Meade wrote:3. Yes, yes, okay.
4. I do.
Okay, I guess I should thank you for being honest.Original question
and Meade's response
:Are you seriously suggesting that any Bostonian, whatever their politics, would not be insulted by Bell's remark? YesAre you really that stupid? YesHow about you volunteer to go to Boston and stand on a corner with Bell's tweet on a sign...? OkayConfirm that you think it is appropriate...to insult some Bostonians, based on their political and/or ideological identification? I do
I look forward to the news reports from when you go to Boston with that sign. Make sure and let us know when you're headed East.
The majority of my immediate circle of friends and family members are varying degrees of conservative. I took the liberty of sharing Bell's tweet and your responses with several of them: Walker supporting, union trashing, Obama detesting, gun owning - you know...ostensibly your type of people.
All of them, without ambiguity or exception found Bell's comment repellent and your unapologetic support of it reprehensible.
Meade, these are people who, on a different day, would be your political allies. My conversations with them have persuaded me of the difference - they recognize the common humanity they share with Bostonians, even the liberal ones. They all said something to the effect that this week, Boston, was not the time/place for that kind of pettiness.
I understand that I will not persuade you, Meade. And I understand that the internet magnifies these sorts of divisive communications. My conservative friends and family are nice people who I know and care for, and where politics is only marginally relevant to our relationship - of course we had a civil conversation. And you are just some anonymous internet schmoe - of course it's easier to just take shots and define our exchange in the sharpest political terms possible.
I sincerely hope that you are just an amoral troll - a contrarian provocateur merely seeking to elicit an emotional reaction for your personal entertainment value. Consider yourself entertained. I've been thinking all night that no one with a moral compass could actually mean what you said.
But I fear that you do. I hope it's not entirely futile to ask you to think deeply about that. Please consider having more compassion for the people of Boston - all of them. If that is beyond you, then you have my pity.