Friday, September 28, 2012

When the "Intelligenstia" Really Are Not That Intelligent

I love the US Constitution. I love the first amendment, especially the provision for freedom of speech. No I do not adhere to the premise that there can be too much free speech, nor do I adhere to the premise of "fighting words" or "imminent threat of harm," which can curtail free speech.  You absolutely should not judge or modify your right to speak your mind simply because there is someone out there who will riot, and cause mayhem or even murder. To curtail your rights is to give into the "haters" in society who would use our freedoms to destroy our freedoms. I for one won't do that. What I do believe in though is to fight "fire with fire."

Example:

Many of you out there have heard of Anne Coulter-Agent provocateur of the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. This is a woman who thinks Joe McCarthy was simply misunderstood. You don't have to agree with her on any subject but no one can say that she isn't part of the intelligentsia or that she is stupid. So the question you need to ask yourself is, what the heck was the following tweet all about...(that's her tweet with my response from my political profile on twitter)






The best part though, was the response I received on my timeline. While many favorited or retweeted my response, the number of trolling and disgusting replies was sadly high. I consider many of the trolls simply unfortunate human beings, and I just block them. They had small accounts, definitely used to harass and malign or upset. Profiles that claim to be part of OWS, Anonymous, anarchists or defenders of Julian Assange.

But its the "Coulter groupies" that I do chastise. And in all honesty its really not that hard to get the best of them. Ask them if they would like their child bullied? Ask them if they like that someone they love is maligned? Ask them if they are so ignorant that they can only get their point across through insult? Tell them that they are the reason that children are bullied to death in this culture.

Oh they won't accept that. They demean you even more, because heaven forbid they or their icon did something wrong But I block them after I tell them off. In all honesty an on-going chat with someone like that doesn't amount to much. They are not children who do not know better, but adults probably quite the bullies themselves. (Bullying is a major epidemic not because children are taught not to bully but because their parents give them leave to bully.)

The reality is that in the world in which we live, bullying and hate seem to be more common place and more acceptable. I don't care what side of the political aisle you live on. I have been called names by democrats (unprintable really) and demeaned by republicans as well. Sadly the use of the #Rword actually seems mild in comparison to the nastiness in the world.

But in the end I refuse to give up and refuse to accept that the world cannot be a better place. I want a world with understanding and one with respect for all people. The problem is the more I see the world as it is today, I think we are going farther and farther away from that place of respect and understanding. We are going in the opposite direction. Sad really. But I know deep down inside that I need to keep fighting, all our children's future  (aspergean and NT) depends upon it.

Until next time,



Elise