Saturday, August 14, 2010
Patriots vs. Loyalists plus the Snark of the Week
I have a new column up at WorldNetDaily.com entitled "Licking the Hands which Feed You." I got the idea for this column from my friend Enola Gay, who wrote a blog post on the subject.
Most of the feedback I received on this piece was positive, but as usual someone had to disagree. I received the following extremely succinct email from an anonymous reader (by "anonymous," I will assume this person didn't have the courage to sign his name):
“You are nuts."
Unable to let such a brilliant and well-thought-out email go unanswered, I replied:
"Thank you. It's very kind of you to say so."
Apparently offended that I wasn’t offended, he came back with this gem:
“Well, I should have said you're ignorant. It is obvious from your writing that you really have no idea what socialism is or what it is that socialist believes. Basically you are a pseudo-intellectual with a little knowledge and you know what they say about a little knowledge. I suggest you go back to school and study economics. A very wise teacher once said that if a woman is a fool and knows that she is a fool, she is a wise woman. If a woman is a fool and knows not that she is a fool, she is an idiot and should be shunned.”
Funny, I thought I had a fairly sound grasp of socialism and its evil results. Having co-owned a business for seventeen years, I also flatter myself that I have a fair grasp of free-market economics as well.
In other words, I hit a little too close to home for this reader's comfort using Enola's distinction between Patriots and Loyalists. Methinks he is a Loyalist. The way I see it, you know you’re winning an argument if your accuser descends into name calling, such as suggesting that women are idiots and intellectually inferior.
Therefore I will take this fellow's suggestion and shun him. However, that doesn't mean you, my beloved readers, can't open fire (hint hint). Let 'er rip!