I am sometimes...mean...on the internet. I'm not sure I've ever gone more than a day without making a sarcastic comment, challenging a point, or posting an ironic LOLcat when words simply fail me. It's just a part of the blogging culture, along with drinking enormous cups of coffee, having a love/hate relationship with Bill O'Reilly, and simultaneously shouting at the TV and tweeting election results. It's just what we do.
The best part about internet flame wars is that 6 hours later, nobody cares. I personally forgot all about the last flame war I was in; I made my point and moved on. (Too bad the idiot whose blog I was posting on felt the need to delete my final comment and add his own, making it look as though I had kow-towed to his superior intellect /cough and run away...) Even the really bad arguments just sort of fade to black with the advent of the next Big Stupid Thing© the government tries to pull.
On that note, I'd like to introduce you to David Jungerman: farmer, conservative, and initiator of the ultimate flame war.
...He’s not the kind of guy who posts on Twitter or has a Facebook profile.
So when the 72-year-old Raytown man wanted to speak out politically, he used what he had handy: a 45-foot-long, semi-truck box trailer.
He planted the trailer with its professionally painted message in his Bates County cornfield along heavily traveled U.S. 71 about an hour south of Kansas City. He wanted lots of people to see it.
I love it. What better way to send the left into a fit of the vapors than to flame them on your own personal property. That way, you have your say, and there's nothing anyone can do about it!
...except, of course, if arson is on the table.
That's right. In an effort to counter Jungerman's free speech, a few of those friendly, tolerant (I'm assuming) progressives slithered in in the middle of the night and torched the trailer. Twice. When that didn't shut him up, the arsonists came back and set fire to one of Jungerman's (albeit empty) homes.
The worst part about all of this is that I'm not at all surprised. Appalled, yes—but shocked? Absolutely not. Our culture is changing. The way people react to the world is changing. Michelle Malkin was dead-on when she titled her latest book Culture of Corruption. This new wave of cool presidents and Big F**king Deals© and entitlement programs for everybody and their illegal brother is dragging society down and corrupting the very way we (and I use the term “we” loosely—I know there are many of us who rise above the lemming herd) interact with one another. It explains how we got from free speech, to this:
This man has a right to do what he did, but around here some people might wonder at what point do you cross the line?
This is crossing the line? THIS IS CROSSING THE LINE? A man paints a politically charged slogan on a piece of personal property, and that is "crossing the line?" You have to wonder if the woman who made that statement (incidentally, the wife of democrat state senator Harold Caskey) was suggesting that Jungerman was asking for it. This is the same nose-in-the-air, sanctimonious crap we get every day from the left—one can only wonder how long it's going to take for someone to demand an apology from Jungerman, while aiming a flamethrower at his personal home. Your move, FASCIST SCUMBALL.
As I said, our culture is changing. Whoever burned Jungerman's trailer and house obviously snapped—and yet, this type of deviant behavior is consistently treated not as abnormal, but as a product of our environment. It's studied and explained away and in the end, the people who are hurt end up being the ones who are blamed for the whole crazy mess.
Get your property burned down by a nutcase with a grudge?
Well, maybe you should have been more sensitive to his feelings regarding political parties!
No, I will not be more sensitive to your feelings regarding political parties. No, I will not be more sensitive regarding issues of race, gender, sexuality, or economic status. No, I will not pander to your fragile little progressive brain so that I might spare you the discomfort and strain of actually having to think. I do not want to hold your hand; I want to arm wrestle.
Follow Jungerman's example. If someone burns you down, rebuild. There are idiots out there who will make it personal, cause damage, then run away and hide while the liberal talking heads spread the blame around to everyone but the actual culprit. Don't listen to them; defend, preserve, and protect what you know to be right, and forget the rest...because there's nothing more satisfying than flipping the #outrage right back on those who are incapable of firing back a coherent response.