I see his comments all over including the Union and some other lefty blogs. But I guess I must have intimidated him into silence. I have found that liberals only want to hear from other liberals and whenever there is contra input they clam up and hide. Of course his blog has very few commenter's even from the left and now I understand why. Here is a copy/paste of his decision to remove himself from his own blog because I dared to post there. What a hoot!
This has been interesting and fun and kind of compelling in a way. But it’s clear to me by now that we are unlikely ever to agree in any meaningful way on any economic or political matter.
So, I hope you’ll understand and not be offended by the following:
I’ve decided, because I truly have some other chores that I should be spending my time on (like splitting wood for winter, which is coming on soon), that I’m going to refrain as much as possible from getting into discussions with you about political and economic matters any more.
We have been pleasing ourselves each with the sound of our own words and the shape of our own ideas, but neither of us has — or will — change in any way in these areas, I suspect.
That’s actually quite fine with me. These are only political and economic ideas after all. And, as such, they are not the most important issues between human beings. I accept that I could be wrong in any of those ideas. That wouldn’t be the end of the world.
I bet if we explored it, we might find that we have in common more important and more basic values, like family, love of country, military experience, love of this region, hobbies, disciplines, talents, etc.
I have two older brothers who have been and continue to be lifelong Republicans. There is almost nothing in the economic and political realm that we agree on, but I would give my life for either of them in a minute if it was necessary.
So, I understand first-hand that there are more important things in life that draw us together (while political discussions tend to drive us apart).
We have a lot of neighbors with whom we also do not share any economic or political beliefs, but we would risk a lot — for instance — to help save their homes from fire, as I know they would for us.
I worked for 30 years at Stanford (as a systems programmer and network engineer) and my wife (to whom I’ve been married for almost 50 years) worked 40 years there before we retired a few years ago to a house we built here over 20 years ago on land we bought nearly 40 years ago. We have wonderful grown children who are fine upstanding and sober hardworking citizens. And we have grandchildren who are being raised the same way.
In all that, I’m betting we could find a lot in common that transcends these mere economic and political ideas.
So, I wish you well, and I want you to feel free to keep commenting here in various Sierra Voices threads if you wish, but I probably won’t be joining much in the conversation, at least not on economic and political matters, because they kinda take me over!
Now understand I was not combative at all. So another liberal bites the dust in the land of conversation.
This is the link to is site if you don't believe me.