… I went out on a limb yesterday and did something I normally don’t do. I expressed an opinion I wasn’t prepared to defend.
And I got schooled for it.
I have a lot of respect for the person who did the schooling, and while the attack hurt a little, the way it was done, the reason it was done, the method chosen, were all right. He’s been a good supporter when I’ve had things go wrong in the past. He’s there with a supportive word, encouraging. Yesterday, though, I ticked him off by speaking on something that I couldn’t defend.
My political position.
I was pretty upset by the hard-left turn our country took with President-Elect Obama (my friend also pointed out that I wouldn’t write his name … which I wasn’t even aware I was doing), and while I don’t think being blasted about it is going to change my position (being demeaned and put down doesn’t change anyone’s opinion as far as I can tell, and with ideologies and politics even LESS so), reading his comment gave me a clear and laser-guided view at what’s wrong with the things I said.
Now, this all happened on deviantART, where the original journal post I made was a letter stating that I missed America and would wait for her return even though I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I invite you to see what his response was — not just to my journal entry, but to my responses to other commenters, too, right here.
He’s right, of course. I made some ignorant statements I couldn’t support. He made me realize that I said things like Obama won because of his skin color, without clarifying that i meant if a white person had run on those same statements/policies/platform/whatever, they wouldn’t have won. But that statement isn’t a fair one, and he cited people like Alan Keyes, Shirley Chisolm, Jesse Jackson and others as examples of how being black didn’t get them elected. So I’m confronted with the ignorance of my statement and made to understand that, if I’m going to say things that are inflammatory, I’d better be able to justify, defend or explain those statements.
So, I’m making my post here from yesterday private. No one further will see it. And those that did are already pissed about it if it was against their grain. And going forward, if I want to say something about politics, I’m going to be sure to do my homework first, and make sure I don’t throw things out that aren’t informed. I learned this lesson long ago, and in a moment of weakness let myself slide into emotional gibberish. Go out on a limb, and someone is bound to saw you off with the blade of fact.