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tomb
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Those of us who have voted in numerous presidential elections surely have had wins and losses. After each of those losses, I suspect that you, like I, were able to accept the results and move forward.

But I am having serious problems "getting over" this one. Recently I came to the realization that the problem goes much deeper than just coming to grips with who won. Rather, I have finally discovered that my continuing malaise and distress are due to the reality that several long-time friendships have been changed, most likely forever.

The other day I sent the following [copy of a published essay]to two friends who were particularly adamant and outspoken in their support of the now president-elect:

"Please understand that I am not mad at you because Clinton lost. I am totally unconcerned that you and I have different 'politics.' And I don't think less of you because you voted one way and I another...

(The rest here)

[ Oh, no, allow me-- Kelly Alves, Interim Hell Host ]

[ 03. January 2017, 04:41: Message edited by: Kelly Alves ]

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Golden Key
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Sorry about your friends, tomb.

But what does this have to do with Motherboard, please? Thx.

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TomB, this makes me wish we could "like" a post on SOF. I really have nothing to add.

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tomb
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She voted for Trump.
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tomb
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BTW, I didn't write this. It is a piece by Phil Shailer writing in the Hollywood Sun Sentinel.
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Pangolin Guerre
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Well, you've certainly lived up to your handle, because those friendships are dead as door nails. I agree with everything that you wrote, but in calling them out like that, in such morally uncompromising language, you had to know what you were doing. I'm not going to lecture you about forgiveness, because in different matters it has taken me a very, very long time to forgive, and even then, the process is not yet complete. It can be especially painful when those we love demonstrate that, perhaps, they were never deserving of the love and respect we gave them.

So, while I am mostly sympathetic to your position, I have to ask, without you in their lives, is there anyone else in their lives who can, and will, challenge them to listen to their better angels? To say, "C'mon, Bill... really? Mexicans are rapists? Really? Ban all Muslims from entry? Really?"

All that said, your final paragraph, while crafted to avoid saying it explicitly, does say, by association, that your friends' voting for Trump, and their acceptance of his language, is disgusting. Can we, meaningfully, separate behaviour from character, and, after all, character is who the person is, or speaks, at the very least, to the state of their soul.

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Pangolin Guerre
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Ah, I wish that you had told us that this was from a publication at the outset. Bit of a misleading set-up, but it changes nothing that I said.
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Friends who voted for Trump and Brexit have caused me a great deal of distress for the sort of reasoning expressed in the quote of the OP.
Even should both end up being fantastic,* there has been nothing behind either to indicate this, so voting for them reveals something less than good.


*Odds very strong that this will not be the case.

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tomb
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Good post, Pangolin.

This post was meant, primarily, as a rebuke to a particular person who betrayed me (and, indeed, her entire country by supporting a most unsuitable person) and just about everything I believe and stand for.

People need to be challenged for believing in unsupportable rhetoric and using their electoral power to support it.

You ask if "there anyone else in their lives who can, and will, challenge them to listen to their better angels?" I have to reply that, we had conversations before the election (we being other people on the Ship and elsewhere).

But surely you understand that most of us live in our own little particular bubble, and somebody challenging us outside of our experience is not likely to achieve any traction.

You ask in your last paragraph if we can separate behavior from character and hence, find forgiveness.

In this instance, I will say, "No."

Voting is about granting our power to another person. This is the essence of democracy. "Choose wisely" is an almost laughable cliche.

But in this instance, the Motherboard knew *exactly* what she was doing when she voted for Donald Trump.

If, in four years, he hasn't managed to destroy the economy, bring about our alienation from our European allies, goad Russia into an arms race, destroyed the very possibility of a 2-state solution to the Israel-Palestine struggle, encouraged the crazy-assed leaders of North Korea to continue their development of ICBMs--then I will humbly apologize to the Motherboard for my intemperate challenge.

In the meantime: "I Will Never Forgive You For Your Vote."

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And, Pangolin, please don't whine about me not disclosing from the outset the source of my post. Srsly? Five minutes from the initial post to the disclosure and that makes me a bad person?
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quote:
Originally posted by Pangolin Guerre:
Can we, meaningfully, separate behaviour from character, and, after all, character is who the person is, or speaks, at the very least, to the state of their soul.

How can we? Behaviour is character. Yes, good people can do bad things, but this is not inherently justification for those bad things.

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tomb
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BTW, Pangolin, you observed that I had "lived up to my handle."

What did you mean by that?

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lilBuddha
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tombs are associated with death.

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If it's not here soon, I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say goodnight moon

- A. N. Parsley, D. Mcvinni

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tomb
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Please tell me you're not the Motherboard's embittered transgendered cousin, once removed.
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Kelly Alves

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quote:
Originally posted by tomb:
And, Pangolin, please don't whine about me not disclosing from the outset the source of my post. Srsly? Five minutes from the initial post to the disclosure and that makes me a bad person?

No, but handing one of the Hell Hosts the task of reconfiguring your post to fit in with the copyright guidelines-- which guidelines you totally know-- does kind of make you a shithead.

