I read local news on the web sites of local TV stations, plus a couple other places, including some bloggers. I read national news mostly on NPR's web site and ABC News' web site, and others. I post my comments in Disqus all the time. And, I think it is time that I admit that I am just wasting my time and my breath.
Most of my comments get attacked, or rather, I should say that most of my comments cause me to be personally attacked for my simple statement of personal opinion.
What happened to my First Amendment Right of speech? Instead of attacking me personally, why do so many people fail to respond to what I actually say any more?
Now, I'm not going say anything here about political leanings, one way or the other. I'm just going to announce that I will henceforth make every effort to ignore the personal attacks. I will make my statements or comments, with as little embellishment as possible, and when those comments get attacked, I will try not to respond to the attacks.
Maybe I should try to create a little disclaimer to go with my comments. Something along the lines of, "The above comment reflects my personal opinion based on my personal knowledge and experience. If it happens to disagree with your opinion, so be it. You may freely and publicly disagree with me. But, keep your ad hominem remarks to yourself, because I am no longer going to respond to them."
What do you think?
P. S. This is going to be tougher than I thought. I posted a comment to a local article about our chief of police saying that BLM is just a racist hate group, with my new disclaimer, and am now having to resist replying to two really stupid responses. All I said was that our Mayor should not be supporting the chief, and I got accused of using a strawman argument and questioned about whether I am physically here, and another fool wanted to know what kind of siccafant[sic] I am.