Wed Mar 28th, 2007 at 06:56:02 AM EST
Maybe this is to personal to post, but here it goes. I came to ET, recruited by Jerome, from Daily Koz (under a different posting name--I like the wchurchill name and had not thought of it when I signed up for Daily Koz). But the vitriol at Daily Koz was something I wasn't ready for. I had just lost a close member of my family to cancer, very close, and i found the tone of DK difficult. I seem to go back to DK every 6 months or so, and did again tonight, and found this comment in a diary (and maybe I should preface this that Tony Snow is Bush's press secretary, formerly a Fox TV news anchor, who seemingly had fought off cancer of the kidney, is a 50ish year old guy that I think was a respected member of the press prior to accepting the press secretary job--and also just a person with a family):
I don't care about Tony Snow. At all. And I'm not going to pretend I do just so I can prove a larger point to the wingnut base of racists and hate-mongers.
So no, I'm not going to pray for Tony Snow. I'm sorry to hear he has cancer, and that's about it. Other than that, I'm not going to give that lying scumbag another thought.
There are lots of people in this world with cancer. There are people dying in Iraq right now because Tony Snow has helped enable this ridiculous "surge" and spends every day lying to people that we need to give this plan "more time."
This doesn't mean I'm happy Tony Snow has cancer. I'm not. I'm just not praying for him.
I know the lack of compassion may hit me harder than others. But it was a reminder for me as to how wonderful it was to find ET, thanks jerome, and find a different, more thoughtful, logical format. And I know that many of you have great respect for DK. But for me this is a sad reminder of where we are as Americans, or certainly where Daily Koz is.
those of you who have read my comments must know how hard it is to write the title, "sometimes sorry to be an American". But obviously we are having our troubles. And anger spills over in some horrible ways, where the compassion for individuals,,,,,,.
(And it reminds me that my comments at times have shown too much acrimony, I think, hope, nothing like this, but--sorry about that.)