This sucks. I’ve had to swallow most of my opinions–especially the strong ones–about HEMA stuff (especially Politics) for the better part of the last 10 years. This topic is no exception. Unfortunately a lot of people see things that I say and write as representative of my club, or the HEMAA, or whatever organization I belong to, etc. I can put disclaimers in my signature block, but it is what it is. I gave up the right to express my strongest opinions in the language that I would really like to when I accepted responsibility as a representative of an organization. It sucks, and one of these days I’ll probably snap and start a blog that puts LOTEL to shame. But until then…
One can only say: BRING IT!
There are lots of things we feel we have responsibility to. I, for example, have a responsibility to what I consider to be the undiluted truth. And that means, even if I don’t like what Jake might have to say, I want to hear it.
You haven’t been president of HEMAA for a while now, Jake. If you have something to say, say it. The “I have a responsibility, but if I didn’t, boy I’d tell those motherfuckers a thing or two” seems a passive-aggressive dodge, especially when the mantle of responsibility is nonexistent. Marsden wears that mantle now. I do see that you’re sadly just as dismissive of the opinions of others as you were on Pendant Forum, however. A majority clearly has a problem with the Mondschein debacle, and a majority voted for Marsden.
But I digress, as I usually do.
Back on point: step up to the plate and say what you have to say, Norwood. You can call me bad names, if you like. Most of them will probably even be true. I think you’d have fun with it.
And I want to know.