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This is the last time I will dignify WCAP attacks with a response, so listen carefully.
I know this blog, and myself and my fellow writers, are probably being scapegoated for the pro-Cox types who believe we had a hand in getting him fired. I’m flattered that people think I have that much influence, really I am, but come on, a girl with a blog website had nothing to do with the guy getting canned. Cox did that all by his lonesome self by pissing off one too many city councilors and not doing his job appropriately. The fact that those supporters who had the most to lose came out with a $3,000+ campaign-style crusade and showed their true colors to the city and it backfired is also none of my doing. The only thing I did was make sure it happened in the open, and even then, did anyone seriously think this wasn’t going to come out anyway?
But it appears this little “uninfluential” blog no one pays attention to has gotten under somebody’s skin. This radio crusade to marginalize us only makes us stronger, gives us credibility as members of this debate. It’s nice to have air time, I guess you could say. If we were truly inconsequential, we would be ignored.
Now, as to accusations of my being so far out of the mainstream as to evoke comparisons to the KKK’s David Duke, NAMBLA, or whatever other inane rhetoric comes out these desperate people, all I can say is…read the polls. Like the one that says that 62% of America wants government-run universal health care. Or the one that says that only 33% of Americans approve of Bush. Or maybe the one that was done in 2001, when 61% of Americans said we should join the Kyoto Protocol. On Social Security. Iraq. Government transparency. I could keep going, but you get the point.
Seems like I’m pretty much in the mainstream. I can’t think of one position I take that isn’t in line with liberal or Democratic ideals, not to mention the mainstream of the country, that silent majority who is learning not to be silent anymore. It’s people like me that you are afraid of - the overwhelming masses, given a voice - one blog, one writer or commentator or editorialist at a time. You are afraid to be irrelevant and in the minority, because you know you already are. You don’t want to lose your influence and power to truly democratic processes; the bane of sweetheart deals and elbow-rubbing with the elite. It’s only human to grasp on to your power (political, monetary, or both) and attack those to wish to spread it around to the governed. I understand you. I understand you, even as I continue to fight, along with so many, many others, to hold each and every one of you accountable.
If you are trying to stress me out by dragging my name through the mud, I honestly could care less what you say. You only make yourselves look extreme, not me. I am the soccer mom, the blue collar worker, the highly religious, the atheist. I am the city employee and the private entrepreneur. I am the artist and the engineer and that guy flipping your burger. I am the mainstream.
I don’t think it would be overdramatic to say: hear me roar.
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