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Politics is Offensive…

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Hey everyone,

I don’t typically comment about politics, but I just had to share this mind-blowing email I got today from a reader. She says:

Could you just stick to prepping topics and stay out of politics on your blog? I find value in your articles but the politics are offensive., Not all preppers are right wing zealots. Your picture of AOC and comment about Venezuela are offensive to me. That is a simplistic explanation to say socialism is the cause of their problems when EVERYONE realizes it has more to do with corruption at the top that has disadvantaged its citizens not a political system.

So apparently, if I state an opinion about politics, I’m offending someone I’ve never met before, I’ve never talked to before, I never called out directly, I never swore at, and I never made any racial remarks in relation to. Googling the meaning of the word “offensive” quickly reveals the fact that the lady who made the comment misused it.

It seems that these days, people are misusing the words “I’m offended” to impose their point of view. Should I be offended for being insulted and called a “right wing zealot”? 🙂

Dan Sullivan

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24 thoughts on “Politics is Offensive…

  1. no, libtards have the right to be offended just as much as you have a right to point out facts they don’t want to hear

    1. They do have that right, but in this particular case she wasn’t offended. Even if I am – hypothetically – wrong about Venezuela, I still don’t see how I offended HER.

      1. i was being semi sarcastic and trying to mock her without making it look like that. she sounds like she was just a stuck up libturd

  2. I found the “…ist” that best fits me; realist.

    I someone finds your (or mine) opinion offensive, I’m okay with that. Since I do not start out to be offensive, their taking it that way shows me they are not open to a different point of view. I am not always right and in many personal aspects I am very liberal. But that ends when you expect me to change becuase we don’t agree.

    Prepping and politics are very interrelated. Just as prepping and the weather is. We are planning to mitigate the impact of situations we do not control.

    Seeing and expressing a potential correlation between events and politics should be offensive to no one. It should open their minds to a possibility.

    I was a Cold Warrior (still am) and saw the weaknesses and dangers of Communism. The USSR fell apart and their politics allowed the abuses that caused it’s fall. Same in Venezuela. And, the same types of things are happening here. To slap a label on it, call labeling it offensive, then doing nothing is worse than foolish.

    Of course, this is all my opinion. If it offends someone, and you can state the why you find it offensive, I am more than open to having a discussion. But, as some of my own relatives have found out over the years, getting hysterical does not trump getting historical. Facts are still facts, even if they don’t fit your narrative.

    And, Dan, you have my support to say what you want on YOUR blog.

    1. Thank you for your words of wisdom, JP. It seems that some people have extended the meaning of the word “offensive” because of the strong emotional impact it has, and now they’re hiding behind its new “meaning”.

    2. JP,

      Prepping and politics are very interrelated. Just as prepping and the weather is. We are planning to mitigate the impact of situations we do not control.

      Well stated!!!!!!

  3. She REALLY wouldn’t like what I have to say. And I would tell her, “so?! – I didn’t realize your job is to make me sound like you, and my job is to cowtow to YOUR personal preferences”.

    How about, “who really gives a flyin’ flip?!”.

  4. Dan,

    So apparently, if I state an opinion about politics, I’m offending someone I’ve never met before, I’ve never talked to before, I never called out directly, I never swore at, and I never made any racial remarks in relation to.

    Welcome to the new climate change, where it’s always winter with fragile snowflakes seemingly everywhere. As an engineer I prefer facts to simple assertions; but, there are too many that are into worship and ”believe” or ”feel”, since it is much easier than ”thought” and “”logic” that can take work and potentially prove on wrong.
    If in general we think of ”conservative” or “right” as hands off and let me fend for myself, then preppers in general at least lean to that direction and have an attitude that no one owes me anything nor am I ”entitled” to your things
    I find the other side is generally a bit lazy in both their accomplishments &/or their thought processes, often finding it easier to take from yhose of us who worked for it and hand it out for both votes and accolades.

    I learned about this some 25 years ago when I had a discussion with a real progressive liberal and he was honest with me. It seems that since there is inequality in the world and some who need help, we should be obligated to help; but, the honest part was his admission that he was basically too lazy to put in the effort to help himself, as in work the local soup kitchen, so he had no problem with the government doing the job for him.
    Another subject we discussed was gun control, where he told me that he had never owned a gun and was glad he had not, since there were a few neighbors he knows he would have shot and would have been in prison.
    I find many of these people are physically and intellectually lazy, have little self control, and need to project their feelings on to all of us, since they cannot fathom the fact that I can own or carry a gun and not be looking for a fight.

    They may also mutter the old give a fish, teach to fish; but, don’t really believe it or find it takes too much time away from other more lofty activities.

    Googling the meaning of the word “offensive” quickly reveals the fact that the lady who made the comment misused it.

    That depends on your attitude, and I think unhappy people often look for ways to be offended, so their unhappiness is someone else’s fault over which they have no control and can continue on without changing.
    There are sites and media channels I do not like or agree with; but, I simply avoid them, since my time is valuable and I try to spend it with like minded people.

    It seems that these days, people are misusing the words “I’m offended” to impose their point of view. Should I be offended for being insulted and called a “right wing zealot”? ??

    If you are offended the other side wins; but, not being offended may in it’s own way be offensive, since you attacker get no joy in you ending the fight and ignoring them.

    Personally it is relatively hard to offend me, and I have told more than one character “I have been called worse names by better people” and walked away. I think many also find this offensive. LOL.

