I had a run-in, if you want to call it that, with a good friend, via e-mail. She is an inveterate political junkie and she sent me an e-mail that that contained a post by Paul Craig Roberts that referred to America as “amerika” and the journalists as “presstitutes”. When I took exception to the tone of Roberts’ post and wrote that using words like that contributed nothing to my education, she took offense and said that I was full of “venomous” anger. The exchange ended with her promising to remove my name from the list of people she sends e-mail to since “who knows what kind of a nerve i’ll hit next time…hardly worth the reaction…”
I think I’ll go read Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer again. There is no getting between the truth as true believers see it and any alternative interpretation of events, it seems. I’m sick and tired of partisanship, hatred and bigotry and it seems as though that is all I encounter wherever I go these days.