Why we can’t have nice things

I had an interesting exchange a while back with a random jerk on Twitter.


The start of this exchange really begins with my posting yet another stupid thing done by Pope Francis. No, not heretical, not apostasy, just stupid.


I publicly said that I was “done defending this idiot.” Because seriously, both John Paul II and Benedict managed to get a hold of their message and deliver it clearly. within short order of becoming Pope. This is … what? 12 years later, and more often than not, reading a Pope Francis statement is like trying to interpret a drunk text? And of course, guys like me who actually understand Catholic stuff have to be the ones to interpret the Pope into English.


The Left: THE POPE IS SUPPORTING ABORTION 

Me: Um, no, he’s cleared up red tape so that someone who’s had an abortion can walk into a confessional and be absolved without going into a bishop for approval.

Etc. 


It’s a long, arduous process that requires time and energy on my part that I just can’t be bothered investing as I come out with six books this year as well as publishing several short stories as one-shots, and editing an anthology, and being accepted into three others.


So defending the idiot known as Pope Francis is a waste of my time. This was even before the Amazon Synod insanity. I said as much on Twitter as a comment with whatever latest drivel the Pope was talking about that week.


I end up with a comment by this Rando: “STOP SPREADING CALUMNY!”


Calumny, as defined by Miriam Webster,  is

  • n. A false statement maliciously made to injure another’s reputation.
  • n. The utterance of maliciously false statements; slander.
  • n. False accusation of crime, misconduct, or defect, knowingly or maliciously made or reported, to the injury of another; untruth maliciously spoken, to the detraction of another; a defamatory report; slander.

I said I was done defending this idiot.


Somehow, my stating that I would no longer take action was slanderous in itself. 


Frankly, Pope Francis is either an idiot or a heretic. I figured “idiot” in reference to his message management was the more upbeat and hopeful course to take.


Anyway, I moved on. Radio silence from the rando.


Later on, I posted to Twitter John C. Wright’s review of Avengers Endgame. John liked it, but, like I did, saw that this was the beginning of he end of the MCU, if not the outright end. Apparently, we differed in our estimates of how the time it would take. Later, even JCW would be shocked at how fast we would realize that this was The End, plain and simple.


This exact same Rando showed up on Twitter. What was his issue this time?

“BLASPHEMER! IDOLATER! YOU WORSHIP THE GOLDEN MOUSE. EVERYONE COME LOOK AT THE BLASPHEMER!”

Oh, and if it was a single Tweet, it would have been nothing. I wouldn’t have cared. My mistake, I tried to have an honest conversation with this jerk. I asked and offered the Wright review three times in order to having him read it, and then we could discuss it.


His response was, of course, an endless string of insulting memes.


Yes, I was stupid enough to engage with some fuckwit on Twitter. 


See? We really never should engage with people on social media.


You know, I have faults. To quote one of the few good moments from that lousy Firefly universe, if I’d have to pick a sin, “I’m gonna have to go with wrath.” It’s my default position. I have some redhead in me, so that’s a thing.


And lately, I will admit to feelings of envy as hypocritical cowardly invertebrate eunuchs enjoy fame and notoriety for virtues they preach, but promptly violate as often as possible. 


But frankly, if I have any virtue, it’s that I’m honest with people. I prefer the term blunt, but some people insist on describing it as “brutal.” While I may occasionally soften the blow publicly, privately, people will get the cudgel.


I also have my faith. To be perfectly honest, I don’t even think it’s faith as much as knowledge, due to personal experiences, but that’s a different conversation.


So yes, having someone accuse me of spreading untruths and being an idolater irks me. In part because it’s some rando saying “Here is the mote in your eye” when there’s a nice big log I can pick out of my eye and beat you to death with.


On top of that — by slandering me with the blasphemy bullshit, he also slandered John C Wright as well. You know, John C Wright, who is only slightly less Catholic than God himself.  Suggesting that Wright worships anything less than the Lord High God of All Existence requires negative IQ points.


Of course, just to make everything perfect — and I mean PERFECT — is this guy’s Twitter feed. It is filled SOLID with an endless stream of “WWWAAAAHHHH, The Right should support each other! We should stop punching right! The Establishment Right should fight the Culture War! They should especially support my books of ideas I cribbed from 20 year old anime. But my books! No, I’m not going to review anyone else’s. Why should I?”


Of course, this is while this rando jerk is … punching right. Into my face.


Fucking Twitter. 


I called him on it. He was treating me like an enemy. We were both right wing. We were both Catholic, supposedly.


Know what he said? 


He said he didn’t treat his enemies like this. He prefers to talk to them… 


Ain’t that special? Shit like this is why we can’t have nice things.


Of course, this jerk would later apologize. 


What for? 


“Playing rough.” 


Not calumny. Not slander. Not punching right. “Playing rough.”


Oh, and it had to be “pointed out to him” by someone else. Because of course rando jerk who whines about people who punch right … while he punches right … would have to have his basic hypocrisy pointed out to him by someone else.


This is why I’m not in favor of weaponized autism, since they have no idea what direction “This side towards enemy” is.


And I must admit, this level of cowardice pisses me off. This is the sort of fool who nails himself to the cross and claims that he is being oppressed. He whines and cries about punching right … while punching right. Bitching at me for one tweet about how the Pope was an idiot, then, within the month, publicly accusing me in a string of nearly a dozen Tweets about violating the first commandment. Yeah. Sure.


Better still is recently, this jerk joined a coalition of people online boasting about how they “created” of epic Christian fiction and fantasy… 


Fascinating. Tell me more about where you were when I self-published A Pius Man back in 2013. Or Honor at Stake in 2015. Or Saint Tommy, NYPD for the past year. Or when Russell Newquist published War Demons in 2017.


As I said, it’s funny how “support conservative artists” quickly turned into “support me.”


There’s a reason why I review other books. Because they’re good and they need the PR.

Social media has lowered conversation online to the comments section. The comments section used to be the sewer level of the internet. And now, social media has turned every interaction into bull shit virtue signaling. Whether it be how intersectional you are, or how much more churchy you are. This rando wants to boast about everything “the right should be doing,” but lucky for him, he can sit on the sidelines and Monday morning quarterback, throw beer cans at passerbys, then tell you to buy his book because of “the culture.”


Funny thing is that I actually believe in the culture wars, and that yes, every indie author who’s to the right of Mitt Romney (yes, that’s deliberate) should stick together and spread the word around our social media circles about each other.


Until there’s some jackass like this who will screw it up for everyone. 


And that’s why we can’t have nice things.


… I usually feel obliged to pimp a book, but not today. Click on anything in the right hand column, or check out my book reviews on this blog. Or there’s my kickstarter. You can find something for everyone.

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