Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Pot. News Letterwatch

Sometimes, you open the Potomac News, and just wonder how it is that its editors can let some things pass. Or perpetrate others.

Today was one of those days. A single letter-to-the-editor was published, from Paul Jacobs of Montclair. Its purpose? To serve as part of the far Left's continuing campaign against Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13).

Now, my first instinct was to dismiss it for the far Left claptrap that it is. This purpose was served when I read the title that the editor placed on it: "Marshall doesn't represent district." I don't know how everyone else reads letters, but among the first things I look at are the title and the author. So I looked down to see that the letter entitled (by the editors) "Marshall doesn't represent district" was from Paul Jacobs of Montclair.

Montclair!?!?!? Well, sure. Jacobs is certainly an authority entitled to comment on whether Bob Marshall represents Bob Marshall's 13th District. NOT!

Montclair is located in the 52nd District, represented by Delegate Jeff Frederick. And, by the way, is removed from Bob Marshall's district by at least two others.

To give Jacob his due, he didn't write the title. And nowhere in his letter does he actually say "Marshall doesn't represent district." Sadly, from his perspective, his points were diminished by a title which would or should have caused most casual readers to look and laugh at him. After all, one would presume that the individuals most qualified to comment upon whether Marshall does or "doesn't represent [his] district" are those who reside there, not someone who lives in Montclair.

'Course, one might have thought that it would have occurred to the editors to point out that Jacobs doesn't live in Marshall's district, since it is doubtful that the casual reader would know that.

Of course, the problem of having people laugh at him would be endlessly compounded once they read the far Left claptrap of his letter, which sounds like it comes out of a Democrat Rhetoric Machine. He constantly refers to our government as a "democracy."

News flash, Mr. Jacobs! We live in a republic, not a democracy.

Then there's the nonsense of his points. He complains for two paragraphs about gerrymandering and unopposed candidates. Why, then, does he go on to complain about Bob Marshall. Marshall had an opponent in his last election. A rather buffoonish opponent, to be sure, but an opponent, nonetheless. Another candidate for a disclaimer? Perhaps. Perhaps even a phone call to the letter's author asking whether he wants to get his facts straight, or whether the letter should be published as is to demonstrate that he doesn't know what he is talking about.

But it is Jacobs' actual content which is most absurd. Indeed, so substanceless is it that one could substitute just a few words and use it as a standard issue template to attack virtually any politicians. So let's do so!

This is particularly unfortunate with regard to [Virginia] where [James Webb] has clearly lost touch with the distinction between being an elected representative and a special interest crusader for his own [economic] beliefs. It is time for him to step down and pursue his [economic] agenda in the private sector.

There are three issues that Northern Virginians want their delegates to address: taxes, traffic and education [sic].

[James Webb] instead chooses to waste time advancing his personal [socialist] and [economic] agenda. He presumes to tell our [corporations] who should be [paid how much], tell [corporate boards] how to [pay their officers], and tell [investors] what personal choices they are allowed to make for themselves.

He has, in effect, established himself as an ayatollah of [corporate governance]. With him we have a political figure who ... wants his [economic] beliefs to become civil law, and wants the government to tell [businesses] how to [pay their employees].

What country does this sound like? It's time for him to go.
What fun! We'll have to play the Democrat Claptrap game again some time.

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