StartLoving3: Liberal?

I was recently blocked by a YouTube user (StartLoving3). I was surprised because I was subscribed to the person’s channel and enjoyed all the videos they posted. The video I had commented on was about WikiLeaks. I pointed out that I hadn’t heard any evidence that anyone had actually died because of the data released and StartLoving3 was outraged that I was defending the freedom of the press. I don’t always state my comments on YouTube in the kindest way, but in this incident I stated my comment very simply and without attacking. Another commenter even complimented on how fair my comment was.

StartLoving3 was so annoyed at my comment that he responded after blocking me. David Duke did that to me on his YouTube channel, but David Duke is a white supremacist. I expect white supremacists to act like cowards and run away from intelligent debate, but I hold liberals up to a higher standard. Going by the videos on StartLoving3’s channel, he seems to be as liberal as one can get. But, obviously, he isn’t my kind of liberal. His irritation at my comment (and maybe at the other commenter’s liking my comment) led him to take the video down entirely. It wasn’t enough to just censor my future comments. He had to erase my presence entirely.

I decided to send a message to StartLoving3, but I don’t think he’d receive it as he has blocked me. So, I thought I’d share it here.

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I was just visiting your YouTube page. I was wondering what type of person blocks another for making a point about the facts. Every video you post is exactly what I enjoy watching. We probably agree on 99.99999% of issues and yet you blocked me because you were hyper-sensitive about that 0.00001% of disagreement.

I always defend liberals as being better than conservatives. I often criticize right-wingers because they tend to block out what they don’t want to hear, but it isn’t what I expect from a liberal. I think of liberals as people who are always willing to listen to facts, always willing to try to understand. I made a rational argument based on facts. I asked for evidence and you blocked me.

That is the type of thing I expect from an anti-intellectual right-winger but not a true liberal. What gives? It truly bewilders me. How are you making the world a better place by shutting down dialogue? How are you any better than those you disagree with?

You seem like someone who cares which is why I feel so surprised. Right-wingers often shut out opinions they disagree with and facts they don’t like because they’re stuck in an ideology reality tunnel. I realize some liberals, even if not the majority, can get stuck in ideology as well. Is that what you see your role as? Being an ideologue?

If people like you shut out and attack those who agree with 99.99999% of what you believe, then what hope is there? Does every person have to agree with you 100% or else you think they’re worthless? They just seem like a very liberal attitude? Could you imagine a world where you only ever heard viewpoints that you already agreed with?

I honestly must admit you’ve shaken my faith in liberals. I always thought liberals were better than the kind of behavior your demonstrating. I thought the one thing that distinguished liberals was that we don’t hide in ideology. Am I wrong about liberalism? Is the type of world you want to create one where people can’t have intelligent discussion and possibly learn something new by hearing a different perspective?

I was just visiting your YouTube page. I was wondering what type of person blocks another for making a point about the facts. Every video you post is exactly what I enjoy watching. We probably agree on 99.99999% of issues and yet you blocked me because you were hyper-sensitive about that 0.00001% of disagreement.

I always defend liberals as being better than conservatives. I often criticize right-wingers because they tend to block out what they don’t want to hear, but it isn’t what I expect from a liberal. I think of liberals as people who are always willing to listen to facts, always willing to try to understand. I made a rational argument based on facts. I asked for evidence and you blocked me.

That is the type of thing I expect from an anti-intellectual right-winger but not a true liberal. What gives? It truly bewilders me. How are you making the world a better place by shutting down dialogue? How are you any better than those you disagree with?

You seem like someone who cares which is why I feel so surprised. Right-wingers often shut out opinions they disagree with and facts they don’t like because they’re stuck in an ideology reality tunnel. I realize some liberals, even if not the majority, can get stuck in ideology as well. Is that what you see your role as? Being an ideologue?

If people like you shut out and attack those who agree with 99.99999% of what you believe, then what hope is there? Does every person have to agree with you 100% or else you think they’re worthless? They just seem like a very liberal attitude? Could you imagine a world where you only ever heard viewpoints that you already agreed with?

I honestly must admit you’ve somewhat shaken my faith in liberals. I always thought liberals were better than the kind of behavior your demonstrating. I thought the one thing that distinguished liberals was that we don’t hide in ideology. Am I wrong about liberalism? Is the type of world you want to create one where people can’t have intelligent discussion and possibly learn something new by hearing a different perspective?

Ann Coulter: Is she really that ignorant and bigoted?

I just watched about 20 random videos of Ann Coulter on Youtube.  That was the first time I’ve watched her for any extensive period of time.

I’m not sure what I was expecting, but she was highly disappointing.  Her comments weren’t intelligent or even funny.  She just constantly repeated the same few ideological statements, and whenever she tried to back up her claims with facts it was just silly.  She seemed quite ignorant about the basic issues of politics and religion.  Furthermore, she was incapable of separating her opinions about an issue from the issue itself.  The truth of everything she said was simply obvious to her and she usually refused to even try to rationally explain most of her opinions.  In every show she was on, she made everyone else look smart.

I really can’t comprehend why anyone would take her seriously.  I watched an interview she did with Bill O’Reilly and even he didn’t seem to have much respect for her.  I realize she in some ways is purposely acting like a buffoon, but most of the time it does seem like she actually thinks her loony statements are somehow reasonable.  Also, her views on Christianity are straight out of the most ignorant Bible Belt sub-culture and she apparently believes that the majority of Christians are Fundamentalist extremists.

I could forgive all of this if she were entertaining, but at best she is simply an annoying ideologue.  Her opinions weren’t even that interesting in the way someone like Glenn Beck is interesting, and her accusations were mostly just empty claims and childish taunts.  Maybe her writing is more entertaining, but her tv appearances don’t go beyond ignorant superficialities and stereotypes.

I find it quite scary that someone like her gets so much attention on mainstream media.  It’s a truly sad state of affairs that anyone thinks her opinions are worthy of even the time it takes to dismiss them.  I was considering posting some of the videos and analyzing them, but then I realized there was no point.  It’s easy for an ideologue like her to throw off soundbite accusations which lack any real substance.  However, to try to rationally dissect every instance of looniness would be an endless project.

For example, I could make an argument about Christianity which would put into context her religious ideology, but it doesn’t change anything.  Religious fanatics are religious fanatics.  What more can be said?  Who cares what ignorant religious extremists believe?  I don’t see much difference between her and an Islamic fundamentalist.  She says that the world would be better if it was forced to convert to her narrow vision of Christianity and she seems to think that tolerance for differences is undesirable.  It’s easy to laugh at her stupidity, but Christian extremists are as dangerous as Islamic extremists.  Anyone who pays attention to ideologically motivated violence in the US will notice that most of it is committed by Christian extremists.

I spent a couple hours listening to her and I didn’t gain much insight from it.  According to her, the ideal world would be a Republican theocracy where everyone was patriotic and dissent didn’t exist.  All I can say is that she is living in the wrong country if that is what she truly wants.  Her hatred and bigotry for everything different from her was more than obvious.  She certainly didn’t try hide it.  I accept that she is free to believe and say whatever she wants, but someone please explain to me why the mainstream media thinks the average American wants to hear such ignorance.  Is this kind of inane ranting actually considered worthwhile public debate!?!