Whooee! Well friends an' foes, I just left me a bigass comment over to Stageleft an' I'm recyclin' most of it here. The StageCoachDriver's askin' howcum the Con's don't forgive an' forget when it comes to former Jew-hater David Ahenekew but they're quick to forgive former Queer-hater Tommy Lukiwski.
I agree with StageLeft on the Ahenekew hypocrisy. As to why the Con’s are forgiving Lukiwski but not Ahenekew, you only need to look at the targets of the bigotry. Hatred of queers is not as bad as hatred of Jews, at least in the view of CPoC MP's.
It's nearly all Lukiwski, all the time in the Pergressive Boogeysphere. I reckon my addition might not be so well-received as them who are callin' fer Lukiwski's head. I say, unless we got reason to believe they still hold them repugnant beliefs, we oughta forgive both these fellers.
Unless we believe that people’s attitudes can and do change, we’re completely wasting our time with any meaningful discussions, dialogs, rants, blogs, essays, op-ed pieces, church sermons, diplomacy, parental lectures or any proselytizing, at all.
If we do not believe that a Hummer-driving, water-wasting, energy-unconscious polluter can see the light and slow down his contribution to the death of the planet, why waste our breath and energy trying to convince environmental miscreants to change their attitudes? If we do not believe that a racist can see the error of her ways, what point is there in trying show her that error?
I know that people can and do change. I know it from personal experience. I’ve changed over the years and I’ve seen huge changes in family members — positive changes. When a seemingly sincere apology is given and a person renounces formerly held beliefs, I want to take them at their word. Call it idealistic optimism but without such a belief, I might as well give up all my do-gooder preachifyin’ an’ become an eco-terrorist.