Here’s a slightly redacted re-run from a third world county post from August ’05 that I was reminded of as the result of a recent email exchange. From simply remarking on my then non-existant comment policy, I rabbit trailed off into the ether… or did I?
[When commenting] …try to either make sense or be completely (and humorously) nonsensical when you do. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have a formal comment policy. [Well, I do now–see the left sidebar.] I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care one single solitary bit what Ã¢â‚¬Å“kindÃ¢â‚¬Â of language you use. But anything that presents itself as a serious comment but is riddled with fallacies (_1_, _2_, _3_) will be subject to mocking deconstruction (if I have time and feel like expending the effort), deleted as too assinine for public exposure or left as the commenterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s own self-parodyÃ¢â‚¬â€the deciding factor: my personal whim.
Many people exercise common sense when formulating their comments. I can appreciate that. Some exercise their sense of humor, and I can appreciate that, usually no matter how weird their sense of humor* may be. Others, and they are few indeed, actually learned in school or elsewhere how to make clear, reasoned arguments. Rare, and greatly appreciated. People I stand to learn much from.
But some just have no business even having an opinion, because they are both too ill-informed and are idiots (usually, as I have said elsewhere, self-made idiots), unable to recognize the value (or even the existence) of arguments from facts or reason, taking their preconceptual biases as fact and building a Ã¢â‚¬Å“reality-basedÃ¢â‚¬Â fantasyland of idiotarian unreason on that shaky foundation.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a scary thought: Exposure to such could almost move one to accept Margaret SangerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s arguments for eugenics. As Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Three generations of imbeciles is enough.Ã¢â‚¬Â In light of the current trend among liberalists [and most so-called “conservative” presidential candidates *sigh*], HolmesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ comment begins to have a certain appealÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
But, no. Better to remove much of the shielding preventing a Darwinist microevolution of the raceÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Get the Ã¢â‚¬Å“gummintÃ¢â‚¬Â outa the cradle-to-grave protection racket. Starve the academicians. Feed the (NON-POLITICAL) scientists. Make artistsÃ¢â‚¬â€all of Ã¢â‚¬ËœemÃ¢â‚¬â€either live or die in the marketplace (no more NEA subsidies). Castrate lawyers making their living off liability suits. No, really: castrate. A lower testosterone level will help. Let folks take responsibility for their own stupidities. Remove the heads of politicians who come up with Ã¢â‚¬Å“great societyÃ¢â‚¬Â ideas that ruin families, destroy communities and enhance their own political power. Yes, their heads. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve not been using them for any good anyway.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a big job, but these small steps toward re-introducing the idea of personal responsibility [would be a good start]. And that would put paid to the Frank Roaches, Dan Blathers, Nancy Pelosis, Teddy Kennedys, Jean Fraud sKerrys and all their ilk.
That it would eliminate many on the quasi-faux-conservative side of the coin as well would be a nice lil side benefit.
*Do note: humor is not always funny. Some of the most humorous of pieces can be dark, broody, macabre.
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