Last week I published a description of the election here in Warrenton to reconstitute the local branch of the Republican Party, The Fauquier County Republican Committee (FCRC). In it I made several claims which I backed up with documentation. I took exception to the fact that the local members of the Party of Lincoln and Reagan were being chosen by Democrats. I also noted that Scott Russell had not only allowed this to happen, without protest either before or after the election, he had promoted those who encouraged Democrats to vote to be placed into membership on the committee.
After this publication, there were two (or possibly just one) individual(s) that commented anonymously in a negative manner. And although they took no actual exception to the facts in the post, they did cast a few stones that normally I would just let pass, but in this case, because of the vile dispersions, deceptive references and outright lies, I felt compelled to comment on here.
First “Local Man” (or woman) did not directly speak to the facts in the article but chose a technique seen in many opposition posts here at FFC. He (she) attacked the publication in general. He (she) called FFC “overly confrontational” by comparing us to anti-gay, anti-military Fred Phelps/Westboro Baptist. Boy, is this the pot calling the kettle black, or what? Overly confrontational? As the Left has shown time and time again, everything good people do to stand up for their beliefs these days is twisted into minority bashing. So, this time, for this hate-monger blogger, it is gays, and next it will be women, blacks, Muslims, Hispanics or …. (would you believe) small farmers?
That is the tact taken by the other protagonist, the one who calls himself “Rick Jones”. Creative, very creative – yuk-yuk. Combining the names of those of us who actually open ourselves up by using our real names when we publish will score no points to your argument here or with the more intelligent readers of this publication. I am not sure how others envision these anon writers who namelessly criticize from their hovels, but I always imagine them as sitting half-naked, crouched over their computers in a darkened room spouting their venom.
“Rick Jones’” claim that we are allowing our “friends to relentlessly attack a small Female Family Farmer” seems rather hollow for a couple of reasons. First, who is he talking about? Does he think she also should remain nameless? And, second, if you want to offer a defense, by all means, send us an article. We are happy to print any article submitted which is civil. We only ask that you send it under your real name, not to be published if you do not wish, but for us to verify the source for validity and for our protection.
Then came the “dig” by “Local Man” (or woman) referring to how we ignored the plight of the oyster farmers in York County. This vapid claim is misleading on two fronts. First, we normally focus on local issues, hence the name Fauquier Free Citizen. Of course, as previously stated, we do publish submissions by others and you will find the Oyster story from May 10, 2013 that we published here.
I would also like to take this opportunity to point out that if you would like to follow this very important oyster-farming story, we invite all of our readers to go to the Virginia Free Citizen to see the latest on their plight here. Just under a year ago, a group of us here at the Fauquier Free Citizen assisted some good people in Richmond to start the Virginia Free Citizen. Our goal was to create a publication to work on important “freedom” issues all across the state. I might add here that several local Free Citizen sites have sprung up across the commonwealth, the nearest being the Fairfax Free Citizen.
So in conclusion, allow me to address two quick points brought up by our mystery blogger(s). The “spirit of working across boundaries” is an interesting way to describe inviting Democrats to vote for and enlist in the leadership positions of the FCRC. I find this admonition devoid of any logic and completely misplaced. It goes right along with the globalist, One World Order theory, where we open our borders and all become one under the UN flag.
And finally, we are told we should “rise to the occasion”. Now here we have something I can agree with. I do believe Cam Jones has risen to the occasion. He is standing on principle, the principles that govern the Republican Party of Virginia. In times like these, when today’s cultural mantra is “if it feels good, do it”, it is refreshing to stand beside a man who rises to stand on principle.