I didn’t feel much feeling like blogging yesterday. Fortunately, I chanced on one blog post and one column which, I believed, well addressed some of the problems of the day, decided to excerpt them and so provide fresh content for you, our readers. George Will’s column provided a nice synopsis of the situation in Wisconsin. While I found mosth of his material to be insightful and enlightening, I chose to quote only one paragraph because, I believe, it zeroed in on the problems posed when public employee unions’ politick.
Unfortunately, instead of addressing the concerns George Will raised (and with which I, by quoting, sympathized, our critics (well, all but one initially) who chose to chime in in the comment thread, refrained from addressing his point. They weren’t interested in taking issue with his argument showing perhaps why there is no conflict of interest posed by public employee unions providing political assistance to those they are electing to, among other things, set their salaries.
They ignored his concern and instead focused their attacks on us, Governor Walker, George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and a number of other individuals and institution from the standard left-wing catalogue of approved demons. And at least one woman misrepresented the facts.
Instead of addressing they point of the post, all the critics save Cas (and later aj), responded either by repeating the standard liberal talking points on Wisconsin or by hurling insults. Now, I won’t defend those more supportive of my views for responding to ad hominem with ad hominem. Indeed, I have criticized them for such language in the past and do so again now.
They, however, are not the bloggers here.
And here we have a thread with, as I write this, have well over 100 comments and only two critics saw fit to engage us on the arguments we make (or, in the case, the arguments we endorse). (Do hope Cas and aj keeping coming back and continuing to engage us.) Those others visit our blog on a regular basis, often chiming in within moments of the post going up and yet only show contempt for our ideas and animus toward us. If our ideas are so contemptuous and we so vile, why then spend so much time on our blog?
I know I’ve said similar things before. I’m just trying to fathom why people would spend so much time on a blog and be so little interested in the bloggers’ ideas.
It’s almost like someone who rushes to see the latest flick featuring Ben Affleck so he can complain, after watching the film what a lousy actor the guy is, a mere celebrity without charisma or screen presence. Well, there is a difference there are not (thankfully) daily releases of Mr. Affleck’s films. And we do try to provide fresh content on a regular basis.
You don’t have to go to see Ben Affleck movies. You don’t have to read this blog, but if you do, if you spend so much time here, why can’t you do as Cas and aj have done, at least in that thread, and debate the merits of the ideas we put forward, the issues we consider?