But it's interesting and instructive too look at some of what transpired. Like this snippet of a thread on "true Southerners."
E--- May 7, 2015 / 11:09 am
How about those that stuck it out down south, despite being Unionists, and were willing to endure the hostile environment because they so loved it? How can’t they be considered real southerners?
Brooks D. Simpson May 7, 2015 / 12:44 pm
You need to raise that question with Connie Chastain, not me. I consider Andrew Johnson a real southerner, and he hated the Confederacy.
Connie Chastain May 7, 2015 / 10:07 pm
As if I'm so kind of authority on that -- as if there even IS an authority on that. What I think about it is simply my opinion, so why would E--- need to direct his question to me? Does Simpson imagine E--- would consider me an authority on it? Or that E---- would be interested in my opinion? Of course, Simpson didn't answer that with logic and reason. Look how he DOES reply:
Brooks D. Simpson May 7, 2015 / 10:50 pm
Unable to answer the question? Were southern unionists real southerners? Is that too difficult for you to understand?
Connie Chastain May 7, 2015 / 11:10 pm
I’m no authority on it. Mr. E--- can believe whatever he wishes.
And then we come to a hallmark Simpson dirty trick:
Brooks D. Simpson May 7, 2015 / 11:46 pmWell, I made no such admission, so he's lying, as the frequently does.
In short, you are unable to answer a simple question. Thanks for the admission.
But unable to answer a simple question? (1) Not unable. Unwilling, as I don't see the point, and there's no significance to it, anyway. Does he think I'm the authority on that? What I say, goes? If I say Unionists who "stuck it out" in the South weren't real Southerners, is E--- going to agree? Is Simpson? Of course not. So what was the point in asking?
Well, this was supposed to be a "Gotcha" moment for Simpson. He would have pounced like a hyena on anything I said, because exchanging opinions is not his thing. Put downs of people he disagrees with are his thing.
Since I didn't say yes or no, he had to satisfy himself by resorting to very lame, feeble putdowns in the form of lies.
How do people with such slimy approaches and questionable ethics get into positions of such loftiness at our institutions of higher learning? When did academic ethical standards so drastically plummet?