Posted on | August 28, 2013 | 60 Comments
“Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. . . . He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don’t listen to him. Remember that — do not listen.”
– The Exorcist (1973)
“Facts and logic that contradict their arguments are dismissed as somehow tainted because they don’t come from reliable (i.e., leftist) sources, whereas any specimen of counter-factual lunacy is acceptable to them, so long as it supports their anti-social worldview. There is therefore no point in trying to reason with such fools.”
– Robert Stacy McCain, May 4
How did I get into this gig? Keeping watch on the Internet for outbreaks of douchebaggery was not a career I ever deliberately chose, but it seems to have become a sort of calling — a ministry — and it has gotten so that nowadays the douchebags seek me out, evidently craving my denunciation as a rite of passage. OK, whatever.
— Burkely Hermann (@burkelyh) May 4, 2013
Why did Burkely Hermann do that? I don’t know, but if he thought I’d just shrug it off, he thought wrong:
You can read the whole thing, but that was just another day at the office for me. You are never going to persuade these people that they are wrong. If they were interested in facts or amenable to reason, they wouldn’t be Commie scum, would they? So instead the points to be proven are (a) they don’t know what the hell they are talking about, and (b) anyone who shares their worldview is an idiot, too.
So today I was scrolling through my neglected e-mail:
From: Ross Pannebecker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Robert McCain <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 1:19 PM
Subject: What Part of ‘Fuck You, Commie Scum’ Is So Hard for @BurkelyH to Understand?
Dear Mr. McCain,
Why have you not responded to my previous email? Is it because you feel bad that you called a mentally disabled kid a “sociopathic cop-killer?” Is it because you feel some inkling of remorse deep down in your withered heart? I thought you conservatives were supposed to be the “party of morals;” pray tell, what is moral about making fun of autistic children?
How pathetic are you that, when someone you don’t know on the internet calls you out, you dedicate an entire article on your website to bashing them? This is not journalism. In the first part of your article, you write “Well, who is Berkley Hermann and why should anyone care?” My question to you, Mr. McCain, is “why do YOU care?”
I find it ironic that I, a person of the age of Mr. Hermann, can write something more civilized than you, someone who apparently graduated college in the mid-1990s, when Mr. Hermann and I were being born. You are a poor excuse for a journalist, and I hope you will have the decency and sense to write back, unless of course you are the coward you appear to be.
Have a nice day,
To that email I replied:
I miss a lot of e-mail, as my inbox overfloweth.
If you were a regular reader, you might understand my general habit: Some douchebag wanders into my field of online vision, and I pile onto the douchebag with all the rhetorical force I can muster. This is kind of a random process.
As to this specific instance, Howard Zinn was a Commie and Mumia is a cop-killer. These are just facts.
I called Hermann a cop-hater, not a cop-killer.
Is he indeed “mentally disabled” and afflicted with autism? Of this I was unaware. But if he wants to chastise me on Twitter and defend a Communist like Zinn, he can expect no favoritism, nor do you do him any favors by claiming victimhood on his behalf.
P.S.: I graduated from college in 1983. My oldest child is 24.
And to this, Ross replied:
So everyone who disagrees with you is a “douchebag?” Please inform me how that is condusive to level-headed political discussion. Please tell me how that does anybody any favors. You are a grown man and I would think that, in a professional setting such as your website, you would have the discretion to not throw around vulgar language willy-nilly. It makes you sound uneducated and immature, and hardly at all like a respectable journalist.
I am not claiming Mr. Hermann is a victim. He is fully aware of what he is doing. I am simply pointing out that it speaks volumes about your character that when confronted by a stranger on the internet, you think it is appropriate to spew obscenities at those you disagree with. People who do not share your views (such as myself) are not “trolls,” and to dismiss them as such cuts any chance of political discourse down to nil, thereby making you, Mr. McCain, part of the problem.
In short, try to respect your political opponents. Being a communist does not make you a bad person, any more than being a capitalist does. I would you think you would already know that, but, hey, the world is full of surprises.
Have a nice day,
P.S. the fact that you are ten years older than I thought you were only makes your actions more embarrassing and misguided.
Is this rich, or what? I must “respect . . . political opponents,” even young fools who jump into my Twitter feed to abuse me, even amoral monsters who admire Communists and cop-killers. “Being a communist does not make you a bad person,” says young Ross, evidently indifferent to the atrocities perpetrated by Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot and their various comrades in the Marxist revolutionary cause.
A Communist is the enemy of all mankind, an idolator of evil, the acolyte of a mass-murder cult. Never condescend to “debate” such creatures. No wise man debates a rabid dog.
A civilized person has no obligation of “decency” to a disrespectful punk who insults him as a “coward.” I now lament having wasted time responding privately to Ross Pannebecker, who has identified himself clearly as an enthusiastic apologist for evil.
P.S.: You misspelled “conducive.”