Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The Care and Feeding of Liberal Trolls

I noted in this morning's paper the passing of Stephen Solarz from esophageal cancer. It occurred to me that Solarz was a liberal with whom I had had many disagreements, but that I had never wished that he would die or have a terrible disease; I was sorry to hear of his (probably painful) death. I have strongly disliked many liberals (particularly Senator Kennedy and his idiot-son, Patrick), but, again, the thought never entered my mind to wish on them a painful death or a terrible disease.

What is it with liberals that so many of them do wish on conservatives painful deaths? For example, Wanda Sykes publicly wishing that Rush Limbaugh would die a painful death from kidney disease, or Whoopi Goldberg wishing a painful death on President Bush - both to liberal audiences that loudly cheered their disgusting remarks. I don't even want to mention the horrible things wished on Sarah Palin and on her family by the likes of people like Alan Colmes (I turn off O'Reilly whenever he appears, he disgusts me so).

I bring this up this morning because of something else that's going on: the tendency of liberal readers to troll conservative blogs and then try to disable them, or leave gibberish comments or set up repeated spamming attacks. My readers may have noticed recently that I have had to set up an anti-spam ID procedure for my little blog. This is due to the juvenile behavior of liberals who, instead of engaging in a discussion of issues, try to destroy the opposition - and I am not alone, as the following article so clearly explains:

The Care and Feeding of Progressives

By Robin of Berkeley December 01, 2010 American Thinker

I've had to ask readers of my blog to register in order to post comments. There are three reasons why:
(By the way, I often tell clients that there are three rules for dealing with the character disordered: "Boundaries, Boundaries, and Boundaries." Not surprisingly, the same can be said about extreme progressives.)

When I started my little blog, it didn't occur to me that trolls would come out in droves. Why would leftists expend their energies on me? And why would they subject themselves to scrutiny by a licensed psychotherapist?

But apparently, numerous trolls have been drawn to me, like venomous bees to honey. These trolls use the same weaponry of other extreme progressives: shame and degradation. They try to use ridicule as sort of stun gun, immobilizing the other. (Another interesting tidbit: People with character disorders do the very same thing. Coincidence?)

As a psychotherapist, I can see right through them to who they are and how they operate. Nonetheless, I still remain curious about these creepy crawlers, whom I have dubbed "My Friends, the Enemy." (This is my generally futile attempt to be magnanimous like the Dalai Lama, who uses the phrase to describe the Chinese.)

I wonder to myself: Where do these trolls come from? Where do they live and breed?

Do they write in dank basement rooms while their bedraggled girlfriends (or moms) pick up their dirty shorts? Do they intermix trolling with downloading internet porn? (I'm not being snarky here; I'd bet good money that violent smut gives them endless inspiration.)

Are these cyber-stalkers getting paid from a Soros organization? If so, why can't they find more respectable employment? (Hmm...I suppose the answer to that question is rather obvious.)

The creepy thing is that in the minds of trolls, and other extreme Progressives, their behavior is as normal as apple pie. This is because their worldview is amoral and asocial. Therefore, the merit of hurling insults at a complete stranger is a no-brainer.

Many leftists are positively clueless about how to conduct themselves in a civilized manner. Believe me, I have tried over and over to engage some -- any -- in a respectful discussion.

Although I rarely give up on people, I have had to conclude that many extreme progressives are not simply choosing to be vicious. They do not know how to restrain themselves.

For instance, a progressive e-mailed me with the following, "Man, you're really messed up." I replied, scolding her, explaining that her remark was inappropriate.

She responded this way, sounding genuinely confused and shocked: "I was trying to be sympathetic! I really didn't mean to hurt your feelings." And in this case, I actually believed her!

The most hardcore of the leftists seem almost feral, wild, and undomesticated. Many lack even the most rudimentary of social skills; some people may very well be diagnosable on the autism spectrum.

Many militants are devoid of an essential ingredient of being human: empathy. While they exude endless compassion for an endangered snail, they are contemptuous of living, feeling human beings. This is why they can cavalierly imagine snuffing out Granny, a late-term fetus, or, in fact, anyone who gets in their way.

With the progressives in charge, we now live in "interesting times," to quote the Chinese curse. There's a breakdown in the basic rule of law that keeps a society knitted together. Without the moral fiber to stitch us, it's survival of the fittest -- every man and woman for themselves.

It's no coincidence that God has also been shunned, because God is the thread that weaves together the rich tapestry of life. With Judeo-Christian values missing in action, the left engages in a manic free-fall-all. They afford themselves free rein to act out their basest of impulses.

The more extreme progressives have no impulse control whatsoever. They act more primitively than a wild beast as they beat up opponents and sexually degrade conservative women.

These progressives are engineering a New World Order, which is dark and devolved and completely unlivable. Their actions remind me of a famous quote by Gandhi about Western civilization.

When asked what he thought about Western civilization, Gandhi replied, "Western civilization? I think it would be a good idea." One could say the same thing about progressives' civilized behavior.

I hope the newly elected conservatives will have the courage and intestinal fortitude to create some order out of the chaos. If they can break up this manic (Democratic) party, there's hope for this country yet.

A frequent American Thinker contributor, Robin is a recovering liberal and a licensed psychotherapist in Berkeley. You can reach Robin through her blog: The above information is intended for educational and informational purposes, not to offer definitive diagnoses.


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At 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For years I've been to Pro-Life Rallies and had good encounters with Pro-Abortion by-standers.
In recent years I've been to Rallies for Traditional Marriage (Man and Woman), and have noticed outrageous shouting from the Opposition trying to distract the speakers, and listeners.
It get's worse everytime.


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