I Got Mail
I've gotten a lot of feedback - some negative, mostly positive - on my two Kennedy-centric post from last week. I would have to say that the most disturbing response came via email (and yes, it was sent all in CAPS:
"IT'S AMAZING HOW TERIBLE (sic) YOU RIGHT WING FREAKS ARE. YOU LIE ABOUT EVERYTHING TO FIT YOUR SLIMY AGENDA. YOUR LIES ABOUT KENNEDY ARE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG AND YOU SHOULD ALL JUST DROP DEAD. SENATOR KENEDY (sic) NEVER KILLED NOBODY! IT WAS ALL A RIGHT WING SMEAR JOB BY THE NIXON PEOPLE TO KEEP HIM OUT OF OFFICE!
EAT SH*T AND DIE YOU FASCIST JEW SCUM!
Aside from his terrible spelling, I rather like this guy. He obviously is brilliant, deducing I am Jewish and I'm thinking he probably believes Elvis and Michael Jackson are living next door. I bet he'd be real fun at parties.
Of course, while I have his (her?) email address, I will assume it's not accurate. It seems the email came through my website and I can't trace it. But no matter. I'm sure the coward who wrote it has either been tucked into bed by him mommy, or somewhere they don't allow sharp objects.
This isn't the first time I've received these kind of emails and I suppose I should be honored that someone - other than my inner circle - reads my blog. But all these things do is make me realize that I am doing something right.
Recently, I was talking to a potential lady friend (OK, someone I went out with, happy?) and she did seem interested in what I was writing about and the passion I had for it. However, as is sometimes the case, things didn't work out with her. But, she left me with an unsolicited parting shot, which was neither deserved or expected:
"...You only deal with things like Israel, because it is easier to spout off your opinions, but you are not actually physically DOING anything to improve the State of Israel!"
This got me thinking. Am I not doing anything for what I believe in? Is my writing about what I believe not accomplishing anything? What about all the other bloggers? Is their writing and opinionating meaningless?
I came to the conclusion that yes, she was a crazy lady. I mean, I honestly did nothing to warrant a verbal assault. In fact, all I did was send her flowers and tell her I was also interested in getting to know her further. When I didn't hear back from her (except for one quick phone call telling me she was in the car and would call me again in a few hours - she didn't, by the way), I wrote her a nice email stating that I was still interested and wondered if she was OK, or if there was anything I could do for her. In response, I got an earful about how horrible I am as a human being.
I wonder if my ex-wife had anything to do with this? Hmmm (sarcastic joke, folks - she and I get along great. That's why I never write about her here).
Anyway, back to the point, I concluded that she was absolutely wrong. Writing about what I believe in - whether it be about the State of Israel, politics or music, or really, anything else, allows me to help educate those who may not know what I know. It also adds a voice, even if it's only heard by 20 people a day, in support of conservative values and in support of Israel.
I am not of the means to send a lot of money to Israeli institutions, or even conservative ones. The tuition I pay for my children to receive a quality education is quite a sum and as most of you know, I'm still living on permanent disability. So, I do exactly what I can to promote what I believe and am passionate about.
I don't care if that lady, or that 10-year-old dweeb who wrote me thinks I'm a waste of time and effort. I know what I'm doing is right and just and I'm going to keep doing it as long as I'm physically able. So keep the letters - good and bad - coming and who knows, maybe you'll learn a thing or two.
In the mean time, here are two wonderful articles that I read today that I thing explain some of my Kennedy-centric posts much better:
Things Only a Kennedy Could Get Away With -- Mark Steyn
Kennedy Once Meant 'Tax-Cutter' -- Jeff Jacoby
And one more for you. This is in response to the remarkably offensive Huffington Post article that dared wonder if Mary Jo Kopechne would feel it was "worth it:"
Drowning In Amorality -- Arnold Ahlert
Perhaps for no better reason is this why I absolutely despise today's progressive (read: liberal) movement.