I got into a pissing contest with a self-proclaimed Conservative (notice the capital “C”) on Facebook the other day, regarding the use of the word “themselves”. You see, a good friend of mine, someone I respect more than he’ll ever know, posted a thought-provoking quote by John Lennon on his Facebook wall. I point out the respect I have for my friend because though our political opinions sometimes differ (not all the time), I am always willing to listen and keep an open mind to what he says. He is articulate, well-educated, and can very clearly and concisely express what he wants to say.
At least I think he’s well-educated. I mean, I’ve never looked up his credentials, nor asked him specifically what level of education he’s completed. I don’t make it a habit, honestly. I just know when something is really, really wrong.
Which brings us to the dunderhead in question and said pissing contest. After some thinly veiled, snide remarks to my friend, the dunderhead posted this:
Libertarians are a lot closer to Conservatism then they are to the blue-blood borderline-liberals who call their selfs Republicans. Bush was somewhere in the mix, but he definately was not a Conservative.
Nails. On. A. Chalk. Board.
Why?? Why can’t otherwise intelligent, perhaps even educated people bother to use the English language properly? We are such an arrogant a nation as to demand that immigrants “learn the language”, when we can’t use it ourselves! Who is going to teach it?
I will admit, I dropped my elitist pinkie for just a moment, got down into the mud and asked “Why can’t Conservatives spell or use proper grammar? Because generalizations suck.” Now, before certain right side only panties get in a bunch, let me clarify. I DO NOT believe that improper grammar is a “Conservative” issue. And “generalizations suck” was supposed to be ironic, considering I was generalizing…oh, you get it!
Well, Mr. Dunderhead didn’t, got the right side of his jockeys in a bunch (ouch!) and responded by “correcting” “their selfs” to “them selfs” and telling me that “Because generalizations suck.” isn’t a sentence either! Then he accused me of being overly eager to vote for Obama and called me a “liberal elites….snobs….looking down their noses”
So truly, this is the problem in America. If you have an education, you’re an elitist snob. If you don’t have an education, but actually respect yourself enough to sound like you do, you’re an elitist snob. When did education become a bad thing? When did an education mean you’re a LIBERAL??
I do have to praise my friend (I’ll call him “Bob”). He never got into it, never responded, never took sides. I laughed it off and told the guy to have a nice day after he went all ape-shit ballistic and CAPS LOCK on my sorry ass. (Double ouch!)
Hey, people. I will admit it. I use spell-check. I have a nifty program called Ginger to check my grammar. I have called my 9th grader to ask about the proper use of commas in a list of items. I’m not perfect. But I can speak properly. I call it self respect. :deep breath…steps down off soap box:
The irony of ironies? This was the John Lennon quote.
When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you: pull your beard, flick your face to make you fight. Because once they get you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.
And now this high school-educated, $35,000 a year earning, elitist snob is calling it a day. Thanks again for visiting.
P.S. A nickel to anyone who can tell me how many errors in Mr. Dunderhead’s quote.
P.P.S. Peace out, “Bob”. You rock.