On Notice

“The test of good manners is to be patient with bad ones.”
~Gabirol (Solomon ben Yehuda ibn Gabirol), The Choice of Pearls

It may be true that the general attitude of Small Dog Enterprises is, “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me,” but today I’m calling it, minions.

Calm it the hell down.

The ridiculous political hyperbole, predictions about the end of the society/religion/freedom/whatever, slimy gloating over a rival’s defeat, threats to move to another county/state/country, and especially the nasty comments calling for overthrow, revolution, and apparently the death of not a few elected individuals (shame on you!), all make the problems we face worse.

Knock it off.

Stop trying to out scream the opposite of whatever team you’re on and express a little patriotism and loyalty.  Commit to continuing to make your voice heard in the political process and stop calling each other Fascist/baby killing/Socialists or illiterate/uninformed/hate mongers.  Constructive criticism is welcomed, well thought out reflections are encouraged – claiming the world is ending is not.  Honestly, people, a little objective perspective, please!

Minions failing to comply immediately will be sacked.  Aunty C. stayed up very late last night and woke to find a lot of nastiness swarming through her various circles (some of it directed at her) and she is in the mood to disinherit a few people.  She also hasn’t had her tea or a very filling breakfast, which as you know has lead to various unfortunate episodes in the past.

6 thoughts on “On Notice”

  1. You always make me laugh.

    And I was thinking this morning how FRUSTRATING I find politics. I want to be able to talk about it with friends and acquaintances and I just am too afraid to except for those I am very very very close to because it always dissolves into the basest kind of discussion (which is, frankly, too nice a word for it). Why are so many people convinced one person will ruin everything, that their party is flawless, and that saying nasty things is going to help anything?

    1. My theory is that the culture of the digital age has made us able to react to things very loudly without needed to back up our rants in facts, and the illusion of the internet that my opinion is just as good as your facts. On both sides. We are able to form vast mobs online (without all that bother of actually assembling in person) and our emotions feed off of one another.

      The (un)practical upshot of all this is that the skills needed for actual conversation and interaction are dwindling. It both saddens and frightens me.

  2. Seriously. I saw this and had to laugh. Thought it was worth mentioning on here was well: “To my Mormon [Mitt loving] friends- our plan to take over the world has been foiled once again. However, operation ‘make everyone think we’re insane by posting fatalistic inaccurate judgment [and scriptures/quotes] on Facebook’ is a runaway success.”

    I know some people are hurt, saddened or upset they didn’t get their candidate. But, it doesn’t give you the license to act or say inappropriate things. Just because there are social media platforms that will accept anything you type into them, doesn’t mean you should post every thought you have.

    And, any good that Romney might have done by bringing his church to light, may very well be destroyed by jealous members who are saying horrible things since he didn’t win.

    COME ON!

    We still live in America, not Somolia–let’s think positively 🙂

    1. I’ve seen Mormons, Catholics, Aetheists – you name it all acting atrociously. As a religious person, who values her faith community, I just want to put up signs: “Please don’t classify me with these people! I’m reasonable!”

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