    1. Completely agree.

      It seems that since there is inequality in the world and some who need help, we should be obligated to help;

      By helping ourselves we help others as well because the only way we can progress in the competitive marketplace is to offer value to others, thus helping them as well.

      The leftist argument of increased inequality (as a result of thinking and acting only in your own interest) fails: we’re all doing much better than they did 50 or 100 years ago, in spite of the increasing wealth gap.

  5. Dan,

    I was married to a Cuban lady. She was born there and came to the US as a legal refugee when she was 10. Don’t even try to tell her that socialism or communism is a good thing because it is “fair.” You will get a loud PolySci lesson in two languages.

    She is a US citizen, served ten years active and reserve in the Coast Guard, and never misses an election. Also, she has no Spanish accent on her English because she wanted to assimilate into American culture as much as possible. She managed that in less than nine years, from zero English, to what I though was a native English speaker fluency level. I met her when she was 19 and was floored when I learned her background.

    Anyway, like JP in MT said, it’s YOUR blog. Say what you feel the need to say. If I don’t like it, I’ll either not read it, or I’ll go elsewhere. Thus far, you haven’t said anything to make me consider moving on.

    1. Thanks Zulu. This is your blog as well, so you guys should feel free to say (almost lol) anything you want.

  6. Mr. Sullivan
    As one that reads ‘Your’ Forum most every day and enjoy 99.999% of the articles.
    I feel lax in the time I do comment.
    As far as this “person’s” email, Since I don’t get long winded as some, I would offer a simple solution.

    “If you don’t like the article, Don’t read it”

    “If something “offends” you that you might look towards yourself and your closed mind before informing the author they are in the wrong (and show they are ‘wrong’ with facts, not your fragile feelings) or ‘offensive'”

    PS; I do take great honor in being a “right wing zealot” AND a “Deplorable” WITH an open mind. HAHAHAHA Well ok, maybe not so much 🙂

    1. Agreed, they can unsubscribe from the blog, newsletter, and go someplace else. On the other hand, they do have freedom of speech, so they can go ahead and whine all day long – I just wished these people would actually have a conversation, instead of making accusations and then never replying back.

      Even since I found out about the dialectic method, I’ve been spreading the word about it – it’s a much better way of having a dialogue than throwing insults, pivoting from the main point of the conversation etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dialectic

      1. Dan,

        Yes, the dialectic method can be a very effective method. Sadly, it requires two willing participants.

        I used to teach at the police academy frequently using the didactic method. The director used to get complaints from the recruits that I never answered their questions, only asked more of my own. The director knew what I was doing and he’d throw it right back at them.

        1. Zulu 3-6,

          I used to teach at the police academy frequently using the didactic method. The director used to get complaints from the recruits that I never answered their questions, only asked more of my own. The director knew what I was doing and he’d throw it right back at them.

          I find this funny; but, something I have also always done.
          When I train instructors, one of the sub methods is to ”Move from the simple to the complex.” and often asking questions to allow the student to think about and realize the next logical progression, works better than just rote memorization.
          If you understand the ”why” then you can always figure out the ”how”. It’s back to that teaching to fish instead of just feeding them fish.

      2. Dan,

        Agreed, they can unsubscribe from the blog, newsletter, and go someplace else.

        Assuming you make at least some modicum of income from your blog, leaving might be the best way to hurt you if these people actually had any working brain cells. Leaving you without you caring is like throwing an insult with no response and that only frustrates those kind of sad, unhappy, people.

        On the other hand, they do have freedom of speech, so they can go ahead and whine all day long – I just wished these people would actually have a conversation, instead of making accusations and then never replying back.

        I think people misunderstand freedom of speech, at least as related to the U.S> Constitution. Government may not stifle speech or assembly or religious preference; but, as an individual operating a business you may have standards people have to follow.
        Making a snide remark and then leaving is tantamount to an anarchist throwing a rock and running. If instead they throw a punch and stick around, they may be bruised in the following melee, especially if they are working on feelings and beliefs instead of actual well thought out perspectives with logical points about which they can argue.
        Many of these people in their own minds think they have scored points and I think the anonymity of social media amplifies those sad little people who can feel good about scoring a hit without being hit back.

        Even since I found out about the dialectic method, I’ve been spreading the word about it – it’s a much better way of having a dialogue than throwing insults, pivoting from the main point of the conversation etc.

        Dialog has always been the best way to manage and settle disputes; but, it means having a well thought out perspective, not based on beliefs or feelings, and the possibility that one could be proven ”wrong”.
        That final point alone can really upset someone with a hard fought belief who may have to admit being wrong about some long held feeling and change their mind.

  7. I agree. It’s your blog. Say what you will. For every one sniveling, pencil-necked liberal pantload you offend, a thousand of us right wing zealots will continue to visit your page and spread the word.

    Politics is exactly why most of us prepare. We can see the inexorable slide toward communism of the political left in this country.

    1. Dan, Keep on Keeping on!
      Politics and economics are the biggest reasons Our family prepares. Being aware of the political slants and the subsequent theft of personal goods from the common man to benefit the rich,which plagues socialism. Those who are advocates for this system have never lived under it,just want something @no immediate cost to themselves. Any one who decides to be “offended by facts” can never be appeased. It is an exercise in futility to attempt to offend all people.

  8. Dan, politics govern why and how we prep. If times were easy and no disasters, wars, political treason or crimes existed, we wouldn’t need to prep.

    (Socialism/ Communism= Insanity)

    My puppy said he lifts his leg in her general direction to help put the political fire out…LOL

      1. One more thing, funny how Democrats or Librerals want to tell everyone what to do if you disagree with how they think.

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