First off, I don't B.S. without indicating that I am B.S.ing (usually with some sort of smiley face). Secondly, I'll suggest your perception of hostility is inaccurate. At no point in reading your posts have I ever felt anything approaching irritation, let alone anything stronger that might result in my feeling hostility. It seems you have invested much more emotion in this exchange than I have. You see, in your statement, you acknowledged that I had given a few reasons for voting for Kerry and that you had appreciated them. Indeed, in your opening statement of the post to which I am now replying, you indicated you were about to thank me for my posts. Then, at the end of your statement, you stated "...the other Kerry supporters....points make sense." as if to exclude the reasons that I gave as not making sense. This would appear to be an instance of you contradicting yourself based upon emotions, the bases of which are, of your own creation. Therefore, I am disinclined to accept your advice concerning my postings.
Reading your first post with your thoughts on what bothers you about Bush, I appreciated the comments. I took a look at them, and gave my personal views on each. In your reply to my opinions, the wording you chose to use seemed hostile to me. Whether or not that's how it was intended was not indicated. I could have just as easily used the words "belittling", "argumentative", or "contentious". The wording you used was interpreted by me as all of these. Therefore, I stated, "If it goes against your nature" to discuss this issue tactfully, then "you may want to let the other Kerry supporters take over." As to the "points make sense" portion, I guess once again I needed to be more specific. I was referring to the points I had quoted from your second reply. So to make a long story short, your first post was appreciated, thought about, and commented on. Your second post was viewed by me as hostile, belittling, argumentative, and contentious; therefore, the points did not make sense.
Originally Posted by Robert3
While you might be an individual who would attempt to manipulate others using your approval as an enticement (as would seem to be indicated by your first statement of the post to which I am now replying), I can assure you that is inadequate enticement. If I reject the manipulative techniques of the Bush, his campaign, and administration, what ever gave you the idea that I would not reject your attempts at manipulation? Or, were you just stating your opinions......
I have not tried to manipulate anybody. Iím asking for honest opinions; nothing more, nothing less. Actually, I guess Iím asking for someone to manipulate me. If you can show me an instance where I have tried to manipulate, then I will apologize again and reword my statement to a point where it will not be considered manipulation. I have not made a single post that said or implied anyone else should vote for one person or another. I donít quite understand where you got that from, but Iím not the type of person to ridicule someone for their opinions.
Hey yea! That was great!......Just what I'm looking for. More reasons to not vote for Bush instead of reasons to vote for Kerry. That is an opinion article written by a Democrat. All of those points RR Jr. tried to make have been debated endlessly in other threads. This thread was intended for people to show me the good side of Kerry. A few points have been made, but by and large it has turned into another Bush bashing thread. So again, why should I vote for Kerry other than he's not Bush?