Betty, I just wanted to find time to say that I don’t think that you are being mean to me.
Sean, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you coming to my defense. And you clearly are on the Democratic side of the political spectrum, and as a consequence it is beyond me why anyone on the left would feel cause to criticize you. However, I’ve seen this kind of behavior on the right as well. It is a part of group think and regrettably is endemic to the human condition and not the province of a political slant.
Betty, the conversation about conservatives objecting to outsourcing is one half of an issue. The other half is the idea that visas should be limited that allow citizens from other countries to immigrate to our country and take jobs that American citizens in need could fill.
What I have reported to you is based on my conversations with other conservatives and Tea Party supporters, some of whom have one-to-one private face time with congressmen. Although I do not know of a legislative component of the former, a friend tells me that there was a subcommittee hearing in the last day or two in respect to looking at H1-B visas. I don’t have time to dig out the information about this, but if you wanted to badly enough you could find it.
Most of my comments do not involve self-appointed, national spokesmen for the Tea Parties or official political spokesmen for labor unions. As a conservative myself, I have conversations with ordinary people who also are conservatives. Mine is a grassroots inquiry.
YAFB, you are correct. I am more of an anarchist than you are. As a conservative, I believe in local control and low taxation. So I suppose you could say that I come down slightly on the anarchy side rather than the socialism side.
I see you managed to find the labor MP I referred to without my help, as I knew you could. You certainly don’t need an American to tell you what is splashed on half the papers in the UK. Perhaps you would argue that he is not a liberal. Frankly, my friend, I will let you fight that one out with conservative voters in the UK. I’m sure you’re a very nice guy, as every Scot I’ve met has been, and I appreciate that you have taken an interest in our political system. I hope you continue your interest, and perhaps someday I will find Scottish politics to be an interesting subject.
For the record, I like Betty. I also like Mrs. Polly. I don’t think Alan is as bad a guy as he makes out (Allen, I have been underperforming for as many years as you have.) and frankly, at the risk of being thought demented, I like Strange. I have to admit that I was a little concerned about Strange the other day when he posted a thread that consisted entirely of a huge robot chasing some guy around the room.
Because only two people posted about this enigmatic video, I almost felt a need to say something simply to support his efforts. However, I think you will all appreciate that although it takes a certain amount of courage on my part to post comments in such a hostile environment, I simply found myself with a failure of nerve when I considered trying to make something political out of that giant robot chasing some poor, hapless humanoid around the room.
I don’t follow politics as much as I used to. I actually worked really hard on some issues, and here are a some things I’ve learned that apply to all of us.
a. Unless you are addressing a politician, a staffer, or a lobbyist, it is absolutely irrelevant what you say. Screaming at other people in the living room or on the Internet never makes it to the Potomac.
b. Politics ultimately are just passing, transient phenomena that have not ultimate ontological foundation.
c. If the issue is not big enough to make the major papers or talk shows, it is purposeless politically, but sometimes makes for interesting conversations.
d. Turtles and alligators both live longer than humanoids, so we all might as well relax because we are not going to be here very long.
Although I do not share the world view of Rumproast, I enjoy the site. I think most of you are simply far center-left, with a great sense of humor, a lot of creativity, and a bad attitude. My candidate for the funniest post recently was the one about Cindy McCain. I thought it was hilarious, and I bet Cindy would have thought it was funny as well.
Comment by Amherst on 04/01/11 at 03:40 PM