Her blog is called Dooce. It's one of those "mommy blogs" where you essentially follow along in the life of Heather Armstrong. It's like a giant soap opera, I guess -- pointless drivel that people who have nothing better to do eat up. And kudos to Armstrong for making a living at it. Smart girl. She's a capitalist all the way around.
But don't tell that to Ms. Armstrong. I don't think she'd care for that label. Here's an example of one of her posts (from last year):
I am angry. I am infuriated. And I don't think I would be if Sarah Palin were a qualified or competent choice as McCain's running mate. But the fact, the reality is that she is not. And instead of demanding better from their party, instead of going, wait a minute, no, we deserve better than this, many Republicans are contorting themselves into a denial of reality. And that right there is what has been going on for the last eight years.
And I am just so damn sick of it.
Any time I engage with one of my conservative friends or family members, or sometimes the conservative commenters on this website, it usually devolves into them screaming about WELFARE! and TAXES! and THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING MY MONEY AND GIVING IT TO PEOPLE WHO DON'T WORK! And what they don't understand is that this is not the issue at all. What I and many of my more liberal friends want is to HELP people, not give them a free ride, but also not to ignore those who would benefit from us tossing them a life jacket.
If giving up more of my paycheck could help get a family adequate healthcare, then PLEASE. TAKE MY FUCKING MONEY.
I get the feeling that people around the world are looking at this election as a gauge to see if America is finally ready to wake up and realize that we are not the only country on this planet. They are waiting to see if we are going to put yet another fundamentalist loon in charge of public and foreign policy, someone who doesn't think that global warming is in any way caused by humans, so screw the rest of you who live here on this planet, we need that cup of oil with breakfast in the morning.
To my readers who do not live in America, who are not American, please know that there are so many of us here who are disgusted with what we have let happen in the last eight years and are doing everything we can to ensure that it stops. We are just as scared as you are of those around us who have their fingers in their ears and are going LA LA LA LA LA in an attempt to convince themselves that their behavior and their policies are not in direct violation of the teachings of the God they think put them in power.
Needless to say, the vast majority of readers agree with Armstrong -- which is fine. It's a free country. Of course, like Armstrong, none of them say anything of substance. Instead they all read like this: "Yeah! I'm so mad, too! Whenever I get near my Republican friends and family, I can't talk because I'll explode!"
Your portrayal of conservatives is sadly misguided. I am sorry for whatever political education you've received; perhaps you're confusing your Mormon upbringing with conservatism. Rather than being defiant, you should attempt a mature, well-researched defense of modern liberalism (if you can find one).
The problem with arguments like yours is that there is no argument. Your writing is entirely based on emotion. There is no reason, logic, or common sense. It's an emotional reaction you're having -- and it's the emotional appeal you make to get your message across. For example:
"What I and many of my more liberal friends want is to HELP people, not give them a free ride, but also not to ignore those who would benefit from us tossing them a life jacket. If giving up more of my paycheck could help get this family adequate healthcare, then PLEASE. TAKE MY FUCKING MONEY."
The idea that liberals want to help people because they're kind and conservatives don't care about helping people because they're mean is an extremely childish and shortsighted view of political philosophy. What you need to do to prove your case is explain how the policies you support will, in fact, help people. Just saying you care doesn't cut it. You hit the nail on the head when you wrote "If giving up more of my paycheck could help..." That's precisely the point: It won't help. It simply helps you feel like a good person.
If you're interested in boning up on the facts, there are scores of books that can help you. If you want to look honestly at your bias toward conservatives, may I suggest Why You're Wrong about the Right? by S.E.Cupp and Brett Joshpe.
Or you could just click on No Bull Mom every day.
TOMORROW: The Truth about Tolerance