I once commented pretty regularly under news items in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, my local paper. If the article was about, say, the Iran nuclear treaty or the budget negotiations, there might be six or seven comments. If, on the other hand, there was a picture of Obama above the headline, there would be dozens upon dozens of comments, mostly from racist asshats. (Headlines that included the word "gay" also brought the troglodytes out.)

I just loved those articles...they provided, as the military says a "target rich field". I had more fun poking the shitheads in their eyes than was healthy for me. It was like eating a bag of Doritos...I knew it wasn't good for me but I just couldn't quit. I finally got kicked off for reasons that were never clear to me...I never cussed or name-called because that got one kicked out immediately.

Nowadays, I look at the comments under the Facebook posts of Tim Ryan, my rep in the House, and Sherrod Brown. Those two attract the fascist roaches like a chicken leg that's been left out on the counter for a few days.

My family says I shouldn't do this but it's just too much fun. They tell me that I'm not gonna change anyone's mind and I reply that's not my goal. I learn what the batshit crazies are hearing on OAN and I provide snarky rebuttals that other liberals might read and repeat to their KKK cousins.

I do love it when they get down to the namecalling and cussing...then I know I've really gotten under their skin. I especially like it when I'm accused of being "divisive"....THAT'S THE DAMNED POINT!

My favorite is when they say things like, "I thought you were supposed to be so open minded!" My response: "Whoever told you that lied to you. I'm not the least bit open to your racist, homophobic bullshit."

Anyway...we liberals are finally learning that it's not a negotiation...there's almost no common ground. It's a fight. And it's only our white privilege coming forward when we try to act otherwise.

Born and raised in the South, living in Ohio. Writes about politics, management, and religion.

Born and raised in the South, living in Ohio. Writes about politics, management, and religion.