I've confused at least one regular reader (and absolutely brilliant political blogger), vigilante, about the point(s) I've attempted to make in recent posts. I apologize and I want to clarify the primary purpose of this particular journal.
The subheading at the top of this and every page for the last ten years reads "Journeys Through Cyberspace" and, indeed, that is my vantage point. I am observing and commenting on what is happening in this new medium, this new universe, called the Internet.
To be certain I am a classic liberal. And my personal political, philosophical and moral principles do color all my writings. But I've never intended this to be a political blog like vigilante's excellent blog, The Vigil.
I'm not trying to impeach the President. And my journal's objective isn't to bring the troops home from Iraq. It certainly isn't to support the agendas of either (or any) political party, politician or personality.
That doesn't mean these aren't all valid issues and certainly doesn't mean I won't comment on all these topics when I feel it is appropriate. I lend my support to many of these objectives every day and in many journal entries.
The key here is that I'll often comment on and/or criticize the actions of people who live, work and build the content of the web. And, perhaps because of my strong principles, I'll even attack someone with whom I actually agree politically.
Such is the case today!
I'm hoping that every single reader is now painfully familiar with the hottest topic in cyberspace, the John Edward's hiring and possible firing of two left wing political bloggers, Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan.
Edwards wanted to broaden his ability to appeal to the Internet's powerful liberal community. As Howard Dean proved, appealing to the grassroots of cyberspace can give a candidate an overwhelming advantage.
Marcotte and McEwan are well known bloggers. And, when I dig deep beneath their often crude and vulgar hyperbole and wild rants, I agree with them on 90% of the issues today.
Certainly Amanda Marcotte and I agree 100% on all the issues of women's reproductive rights and privacy. I don't want Christian conservatives or any part of the government in any one's bedroom!
But, take a look at how Marcotte thoughtfully and eloquently phrased her views (please be aware of the very crude language in the following post):
|Rehnquist died. He was no crusader for decency or anything, but nor was he a person whose ideology overruled his decisions. Those days for the Supreme Court are over. BushCo has a new appointment and can also choose the new Chief Justice.|
Summary: We are fucked.
Choice is gone. And as soon as Roe v. Wade is overturned, states will start outlawing contraception, and eventually the ideologically run court will find that there’s no right to privacy, period, and contraception protection will be gone.
The only thing I can say now is that people who have enough children or don’t want any at all–get sterilized while you still can. As for those who want children, just not now….well, I don’t know. If you use condoms, stock up on EC now. If you use the pill, start exploring Canadian options.
One thing I vow here and now–you motherfuckers who want to ban birth control will never sleep. I will fuck without making children day in and out and you will know it and you won’t be able to stop it. Toss and turn, you mean, jealous motherfuckers. I’m not going to be “punished” with babies. Which makes all your efforts a failure. Some non-procreating women escaped. So give up now. You’ll never catch all of us. Give up now.
First, Marcotte was so factually wrong it makes my head hurt. Rehnquist's death was hardly a nail in the Roe vs. Wade coffin. In fact, Rehnquist was Roe's biggest enemy on the Supreme Court.
More importantly, she clearly fails to understand the dynamics on conservative politics or the principles of the conservative Christian on these issues. She doesn't know her enemy.
But she certainly was colorful in her in her rant! Yet it is that very color that marginalizes her position. Substituting the "F" word for logic, clear thought, facts or reason diminishes her into total obscurity. Only mindless extremists could possibly like or respect her.
Clearly one or more of those mindless extremists are part of John Edward's campaign. And those folks convinced someone in Edward's campaign to hire this idiot without properly researching her previous writings or work.
Now Edwards is faced with the fallout. Marcotte's words are reverberating through all of cyberspace. Edwards is caught in a firestorm that might actually scuttle his candidacy.
And a certain portion of the Internet's progressive or liberal community feels somehow they must rally to Marcotte's defense and even go so far as to threaten Edwards if he fails to retain and support Marcotte and McEwan.
And here we have the real tragedy. Marcotte is an idiot. Just because her positions are correct doesn't make her a role model or a valid spokesperson.
In fact the left needs to actually lead the parade to dump this loser. She hurts us every single time she sits at the keyboard. Edwards' campaign made a horrific mistake. And they should rightfully be criticized for that. Who the hell is vetting staffers over there?
But we do our causes great harm when we support people who can't even get facts straight and feel the overwhelming need to post @#$%*!! rants in place of logical, reasoned arguments.
* * * * * UPDATE 2/8/2007 11:00 PM * * * * *
John Edwards campaign announced this evening that it will not terminate or release the controversial bloggers Amanda Marcotte and Melissa McEwan. Edwards no doubt weighed the complaints and criticism from the right and especially from Catholic activist groups against the threatened reaction of the far left blogosphere.
First, the decision reflects badly on Edwards and on his campaign orgnization.
Second, it is a decision that will haunt Edwards throughout his candidacy. The stupid and vulgar writings of Marcotte and McEwan will be replayed throughout the campaign as if Edwards fully endorsed those statements.
Third, Edwards simply cannot write off the Catholic vote, a traditional Democrat stronghold.From today's article in The New York Times:
|In some of their online writings, Ms. Marcotte and Ms. McEwan used vulgar language to characterize religious conservatives and Roman Catholic teachings on birth control, homosexuality and the virgin birth.|
On her personal blog, Shakespeare’s Sister, Ms. McEwan had referred to conservative Christians as “Christofascists.” On the Pandagon blog site, Ms. Marcotte had said that the Catholic Church’s prohibition on the use of birth control forced women to bear “more tithing Catholics.”
This week, William A. Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, had called for Mr. Edwards to dismiss the women. Stunned to learn that he did not, Mr. Donohue said in an interview Thursday, “The bloggers are no longer the issue. Edwards is the issue.”
Boy is Mr. Donohue right!
And here we have a PRESS RELEASE from the Catholic activist group Fidelis"
|Fidelis President Joseph Cella commented: “We are shocked and appalled that John Edwards would stand by a campaign staff member who has viciously attacked Catholics and all Christians publicly on her personal blog. If any staffer had written similarly about gays, blacks, or Jews, there is no question Edwards would fire them immediately. Sadly, it appears that former Senator Edwards applies a different standard to attacks on Catholics.”|
Cella also is spot on. If any remotely similar writings are ever uncovered by any Edwards staffer directed toward blacks, gays or Muslims, look for their immediate dismissal and public hanging with Edwards personally tightening the noose.
Did you know that Marcotte has consistently referred to Jesus as "Jeebus" in all her writings (one blogger counted 114 such references). Can you imagine Edwards rage if she have used a similar derogatory reference for Mohammad? Can you image the Muslim rage?
In summary I must tell you that this stupid, tone deaf pandering to the far left absolutely eliminates Edwards as a candidate anyone should support for President.
Both Marcotte and McEwan will be gone very soon, probably quietly resigning within the next few weeks, allowing both the embattled bloggers and Edwards to save face. And we have a perfectly clear picture of exactly the kind of President Edwards would make.