Time flies by, I can't believe that I am approaching six years of posting and blogging; it's addictive and stimulating at the same time. I began this hobby when a friend of mine told me how he spent a lot of time posting on ViCad and that I should give it a try. At first I was in awe of the wealth of knowledge that I saw in everyone's postings, so it took me a long time before I had the nerve to post.
One day I just decided I was no longer going to try to be something I'm not, so I set my profile and avatar to let the readers know why I'm coming from because I just can't stand superficial. Every blogger had a niche back then; national politics(especially a liberal democrat's view) was not taken so I hit the books,newspapers, kept up with the Sunday talk shows and my new hobby was in full gear. I loved it when a conservative said" I don't agree with a lot of your points but it's nice to see what the other side thinks." Bingo, that was my objective.I make discussing economic pretty easy because unless your ideas can pass both houses,it's pretty worthless.
Yesterday, I had a lot of time on my hands up so I started reading some of the older posts of the week. It was disturbing to read BigJ's post advising a relatively new blogger,Bob Munoz, that he was being called a racist on another site. I verified the info by going to that website and rereading Bob's blog. That's a crock,Bob Munoz is a credible, articulate, nice man with a point of view and he should be able to express without a frivolous racist label being placed on him. I have written several similar statements that are on his blog. I defy anyone to point out the racist words embedded in his blog. Everything he wrote in that particular blog can be heard or are seen or read in the media. I will repeat them, Marco Rubio does not appeal to Mexican-Americans or Puerto Ricans. Cuban- Americans are very different, culturally and politically. That's not racist; it's documented fact. I don't do a lot of e-mailing unless something is weighing on my mind but I will not sit idly by and watch another credible blogger leave the forum ,due to a blatant lie. I'm going to make him aware that intimidation will be used from time to time and he should consider the source. I'll also provide him with some examples. He's a churchgoing family man ,so I'll wait until later this afternoon. Character assassination without proof is another pet peeve of mine.
I give as well I take ,so I'm fair game and I don't usually get involved in on-line squabbles because like a martial spat,that worm can turn and I will become the bad guy. Politics by it's very nature is always controversial and it would perfectly acceptable to call Bob Munoz a partisan but provide the proof if you are going to call him a racist.I willing to bet the proof will never appear.
Over at the VA,if I'm unfamiliar with a poster ,I will look at their comment history before I engage with them because I like to know who I'm dealing with. There are several on my "do not engage" list because nothing productive will ever come from it.