annatar1914 wrote:@The Resister , it may come as a surprise to you that I have a pretty low opinion of mankind in general, I do not believe in any ''Enlightenment'' era myths about their natural goodness and all that. But I do believe that God loves Mankind and transforms them to conform more to His Image and likeness, and that there are no evil scum who do not have some light and goodness within them, nor good honest folk who do not have dark corners in their souls.
Perhaps, just maybe, you should be a little more patient and understanding and diplomatic with people who disagree with you online. Especially as a practical matter of ''winning friends and influencing people''. I mean, it would be nice to have more agreement, right? And perhaps a little tweeking and modification of thoughts and ideas where you find it necessary?
Otherwise, you run the slight risk, very slightly perhaps, of coming off as an angry old crank, someone merely venting their spleen and spite at the whole world behind a veneer of political and philosophical and theological bric-a-brac. I say that because I know for a fact that some on PoFo think EXACTLY that way...
About ME. Rightly or wrongly. Usually I post on a single thread I made myself with my thoughts and observations, people are free to chime in, some do. Most don't.
Consider how that might apply to you, if it does, just a consideration.
I've found it difficult to post here because you have daily posters that don't read the thread and make the most outrageous statements that I've ever heard. Despite all I've typed, the trolls infer that I'm a racist, liberal, conservative, fascist, Neo-confederate, anarchist, etc., etc. all in one. What I'm am here is fed up with a few of the nutjobs that come here more for amusement than to have a serious conversation. Had it not been for the B.S. lies, I'd probably made a hasty retreat.
With my experience, I too have a low opinion of mankind. OTOH, while all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, there are a few (albeit precious few) that see a hope for tomorrow. Tytler's Cycles of History demonstrate that what I believe in will eventually be on the radar and we will see the end of this screwed up cycle.
It is unfortunate that people are lumped into conservative versus liberal; right versus left; Democrat versus Republican versus Libertarian. As this thread has shown, most Americans want to lump the other guy into some kind of category as if we all belong in some freaking gang, unable to think for ourselves. The people who claim to be the most open minded are the worst bigots in the bunch. That was what necessitated The Charter and Proclamation of the Rights of Man. the people that did contribute to it represented a good cross section of America. Oddly, the lone neo-confederate, who was the most vocal during the drafting stages, disappeared without a word when The Charter was completed.
We cannot right all the wrongs from history. What we can do is to start today and figure out what we feel IS the path to be followed. America sits on a powder keg with the Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other. IMO, NEITHER
side is worthy of leading and the divisiveness will have to come to a head at some point. Between the pandemic, foreign relations, immigration, the federal deficit, and this unending divisive atmosphere, this country will devolve into civil chaos. I'm reluctant to say we would go into a civil war. The country lacks soldiers and leaders. What we will end up with is a tyrannical government declaring Martial Law in order to restore order. At that point, my efforts to get people behind The Charter will be moot - for a while. And then, they will look for a different answer. If the best we can do is Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Nancy Pelosi, Marco Rubio, Adam Schiff, Liz Cheney, OTC, Mitch McConnell, etc., etc. and that is the cream of the crop, then we're screwed. And if Barry Dunham, OTC, Bernie Sanders, Maxine Waters, etc. are not socialist enough for you, then bear in mind that all those guys on the right - like the Tea Party crowd and Trumpers are NOT
constitutionalists and would never be able to lead this country.
I'm for ditching the status quo, seeing what the Constitution means, if anything, and building something for the future while I still have some fight in me.