Archive for July 13, 2010
Iowa Progressive Activist Receives Anonymous Hate Mail
by Dave Bradley
Hopefully we will have a rousing meeting concerning community radio in West Liberty tonight. I will go through the list of criteria from the FCC and watch some eyes glaze over. Then no doubt we will select a committee to do some real work and disintegrate into discussing programming.
I know more than one person coming tonight has a visual of the radio station from “Northern Exposure” in mind. That is not a bad visual. But no moose wandering in the street. If we get a moose in town I fear Sarah Palin will do a fly over in a helicopter in pursuit.
Now to something a bit more serious. There are many things that I would love to post about, but this one may hit close to home for the activists that read this blog.
My wife had an LTTE in various newspapers in Eastern Iowa last week. It was an excellent LTTE noting how corporations are buying Chucky while Roxanne is not taking corporate or PAC money.
In the mail Friday we got a letter with an odd return address that was typed 'Elect Roxanne.' Inside was her LTTE cut out along with another article and a letter. Since we figured it was nothing urgent, we put it into the 'read later' file.
Well this morning is later and we opened the letter. Now we understand why there was no real return address. It was a piece of unsigned hate mail. A full page, typed, single spaced of tea party talking points. All of which are easily refutable except for one about the Bucyrus project. I am sure that could be easily refuted also if I had any idea what it was. Seems it has something to do with India.
This is not the first time we have had hate mail sent to us. They all have had one thing in common. None are signed. One was signed and then scribbled over. I could make out most of the signature, so this guy really made himself look stupid.
They could all be from the same person, or perhaps a group or totally separate individuals. Funny that these people are so incredibly intelligent by their own reckoning, yet they are unwilling to let us know who they are or represent. How ever will I avail myself of their insight and logic if they are unwilling to reveal themselves.
My wife is disabled. Yet she is so much more courageous than the lot of these people put together.
Let me add that the anonymous comments section on newspaper websites is a great place for these cowards to hide. If we have something to say in a forum like that we would have the guts to sign our name. In Muscatine in the past couple months the paper has had a couple incidents that are really reprehensible.
One incident involved the story of the young girl who ran away with a middle aged man she met on facebook. Her family was devastated. The girl was found with the man in Florida with the man. She was returned home. All this was reported in the paper, including her name. The comments section overflowed with anonymous vile, filthy attacks on the girl and her family. The paper finally suspended comment and removed the comments, but not before a lot of damage was done.
The second incident involved the opening of a new restaurant in town. The paper gave a review and had a comments section. Again, the anonymous comments tore into the owners apparently trying to do everything they could to kill their business. Once again after much damage was done comments were removed and closed.
Stand up to these cowards. They know obviously that what they stand for is a lie. Else they would be proud to let us know who they are. And of course were they to reveal themselves they would be subject to defend the indefensible.
Dave Bradley is a self-described
retired observer of American politics “trying to figure out how we got
so screwed up.” An
Iowa City native currently living in West Liberty, Dave and his wife
Carol have two grown children who “sadly had to leave the state to find
decent paying jobs.”