In the previous post I mentioned the anti-Palin rally. The writer includes a comment about Eddie Burke a conservative podcaster. Acording to the writer:
Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally “a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots”, and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought. The women, of course, received many nasty, harassing and threatening messages.
Lest you think the writer overstates the case, the KBYR show blogs confirm it.
Now let me apply Eddie's reasoning to me:
Socialist - don't think so. There is much that needs changing in this country, but full blown socialism is probably not the answer.
Baby-killing - never harmed a baby or child in my life. However I do think the first trimester is solely the province of the mother and her doctor, and Roe v Wade and Griswold v Connecticut need to be left alone. The rest is up for discussion and reasonable people are going to disagree.
Maggot - well that assumes I am a bottom feeder of some sort, interested only in the detritus of life. Hardly.
Poor Eddie. He can't argue the facts so he slings ad hominem attacks instead, with a healthy dose of intimidation thrown in.
Eddie, and others like him (regardless of political persuasion), who use the public airwaves to threaten and intimidate their opponents need to be stopped. There are enough unhinged people in this country who will act on such vitriol because they believe it is the right thing to do. Just ask Jim Adkisson.