Last night I posted the following quote:
...it is patently obvious that at this point in our history, the leading luminaries on one side of the American political spectrum are considerably less tethered to reality than those on the other side.
Swap the "American" for "Bermudian" and I present Exhibit A
Those who have thusfar joined Bermuda's DA are the same old vitriolic voices who have long opposed the PLP. Many of them have a long historic of being partisan, anti-PLP attack dogs desperate to regain political power. Consider the DA's facebook group members: they include longtime PLP opponents like biased former Mid-Ocean News reporter Clare O'Connor, former UBP public relations operative Alex Jones and former UBP candidate and anti-PLP bomb thrower Christian Dunleavy. Even The Royal Gazette's official facebook page has signed up to be a facebook supporter of Bermuda's DA, a party led exclusively by former UBP members.
Sadly, when I said it was a time for seriousness I did expect the nuttiness to continue but this Facebook angle is pretty desperate.
Oh, an FYI. I joined the PLP today. Really.
It was simple. How did I do that? I simply clicked "Join" on the "I am Celebrating Victory for the PLP!" Facebook page and clicked Become a Fan of the PLP on the PLP Facebook page. Which of course means then that I'm a member, which of course then means the PLP is led by an "anti-PLP bomb thrower" right? Because that's what it meant when I joined BDA's Facebook page.
The thing about Facebook, you see, is that you join a group so you can get a feed. The thing with Twitter is that you "follow" someone so you can get the updates. But they of course know that. This is just school yard stupidity.
I joined the "Department of Communication and Information" group because I wanted to get the feed on what Government is doing, obviously not because I'm a Government press officer. I follow all sorts of cycling feeds on twitter because I follow the sport, not because I'm a pro-cyclist, as much as I'd love to be but I'm about 60 pounds and a transplanted VO2 max away for that.
Is everyone on Ewart Brown's Facebook page a supporter or there for the info? Read some comments and decide for yourselves.
This. Is. So. Stupid. I can't believe I'm even wasting time on this.
I'll say this again as I did last night. I am not a member, supporter, covert operative or anything to do with the super-double-secrety-secret-great-white-conspiracy-steering-committe-aka-the-UBP-aka-the-new-Party.
I'm a member of no party, which I know is threatening to the PLP's define your opponent strategy. I'm attempting to engage in rational conversation in the midst of a shrill political environment orchestrated by the PLP.
Really. It doesn't have to be this contrived and shallow.
I posted this before, but this just reeks of the Bush Administration which famously said that they create their own reality.
The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''
I know that's what the PLP are trying to do here, but do they really want to continue down this path.