Comments: Aggravated

Aside from the fact that I think you're being perhaps a bit too kind to tag these people as "adolescent" I think you're on to something. It might be worth distinguishing between meaningful and meaningless distinctions (boy I hope so) in the sense that there are, for example, disciplinary boundaries that are not hard-and-fast, but which nonetheless exist and serve some useful purposes.

I think you should forgo the "What's Wrong With The Democrats These Days" thing, though: what's mostly wrong is that we spend way too much time trying to make hard-core Republicans like us (I'm talking the Fundamentalist and Libertarian wings, now) and not enough time being who we are.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at April 19, 2005 04:15 PM

I've long thought that the various pockets of hostility on-line are more about little kids playing tough than anything else. Certainly when I've seen such behavior, it's always reminded me of the bullies in the neighborhood where I grew up. Immature, insecure, and clinging desperately to their "gang" membership for affirmation.

But I'd rather read your thoughts on the subject than my own, if you'd care to expand.

As far as the Democratic Party, you've summed up in aboiut 20 words what I probably would have taken 2000 words to say.

Posted by Anne at April 20, 2005 08:32 AM