Monday, June 11, 2012
Senators and Representatives, Can We Talk?
You see, for the last few weeks you've been receiving letters from your constituents talking about the SWATing tactics of certain elements on the Left who are trying to stifle the free speech of those who have taken to expose the past misdeeds, especially in light of his current activities, of Brett Kimberlin.
You, as Senators and Representatives, may know him best as the man who claimed to be Dan Quayle's drug dealer. Claims which were never substantiated at all. Claims made by a known perjurer. Some few of you, mostly from Indiana, and specifically the areas around Indianapolis, may remember him as the Speedway Bomber.
You see, this man, and his associates and supporters, has taken to attempting to silence anyone who would so expose him. He, personally, has used "lawfare" tactics with almost admirable finesse, if his goals weren't so ignoble. He has even attempted to frame one of his opponents for a serious crime. His associates have aided and abetted in these endeavors. One or more of his supporters have begun using the tactic called "SWATing."
In response to this, Bloggers across the nation, both left and right, decided to stand up to Brett Kimberlin. First, we undertook "Everyone Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day," suggested by Lee Stranahan in support of Aaron Walker (AKA Aaron Worthing), and Seth Allen (the first target of Mr. Kimberlin's lawfare tactics).
Along with this blogging, many of us, and our commenters and readers, sent emails and letters to your offices petitioning for redress of grievances. Specifically, we requested steps be taken to stop Mr. Kimberlin specifically, and lawfare more generally.
As a direct result of that correspondence, most of us heard only crickets in response. Some received form letters which did not even address the subjects of our letters. Some of the more prominent members of our loose brotherhood received threats and intimidation. What none of us received was a single word in support. The closest anyone came was Mr. Hatch, who, himself, had run afoul of Mr. Kimberlin previously, but even he would not take such a small step as reading a list of the man's tried and proven crimes into the Congressional Record.
Time went on. The media and, more importantly, your offices continued to ignore us. So we tried again. The next time, we tried a Blogger Day of Silence. Across the nation, bloggers both right and left stood silent instead of talking about the issues of the day, or defending our candidates, or anything of the sort. Again, we, and our commenters and readers, wrote letters asking for specific redress of grievance. Again, we heard only crickets, or received responses that were, at best, tangentially related to our correspondence. One such response will also be included.
Senators and Representatives, this must end. The days when people will even sort of believe that a form letter is a true response, or even means you saw a letter from us, are gone. We share information. We know what you've said to one of us. If you are unaware of a situation, please just admit it. I would much rather receive a letter which says, "I was unaware of this issue and am ill informed about it. I will undertake to research it and give it the attention it is due" than I would some full page drivel which does not actually address what I wrote. Your staff monitors twitter (Representative Barton, I'm looking at you), yet you seldom, if ever, engage with constituents in that forum.
I understand that you cannot be informed about every issue. I understand that every specific letter that comes to your office might not get to you. But please understand that when we receive form letters which do not even come close to addressing what we talked about, let alone showing any compassion on the issue, we believe that you not only don't know, but that you don't care.
You are some of the most powerful men and women in the world. Concerted, your power dwarfs that of any Executive from any nation in the world. Even alone you wield considerable power. With that power comes expectations- and one of those expectations is that you will listen to your constituents, and address their grievances.
Please, Senators and Representatives, be the Voices of the People we elected you to be.