|Please keep in mind that your reality may not be somebody else's. We all interpret the world through our senses, past experiences, prejudices, preferences, and so on. Just to give a concrete example: I can clearly (in my mind) distinguish various hues of red, yellow, and orange, but my husband cannot. My "reality" is that strawberries and oranges are of different colors; hubby's "reality" is that they are exactly the same color. I imagine Jamie sees both in yet another way. Does that make any one of us "right", and the others "wrong"?
I understand your example, and I agree...who's to say what's right and what's wrong?
But the initial post I made said NOTHING about Bush. Halliburton and Bush came in later, and not by me. So maybe, what happened was that someone took a poke at a time when I was fed up about the partisan bickering, and I responded. Did I respond too harshly? No more so than many others who've gotten to say that republicans are (add your stereotype here) without someone saying "hey, let's not get into a flame war."
Considering the pm's I've received from people who've told me they've stopped posting here because of the Bush bashing that went on, or because their views were denegrated, and considering the pm's I've received saying "well done; 'bout time someone stood up and said something," I'd say that there is a significant portion of people who've stopped posting because flames were sent in their direction, and those flamers who weren't told "hey, we're gonna have a flame war, play nice."
That's what I'm talking about, Trish. I completely understand (and respect) differences when they are brought to the table in rational discourse and respectful disagreement. I have a limit on what I will tolerate at times, and that limit also changes at times. In no way was I flaming, or initiating a Bush bash flame war. I spoke my mind - which, in regards to this, happens to be strongly in favor of Bush; and why is that bad, anyway? Why is it inappropriate to voice my support for the President of the United States? Why would that instigate a flame war?
Trish, I really do understand others' opinions. I don't appreciate someone intentionally changing/misquoting my post to reflect something that wasn't even there, seemingly without reason, and expressing derisive umbrage, utterly unjustified as it wasn't even something I wrote. Furthermore, I don't believe that a smiley can take away the intent of a post. I could say "Joe is a raging A****le"
and I'm still saying what Joe is...a smiley is NOT a pass to hide behind, to later turn and say "hey, I didn't say Joe was an A****le, didn'tcha see my winkie?".
I'm tired of the same old song, so I sung a different one. If my supporting President Bush is offensive, then so be it. But I will always stand up for what I believe...always.