When friends attack

As much as some of us would prefer to avoid the unpleasantness that very often walks hand-in-hand with Primary elections, that's not far removed from trying to avoid death and taxes. It ain't gonna happen. But what we can do is try to steel ourselves for the inevitable anger, disappointment, feelings of betrayal, and all the other inescapably human reactions to internecine conflict.

We must be able to emerge stronger than we were before the conflict, or we will lose whatever value was gained from the painful experience. And if we do, we stand to lose many other things down the road; things we have worked hard to achieve in the betterment of our society.

The biggest driver of our conflict is also the most precious and hard-to-replace trait: Passion. By its very nature, passion is difficult to control. It is an extremely powerful energy that is fueled by emotion, and it simply cannot exist in a clinical, controlled environment. It would be smothered and soon develop the stink of apathy. And like a slumberer who can't achieve REM sleep, no dreams will come to help us sort the good from the bad.

If we are to be successful in continuing to dream and translating that dream into public policy, that passion not only must be preserved, it must be unleashed, so it can infect progressive voters. Do we want to be holding up our arms in frustration come November 5th, and asking, "Where was the passion?" I think not. That's happened too many times in the past, and it's a damned miserable feeling.

I consider BlueNC to be a cutting-edge environment. Sure, we get silly occasionally and express our distaste for regressive behavior in sometimes "less than formal" ways. But there are some really smart people here, and most of them are Alphas. Alpha males, Alpha females, and some of you probably even have Aplha pets. Don't get me wrong, that's a good thing; but it can produce some pretty devilish results when conflicts intensify.

No, I'm not about to propose any new rules, or lay down any guiding principles. I just want you to remember that passion is sometimes messy, and what may appear as evil very often springs from a well of goodness. Harsh words aren't necessarily a window into the soul or the revelation of true feelings or intent. Sometimes they're just chips of stone thrown off by a sculptor trying to capture the dream of what that rock can become.

I was going to follow that last thing using safety glasses as a metaphor for something, but I totally lost my train of thought...

Have a nice weekend, folks. :)



Hey, I liked this post. I also think it is important to respect the "passion" of others, and never let it degrade or take something away from your own individual "passion". America is known for "rugged individualism" and we should never be afraid to express ourselves "passionately" even though we may be the lone voice in the crowd. I, for one, always enjoy the "passion" of those that have different opinions than my own. After all, it is what this country was meant to be, a place where one could enjoy their "passion" for life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness free from coercion and ridicule. Enjoy the "passion" of others and be thankful that we still have a country that respects and honors "passion".


is usually the product of narcissistic self-gratification, and the only passion it represents is a desperate longing for attention.

Seriously, don't fuck with me when my muse is sitting in my lap. Wait until I'm by myself and struggling with what to write on a birthday card. It's safer.

Passion Of Christ? Or is it Steve?

Seriously, don't fuck with me when my muse is sitting in my lap. * Steve

If you got some dude sitting in your lap, no wonder nobody will screw with you for passion?

Passion is a two-way street! Have you watch two professional football teams in a huddle, just before kickoff firing each other up......In the some worlds, it is called control love and in another world it is called criminal insanity

Relax and Take a Deep Breath

Seriously, don't fuck with me

No sarcasm. It is a serious and heartfelt post. I do, however, respect your "passion".


It was your repeated use (8 times) of the word "passion" that made your post appear sarcastic. If it was heartfelt, then you have my heartfelt apology.

Wow, scharrison !!

Wow..such prose. Well put. I even had to look up a couple words !!

We political types are nothing if not passionate !!

Thanks, and sorry

about the vocabulary thing. If I don't use them every now and then, I'll lose them.

I have a passion for equality

wherein if the citizens of the world finally realize that we are all just people, most other things fall into place.

Since that isn't going to happen in the next few months or so, exploring our individual passions regarding anything other than desire is not a wasted moment.

Thanks for posting your thoughts.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!


There might be a thing such as "true evil" in this world, but I doubt we'll come into contact with it here on this blog.

Beautiful post

Thank you.

Thank you, sir

And thanks for providing a place for me to write it. :)

Friends come together too

I've heard the senate candidates may be at the OCDP convention tomorrow, they'll of course come together again to debate important policy issues soon, and I'm sure we'll all come together to support the primary winner as we head towards November. Whatever attacks there may be, I think they've mostly be fraying around the edges. I've seen nothing lately to suggest the candidates have less that the utmost respect for each other.

Oh, and speaking of alpha pets...


That actually made me close my eyes, too...

I came across this quote the other day

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it's yours.

I do not agree much with her ideology, but at times Ayn Rand could put some powerful words together.


There cannot fail to be more kinds of things, as nature grows further disclosed. - Sir Francis Bacon

That Russian girl has nothing on Katherine Anne Porter

NC's own Randall Kenan in his Let the Dead Bury Their Dead notes from Porter's Pale Horse, Pale Rider:

Granite walls, whirlpools, stars are things. None of them is death, nor the image of it. Death is death, said Miranda, and for the dead it has no attributes. Silenced she sank easily through deeps under deeps of darkness until she lay like a stone at the farthest bottom of life, knowing herself to be blind, deaf, speechless, no longer aware of the members of her own body, entirely withdrawn from all human concerns, yet alive with a peculiar lucidity and coherence; all notions of the mind, the reasonable inquiries of doubt, all ties of blood and the desires of the heart, dissolved and fell away from her, and there remained of her only a minute fiercely burning particle of being that knew itself alone, that relied upon nothing beyond itself for its strength; not susceptible to any appeal or inducement, being itself composed entirely of one single motive, the stubborn will to live. This fiery motionless particle set itself unaided to resist destruction, to survive and to be its own madness of being, motiveless and planless beyond that one essential end. Trust me, the hard unwinking angry point of light said. Trust me. I stay.


Great stuff

Thanks, User.


There cannot fail to be more kinds of things, as nature grows further disclosed. - Sir Francis Bacon