Some guy named John Keegan from Missoula posted on my my Facebook page that our nation’s founders only supported freedom for “wealthy white Christian male slave owners.”
That’s a bit of an oversimplification, I responded. Some of our founders opposed slavery and never owned slaves. Thomas Jefferson was a staunch defender of religious freedom, successfully fought against including the word “God” in the Constitution, and — as hypocritical and contradictory as it may seem — he spoke against slavery and hoped the use of the phrase “All men are created equal” in the Declaration of Independence might someday help resolve the issue of slavery.
(He also said the notion of men being “created” can’t be true, because there is no god to create men. I agree there’s no god. But people are created. I certainly helped create my son — or perhaps the mailman did — but regardless, he was created. Our founders seemed smart enough to leave some interpretations up to individuals.)
Here’s something our founders did: They left us a Constitution providing the methods and means to change things — a document capable of being amended, adapted and reinterpreted to different times, beliefs and attitudes — and at least let us strive to advance the notions of freedom and equality for all.
He said my statements were based on “propaganda” and “myth” and I should open my mind.
I told him my statements were based on historical documents, research, and the writings of our founders and others, and suggested that perhaps his statements might be propaganda and myth, and he should consider my views with an open mind.
He accused me of being “rude.” I said I was responding in kind to mirror his rude comments and just trying to have a rationale discussion.
He said his comments weren’t rude because they were “true,” but I was being a “rude asshole,” and my “stupidity” didn’t surprise him considering I was “from Darby.”
I explained that, though I once lived in Darby many years ago, I am from Connecticut and live in Missoula. I also stated that not everyone from Darby is the same. There’s a diversity of people there. Some are actually good, smart people.
He accused me of making fun of a guy for wearing makeup. Not true. In fact, I deleted a comment on my page from a guy who made fun of someone who wears makeup. But truth and facts apparently don’t matter to Keegan. Like many in today’s world, he resorted to fabricated personal attacks to compensate for his insecurities and inability to intelligently debate issues.
I suspect he suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He was definitely incapable of recognizing that many of his statements and accusations were reflections of himself. Even when I “mirrored” his thoughts, he responded, “Don’t you have anything original to say?”
Then he called me a “stupid, simple-minded ignorant asshole” and blocked me.
Such ignorance and arrogance, lack of critical thinking skills, and inability to engage in civil, respectful discussion is a bipartisan malady, eating away at all sides, and contributing to the divisive erosion of our nation. People like John Keegan are as bad, if not worse, than the Trump supporters they love to sanctimoniously hate and attack. They should spend more time looking in the mirror.
I’m not sure I want to be woke.