I have been writing a whole lot of text into the blog for 6 months or so, and my essay style entries have been of some interest to readers. I have had people complain about what I have written, but they always complained in full paragraphs and with real ideas. My recent series of posts analyzing Sheila Simon's lightweight mayor platform has brought a new sequence of comments that is interesting and I thought I would share it with you.
So, I write a couple of page essay about some topic that I think is interesting. There is a comment that has paragraphs that I write another page of stuff in response. Then I start getting comments from the language lawyers. They pull out one sentence from the 4 pages (or so) I have written and complain that I'm wrong because of that one sentence.
The interesting thing is that with the exception of nitpicking, the pro-Sheila commenter's don't seem to be able to defend her platform very well. Facts, details and meaningful analysis seem to be lost. I'm sure at some point these people wrote paragraphs with details, but they seem to have lost the ability to here.
I will grant you that my posts about Sheila's ideas are direct and hard, but people who run on a platform of attacks and usurping their opponent's accomplishments, while trying to frame themselves as ethical, should be expecting a little flack.
I suppose one of the reasons that John Kerry and Paul Simon before him, lost their run at the White House is because Senators have no real accomplishments. The main problem that Sheila has is just that, she has done nothing so far beyond being one of seven voting on Brad's accomplishments. Four years ago, Brad and Maggie had the same problem, but because they weren't running against a sitting mayor it balanced out. Today, we have one person with accomplishments and one person who wished they had some in the mayor's race. Makes for an interesting problem for Ms. Simon doesn't it?
I have decided answering one line "snips" of my blog entries is a waste of my time, so I'm going to stop publishing them. Of course, if they have a point that is interesting I will put them up. I like the idea that to appear here you have to write paragraphs and I think that is why people choose to spend their time reading my rants.
Your comments are welcome, assuming that you can do something better then quote one line I wrote and complain about it.