it. Stop ‘coveting’ what’s theirs!
L: well, they aren’t working 1000’s of times harder than everyone else.
R: It’s the market that determines they’re worth all that. They’re to be compensated for their knowledge, skill and responsibility
L: well then, this “market” is giving them everything, then. That’s why it should be moderated.
R: But them having so much pie doesn’t leave less for us. If you let them have as much as they want, they will create a ‘bigger pie’ for everyone else!
L: It’s not working like that. We are giving them more, and they are either sitting on it, or sending it elsewhere
R: Well; it’s theirs to do with as they please. And it’s your regulations and taxes discouraging them from spending here.
L: When your policies are enacted, it gets worse, not better.
R: That’s because of the damage done by prior liberal policies. It needs more time for all that to be undone.
L: no, that damage is from the prior conservative policies
R: stop passing blame off and take responsibility for your failed policies!
L: no, it’s your policies that are failing the working class.
R: No, the working class just didn’t strive hard enough
—So we’re tired of all these lazy grasshoppers, pigs and ducks getting all our hard earned pie…
Here is the predecessor to the Politics section; when I simply updated a non-blog formatted page on my own web-space: