Originally posted by FMF
Apparently I am a "proven" liar. But the people who say so are never specific. Are they lying do you think?
I don't think you lie, so far as it goes.
What I do think you do is lie in wait for people whom you'd like to show up to say something completely innocuous that you can pounce on. Then, you take great delight in stretching the meanings of their points to the extent necessary for your aims and then tearing them apart, limb from limb.
You use your considerable oratory and vocabulary skills, not to shore up your points or to really try to convince anyone of anything, but to do your utmost to embarrass your target, whomever that may be at the moment. You generally do so when your target has posted something half in jest or completely tangential, so that you can have the most carelessly put forth target to attack. If you insult someone or offend them or make them feel bad in the process, you couldn't care less.
I'm no psychoanalyst, but to me it seems like a possibly narcissistic desire to extol your own self and achieve self-aggrandizement by proving that you can defeat another in argument by making that person look bad. The grounds or issues are virtually irrelevant in many cases.
Time for a little introspection:
There are at least a half dozen regular posters that are nastier than you are from a language and ad hominem attack perspective. You are clearly among the more intelligent posters here. Your politics are left wing to be sure, but certainly not the most extreme on the board (scherzo makes you look like a Zionist ditto-head- no offense intended to either of you; then again, scherzo does that to most people
). So, why do you suppose it is that you can't avoid getting into these bloody knock-down, drag 'em out fights every so often?
I'm not talking about with whodey or Generallissimo or utherpendragon. Your conflicts with them might be explainable by political differences. But, how about your recent blood feuds with Scriabin and No1Maurauder? Both of them are proudly left wing politically. Both of them are probably pretty similar politically to you in many ways. And, yet they've both attacked you in the last few weeks with more vitriol than Generalissimo ever has.
Is it them? Are they crazy? Are all the people that you've gotten into these nasty fights with crazy?
Bash me if you like. I'm ready. But maybe, just maybe, something of what I say will seep in at some level and a new, kinder, gentler FMF will be born from the ashes of the phoenix once roasted by our DC lawyer for 6 straight pages on one thread.
Okay, so I suck at metaphors. But, to borrow a phrase from the most spectacular GOP Presidential candidate flameout in history, in your heart, you know I'm right.