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“Libtard” and Other Clever Right-Wing Debating Tactics | August 22, 2010

Okay, I’m trying — I swear to the higher-power-that-isn’t that I’m trying. I’ve befriended, and accepted friend requests from, conservatives on Facebook. I try to look for anything positive coming from the right (is it my fault that there’s nothing there?). I try to debate civilly — even in the face of “Kenyan” and “where’s the birth certificate” and “Michelle Obama is immoral” — with the right. Conservatives that I befriend, when they discover I’m an uber-lib, are often convinced it’s an Obama plot to infiltrate their Facebook accounts with the end goal of spiriting them off to indoctrination camps. I’ve had such people accept my friend request and unfriend me in the space of one minute. A friend of mine recently asked me, “Is there anyone you won’t befriend?” Sadly, the answer is no. I’m entirely indiscriminate.

In return for what I consider valiant efforts, what I often get in return is “libtard” and other clever retorts. Here’s just an example of my recent debate with some batshit crazy right-winger who was, at one time, somehow my Facebook friend (and in this, I use the term “friend” very, very loosely).

Right out of the gate, he accused me of befriending him so I could harass him — and then went on to harass me. I vowed not to unfriend him, and I didn’t — he ended up blocking me in a rage-filled tirade.

I think I’m going to invent a Facebook dog whistle that calls liberals to my threads when the Palinites go nuts.

Don’t get me wrong — I have some conservative friends on F/B who are respectful, civil and willing to engage in debate that doesn’t involve words ending in “tard,” but they’re not the mainstream. The mainstream conservative contingent generally posts stuff like this on my threads:

My conservative friend Scott is a wonderful guy, who debates reasonably and backs his comments up with facts. I forgive him the fact that he uses Drudge as a source. My F/B friend Matt is a young conservative and, as long as I don’t beat the drum about the racist elements of the tea party, we get along fine. So yeah, I do a little bit of compromising, a little tempering of my comments here and there. With Matt, I pick different subjects than the tea party to debate. With Scott, I try to out-do his sources, and out-fact his facts. Those kinds of debates test my core beliefs and force me to defend them — and that ain’t bad. In fact, there are times when I find that the distance between some conservatives’ positions and mine isn’t as far as I thought it was — when cornered, everybody seems to get radical, but if I allow a little space between their backs and the wall, and they do the same, we’re all more willing to be reasonable. I can hold my ground on my beliefs without attacking the other side for theirs . . . although, I admit, it’s a difficult process.

So, I’ve been debating the way to handle the goofies. I could start calling them “right-tards” — which, if you think about it, has a much better ring to it than “libtards.” I could quit taking friend requests from anybody who has an American flag as his or her profile picture — that’s a dead giveaway, as we all know liberals are un-American and the hard right has a corner on the “I’m a flag-waving American” market.

No, I’ve come up with a better way to drive away the crazies — it’s what drove Rob into a frenzy before he blocked me. I’ll accept all friends, and civilly debate those right-wingers who truly want some dialogue. But when the other kind, the ones with talking points written on their hands, challenge me about what I like about President Obama — and I deem it not worth it to give them a “real” answer — I’m gonna give them the same response I gave Rob: He looks good with his shirt off. When pressed for a real answer, I’ll repeat that I think the President has a great upper bod, and that’s what I like about him.

The fun part is, both male and female libs can use this one: After all, if there’s one thing the right hates more than Obama-lovers, it’s gays.

And hey, let’s face it: He does look good with his shirt off.


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  1. The real libtards and right-turds are an angry bunch that seem to believe “debate” means “picking a fight”. If you’re having fun avoiding engagement with the right half of these… outstanding citizens… by commenting on presidential pectoral pleasures then good for you – I think it’s funny.

    I’d write more, Julie, but it’s getting dark outside. I need be in my front yard for the evening flag-lowering ceremony.

    Comment by Al — September 17, 2010 @ 7:18 AM

  2. I tried the nice approach and got suspened for a week. Then I quit commenting and blocked around 3000 right wingers and now I am suspended for a month. They are fascists.

    Comment by david fields — July 24, 2013 @ 12:10 AM

  3. I would just like to point out that there are just as many crazies on the left side as the right side. I rather enjoy reading the comment threads…on any topic…because they are pretty funny, and both sides have crazies and both sides do the name calling. From my experience, it’s pretty equal.

    Comment by Elizabeth — February 13, 2015 @ 5:30 PM

  4. libtard article

    Comment by Nancee — January 17, 2016 @ 4:24 AM

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