Peeling away the name-calling we have experienced since we first started blogging nearly five years ago, the two most juvenile lines of attack involve those who rant and rave at us for not blogging about the issues they believe we should be addressing and those who dismiss our concerns as mere posturing or pandering.
As to the former criticism, it’s always amusing when some angry gay reader e-mails (or otherwise messages me) asking why I didn’t blog on this or that topic as have several other gay blogs. Such readers don’t realize that the answer to their attack is in the criticism itself–other gay bloggers have already addressed the issue; we try to address issues which such blogs do not consider.
As to the second, it has come most to the fore in recent days, as it seems part of the lead Democratic talking point on demonizing their adversaries, we’re just astoturf, tools of corrupt corporate interests. Indeed, just look at how one of our regular critics takes me to task:
Its amazing how Rick Scott happened to have an email of town hall sites on a nice spreadsheet isn’t it? Amazing how his hands’s keep turning up in these protests. But instead of looking into this and see how your “movement” is being used, you instead play your usual victim card and talk about how unfair it all is.
GPW have you even looked into this? Does it give you pause? Or don’t you care that you are being used by a guy who has made millions defrauding our current system?
If we applied the standards this critic uses to measure the right to the left, they would easily exceed the baseline definition for Astroturfing.
I hadn’t heard of this Rick Scott fellow until left-wing bloggers brought him up–nor would I daresay have 99% of those protesting the President’s health care plans. Most have legitimate objections to the plan, some concerned they’ll lose the coverage they now have, others aware of the problems created by increased government involvement.
In rebutting this critic, GoCon offered simply that Scott “is not using us, we are using him.” Perhaps, this guy is as corrupt as left-wingers suggest, but then, so what? Every political movement, even Mr. Obama’s, has its share of unsavory characters. And note, this guy is not running for office, just helping organize efforts to defeat a statist proposal. How would liberals react if conservatives uncovered a corrupt official on Obama’s side and attempted to define the health care overhaul proponents by him (or her)?
Are the union thugs who beat up Kenneth Gladney representative of the organized support for the President’s plan?There are unsavory characters on both sides of this debate. And some of the opponents have behaved in a boorish manner. Some have indeed exceeded the bounds of decorum and respect. But, they are just one aspect of a many-faceted movement. They don’t define it.
So far, “the only violence” has apparently been those union goons beating up a conservative activist.
So, why, I ask yet again, would left-wngers rather demonize than debate their adversaries?