from Proud Liberal
Independent did say some good things. He is a very intelligent man. If only John had heeded the suggestion for greater regulation of cafe comments you would have been eliminated long ago and we could have avoided all this confrontation.
As far insulting however, I disagree with Independent. As the saying goes, “if the shoe fits wear it”–and in my criticism of you, the shoe fits perfectly so why mince words? For political correctedness sake?? I don’t think so. Your comments have been rude, dishonest, manipulative, child-like, and bizarre in nature and style, so I have said so. Call it an insult, I call it the truth.
You have wrongly gone after every contributor here including administator who does his best to run a decent website (another area in which I disagree with Indie). The cafe may not be perfect and we may not all agree all the time, but the level discourse you have brought here has sunk it to a new low. Your comments are destructive and they contribute nothing of substance. I think that Independent would agree with this. Again, you may call it an insult, I call it as it is.
Obviously you have some knowledge of the political process and if you weren’t so angry and child-like you could be a huge resource, but instead you come to the cafe for your own self-aggrandizement. It’s as if by degrading other people, you feel better about yourself. My advice to you is to not stoop to such a level. First, no one buys it and second, you deserve better.
Do you think that we are all so dumb as to not have figured out who you are. The politics in Woodstock run a lot deeper than just the Republican party. John is quite correct. Many people do visit this site, many people do talk about it, and many people are friends and neighbors with people of different political affiliations. People may deny it, but don’t be fooled, they read the cafe. Its a small town and people love to talk. Its not as if we are in a Charlie “Chaplin” movie.
The danger you create for the RTC, its reputation, as well as for their November candidates is lethal. The RTC seems to have worked very hard in the last year to moderate their positions (another thing I disagree with Indie on). Their new platform was very moderate and very sensitive to all of the town’s issues and not just special interests. It was a great thing for them to have the support of John and his PAC. They even went so far as to support a liberal Democratic candidate Dick Cass in a newspaper ad because it was best for the town. So when you come here, notably a Republican of higher standing, all full of vile and hate, you do the RTC and the town no good.
Change your demeanor and things will go easier for you. Learn to moderate and accept different opinions for what they are. Argue on the merit of your position, not on the flaws of someone else’s. Use rhetoric that is fair, pragmatic, and logical, not hateful, condescending, and manipulative. Cut the name calling, the harping, and the rants, and start complementing and compromising.
You can do it. You are a smart man. Don’t belittle yourself with anger. We can all get along and move in positive direction. No one here puts their political party, their liberalism, or their conservatism before their own self respect and the respect for others, unless they come here for all the wrong reasons–and if you pay attention long enough, they don’t last.