Letter: Progressive hypocrites
No surprise reading Monitor Editor Felice Belman’s “A blizzard of mail, all about Ayotte” (Concordmonitor.com, April 24).
Blizzard? No, I would say a “snow job.” A couple of things struck me as I read the letters calling for Sen. Kelly Ayotte to immediately step down, calling her a “coward,” “lapdog,” “enabler of mass murders,” “disgusting,” “extremist” and so on.
My first surprise was the vitriol of progressives who see themselves as enlightened and constantly remind us about “tolerance,” “embracing diversity” and excoriate others for being “mean-spirited.” Yet these letters practiced the politics of personal destruction – progressives failing to practice what they preach.
Moreover, these are left-leaning partisans trying to create a groundswell – Astroturf if you will – by feigning “outrage” and “disappointment” as if they were Ayotte supporters. A cursory search of the internet reveals the all the anti-Ayotte letter-writers either donated to another Democrat candidate, are members of local progressive and Democratic groups or post on far-left-leaning websites.
Belman wrote: “In fact, for the most part, the far-flung letters we’ve published have been the ones in favor of Ayotte’s vote,” calling those “minority” viewpoints. Those supporting Ayotte were not a “minority” and were not “far flung.” They talked about “freedom,” “liberty” and following the spirit of the Constitution. Wow, how extreme!
Where is Joe Friday when you need him? If he was the publisher at the Monitor, he would set Belman straight, saying: “Just the facts, Ma’am!” But then again, to the Monitor leadership, the “facts” are subjective both on the editorial page and on the news pages.