Go Ahead And Shoot At Me (Time.com)

Swampland: A blog about politics in the nation’s capital

Posted by Mudcat

I woke up this morning and was going to start my stint as a guest correspondent by trying to kick up a dialogue on how my people in rural America are getting screwed into the stone ages. As an inexperienced blogger (I think this is the third time I’ve posted anything), I thought it prudent to get some tips from the Time staff on what I should be doing. They told me I could write anything I wanted, but I should keep my eye on the site and watch the conversation going on at the time of a post and weigh in.

Well, that’s what I’m going to do…weigh in on the current conversation. I’ve got all week to talk about how Republicans take the rural and southern vote for granted in national elections and how the Democrats, for some insane reason, let’em have it.

I have bitched and moaned for years about the lack of tolerance in the elitist wing of the Democratic Party, or what I refer to as the “Metropolitan Opera Wing”. These are the people who talk of tolerance but the only true tolerance they ever exhibit is for their own pseudo-intellectual arrogance.

If you want a perfect example of how this “intolerance” is helping the Democrats lose national elections, check out the responses to Joe Klein’s post on Paris and Libby. To be clear, I have no problem with incivility. After all, I’m in the political business. However, as a pilgrim in the blogosphere, I thought blogging was for exchange of ideas, not personal attacks. Like his post or not, Klein in no way compromised the integrity of the fourth estate. This was not a news story. He was simply stating his opinion. Unless fourth estate integrity has been compromised, there is no rationale for calling him a “jackass”, “fool”, or “elite white guy”.

I am certain I will get personally attacked for this next statement, but in all honesty, I don’t care what the “Metropolitan Wing” of my party thinks. I don’t like them. The damage the pseudo-intellectuals have done to my party by abandoning tolerance, combined with their erroneous stereotyping of my people and culture, is something that brings out my incivility. In his column, Joe said, “…the smart stuff is being drowned out by a fierce, bullying, often witless tone of intolerance that has overtaken the left-wing sector of the blogosphere.” Amen. I must add that this same intellectual arrogance and intolerance overtook the party years ago, and for that very reason, my people in rural America left the tent.

So to those bloggers who believe in a straight-forward dialogue and exchange of ideas, God bless you and thank you. Together, you’re coming up with a lot of good stuff, and frankly, much of it has been helpful to me. At the same time, those Democratic bloggers, who have appointed themselves as intellectually superior and believe the only way to win an argument is to shot the loudest with personal attacks, you can go to Hell. Intellectually superior? The truth is these people remind me of the guy who told so many people he had a horse that he finally went and bought a saddle. The “incivility” in their tones tell me they would be much more happy following “pro rasslin” than the political blogs.

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