I'll attend to that in a minute. As for the content -- I posted this one myself. Everyone in my family is very religious, and I thought, despite doctrinal or political differences, there was a certain baseline of agreed upon teachings in Christianity, ones involving charity, love, and basic human wrth, that united us in the end. The embrace of Trump pretty much blew up that faith for me.

The Religious Right said to Trump, suck our dick properly and you can be as depraved as you want to be. White Christian Americans largely said, we can be bought that cheap. It's shameful.

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tomb
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Lilbuddha, you really need to up your game.
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quote:
Originally posted by tomb:
Lilbuddha, you really need to up your game.

Huh? Because she explained what Pangolin meant?

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tomb
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Bullshit, Kelly. I disclosed the source of the quotation almost immediately after posting it.
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mousethief

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In which world is 40 minutes "almost immediately"?

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Kelly Alves

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You know we have a policy of restricting quotes to four lines. Whether you cite it or not. You know that. If you want to throw a tantrum about it, do it in the Styx.

[ 03. January 2017, 04:45: Message edited by: Kelly Alves ]

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tomb
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And, Kelly, you know fucking well that I didn't violate any of the Ship's standards when I posted it and disclosed the source.

Get over yourself.

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tomb
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That should be "quotations", by the way.
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And, Kelly, I'm pretty sure anything I've posted on the Ship can not in any we be construed as a "tantrum."
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Fuck you, Mousethief. Look at the time stamps.
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To return to the matter of the original post, I am calling the Motherboard into Hell for voting for Donald Trump.

If nothing else, this should diminish her authority on the Ship.

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Kelly Alves

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It's funny how it's always the people with the reputation for biggest baddest shitkickers on the Ship who come completely unglued when little fluffy bunny me challenges them.

I know I made the shithead joke ( which, as a longtime Shipmate, I was sure you would get) out of Host mode but as of right now

Host Hat On
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[ 03. January 2017, 04:57: Message edited by: Kelly Alves ]

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Kelly Alves

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quote:
Originally posted by lilBuddha:
Friends who voted for Trump and Brexit have caused me a great deal of distress for the sort of reasoning expressed in the quote of the OP.
Even should both end up being fantastic,* there has been nothing behind either to indicate this, so voting for them reveals something less than good.


*Odds very strong that this will not be the case.

I think I never realized before how many people in America still have the opportunity to isolate themselves from people who are not like them. I guess I had some ill informed ideas that basic migration mean most of the US was somewhat diverse-- not compared to the cities, of course but more than in the past. All my life I have had the reality of diversity shoved in my face, so that to me diverse is normal.

In 2017 there are still people under the impression that most people are white a Christian?

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quote:
Originally posted by tomb:
Fuck you, Mousethief. Look at the time stamps.

I did, dickwit. Here they are:

Posted 03 January, 2017 02:50
Posted 03 January, 2017 03:31

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lilBuddha
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quote:
Originally posted by tomb:
Please tell me you're not the Motherboard's embittered transgendered cousin, once removed.

WTF? And you, quoting someone complaining about Trump's insensitive remarks, are using transgender as a slur?

quote:
Originally posted by tomb:
And, Kelly, I'm pretty sure anything I've posted on the Ship can not in any we be construed as a "tantrum."

Right.
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Originally posted by tomb:
Fuck you, Mousethief. Look at the time stamps.

The timestamps are considerable farther apart than 5min. Well more than long enough for x-posting.

Up my game? Not playing any games at the moment, you queerphobic little bastard.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kelly Alves:
quote:
Originally posted by lilBuddha:
Friends who voted for Trump and Brexit have caused me a great deal of distress for the sort of reasoning expressed in the quote of the OP.
Even should both end up being fantastic,* there has been nothing behind either to indicate this, so voting for them reveals something less than good.


*Odds very strong that this will not be the case.

I think I never realized before how many people in America still have the opportunity to isolate themselves from people who are not like them. I guess I had some ill informed ideas that basic migration mean most of the US was somewhat diverse-- not compared to the cities, of course but more than in the past. All my life I have had the reality of diversity shoved in my face, so that to me diverse is normal.

In 2017 there are still people under the impression that most people are white a Christian?

Not limited to the US. In the UK, the strongest vote for Brexit was from those with the least contact with, and least affected by, "foreigners".

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If it's not here soon, I might be done
No it won't be too soon 'til I say goodnight moon

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quote:
Originally posted by tomb:
She voted for Trump.

Source?

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Kelly Alves

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[Please note host post above, everyone--KA]

In the UK it makes even less sense, because y'all have far less acreage to whoopdedoo yourselves to some secluded wasteland and avoid everyone who trips your wire.

I am reminded of a teacher of mine, who tried to explain ideas of white supremacy like this-- if we finally achieved space travel, and discovered everyone but us had three eyes and green skin, we would have to decide whether that made us freaks or whether it made us superior. When Europeans invaded the New World, they discovered most of the peoplein that world had dark hair, eyes, and skin. Like, everywhere. So, according to her, white supremacy evolved out the need to make white differences into an advantage, rather than an indication of "other"

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Kelly Alves

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( Forgot to add) You'd think 500 years would be enough time to get the fuck over it.

