I recently wrote a post about phony or crony capitalism going on in our community called “It Takes a Village“. It has become increasingly clear to me that we have a small group of people intertwined with most of our public officers, setting each other up for opportunistic and self-serving reasons under the guise of doing what’s best for the community. This group is pushing through their agendas and counting on your lack of involvement to get it done.
Since posting that article I have received two responses from two different people who attempted to confuse, distract and deceive the reader by:
A) refusal to address the purpose or main points of the post except in an extremely broad brush generalization.
B) trying to bait and switch the focus to an entirely new topic; positives we have going for our community as if they were somehow responsible for those positives.
C) discredit the author and forum through false statements.
Those replies were a prime example of fallacy of composition because the rebuttals were deceptively stated to give the illusion that since some good things happen and since some good people make those good things happen – they are themselves, good too.
In both Kay Brown’s and keepitpositive’s replies there were a lot of loaded words and phrases like “this is pretty strong stuff” and “the problem with blogs and gossip” or “Wow – this is getting out of hand”. Since there were too many of these infractions to be structured into a sentence, I’m just going to list the rest:
“Half truths become fact, repeated”
“We all see what we are looking for…”
“there are always a few who choose to look at the glass half empty…”
“They want to find fault with those who do try to do good.”
“False statments are thrown around like candy to hungry children. Again, I ask, Who has spoken directly to the people whose name are being thrown around in these bloggs?”
“The gossip persists and the damage is done?”
“anything I write will be taken to task.”
Give me some proof, provide some examples…just back it up with something. I specifically asked, “Please take the time to let me know what you specifically consider are the half-truths and false statements, we can address them.”
Since they have fallen silent, I’m left to my own logical assumptions that those remarks were manipulation, damage control, just plain control, but also an admission of guilt. I’m not going to get into the out-of-context biblical references (unless prompted) but I will tell you that my finite wisdom has granted some understanding about what is going on here. Wise people know when they are being manipulated to advance a hidden agenda and that trying to talk honestly to those people is a misnomer. It’s best to just call them on it and get it out in the open.
Image “Gossip” by Norman Rockwell