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quote:
Originally posted by Kelly Alves:
( Forgot to add) You'd think 500 years would be enough time to get the fuck over it.

Oh dear God no. You should hear the Greeks go on about the Fourth Crusade.

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Did they freak out because brown people, too?

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Erm, tomb, I think that your anger is misdirected. You're pissed off with Motherboard, but you're giving shit to anyone on this thread who crosses your path.

1) Your clarification of source was posted while I was called away midcomposition.. By the time I posted my reply, your clarification was then up. As I said, it was a bit misleading; I read the OP as your quoting something that you had written to your erstwhile friends. As I also said, it changed nothing in my post substantially.

2) I wasn't whining. As Mousethief pointed out, it was 40 minutes between the OP and identifying the actual source of the citation.

3) Don't give lilBuddha shit for clarifying - correctly - what I meant when I said that you were living up to your handle. Your handle is tomb, and, as I said, those friendships are now dead as door nails. The friendships are now in in a metaphorical tomb.

4) What the hell was that thing about Motherboard's transgendered cousin? Am I missing something?

5) As to your reply, that you had had conversations before the election with the Trumpians, and that we inhabit self-affirming bubbles, so you'll walk away, because challenge is unlikely to gain traction. That's probably true. One thing that I CAN guarantee you is that your permanent absence will ensure zero probability of your effecting any change of heart and mind on their part. Given your current state of blind, unfocussed rage, stepping away from them for a bit would be a very good idea.

5) Your post does prove that I can agree with someone politically, and still get really pissed off with them. I know that this is Hell, and I can say pretty much anything I want, but telling you that you're being a fucking asshole will only deafen you to what I have to say, just as your telling your friends the same thing will preclude any good that you might otherwise accomplish.

6) Sir, step away the keyboard. Sir....

7) Or ma'am. Whatever.

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quote:
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Did they freak out because brown people, too?

Not so much. The Orfie church, after the 1054 thing, was much more colorful than the Caffix, who were primarily pasty white Yurpeens. We had Ethiopia and the Middle East and Egypt and all those various brown people already on board. (We had our own problems of course.)

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Riiiight, so someone is coming here to complain about another poster - who apparently doesn't post much - for voting in a way that over 45% of those who voted in that election did, in the process using a transgender slur and a piece that you've not even written.

I take it we're not talking to the Tomb who.used.to.post.like.this..?

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quote:
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And, Kelly, I'm pretty sure anything I've posted on the Ship can not in any we be construed as a "tantrum."

This thread is doing a mighty fine job of being one, actually.

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tomb--

Take a break, take a walk, get some fresh air, eat something. If only so you don't make any more remarks that you may regret in the morning. (Like the transgender one. [Eek!] )

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It's hard to know what to say.

I certainly feel disappointed and surprised at the latest political turn of events. I fail to understand any of the right wing rhetoric flying around, or people who refuse to be inclusive. I'm baffled.

But angry? No. Lose friends over it? Why?

Most anger comes from fear - including our own anger. So the solution will be to deal with the fear.

I'm pretty sure both Trumpton and Brexit will be far less right wing than anyone fears - let's hope.

Deal with the fear tomb - and certainly don't take your anger out on Motherboard. I hope s/he comes here and explains her reasoning, that might help you?

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I would still like to know what the precedent is for calling Shipmates to Hell over something apparently unrelated to anything posted on the boards.

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mr cheesy
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Originally posted by Eutychus:
I would still like to know what the precedent is for calling Shipmates to Hell over something apparently unrelated to anything posted on the boards.

Seems to me to be a totally uncalled for form of public shaming, verging on bullying.

One thing to call out someone on something they've typed here, an opinion voiced her, particularly when that person has shown prior willingness to engage in discussion.

Quite another to shame someone who has only posted four times in the last year (assuming my efforts at interrogating the directory are correct), two of which were on prayer threads and, as far as I can tell, did not address the election at all.

Plenty of people voted Brexit and for Trump for a variety of reasons. But calling out an individual in this way is akin to doxxing Mrs Evans down the street for secretly voting UKIP. Why do that?

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Tomb, please explain what on earth this is all about. Are you calling MB to Hell over the way she voted? You've been around long enough to know that we do not allow off board arguments to be dragged on to the boards.

[ 03. January 2017, 08:30: Message edited by: Spike ]

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mr cheesy
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Apols, I started a thread in Styx making this very point.

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quote:
Originally posted by Spike:
Admin note:

Tomb, please explain what on earth this is all about. Are you calling MB to Hell over the way she voted? You've been around long enough to know that we do not allow off board arguments to be dragged on to the boards.

Which is why this thread is closed. There is a discussion to have about how to cope with loved ones whose political choices are not your political choices, but this isn't it.

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