It was heartening to receive so many emails from people thanking me for writing you letters after I was featured in the Roanoke Times and the WSET evening news over the July 4th weekend. But one online commenter, who identified himself as a Democrat, suggested that my writing so much “borders on harassment.” Since, as your communications director told the reporters who interviewed me, you receive about 5,000 letters a month, my 30 account for less than 1%. Do you feel that borders on harassment?
I also received this email from “Joe Smith”:
“You are the epitome of what is wrong with the liberal progressive community. You are angry about the election and cant let it. Keep in mind that you didn’t run for office, you do not hold an elected office position, and complaining on your part is unfair to those other US citizens that did vote for Mr. Trump and deserve the full level of representation that Mr. Trump can give. His winning the election means that he is does not have to answer to you, listen to you, or represent your viewpoint. YOU OPPOSE HIS IDEAS, HIS AGENDA, AND HIS LEADERSHIP. So just sit back, wait for the next election, run yourself or help any candidate you are for, and see if the outcome supports your viewpoint. Until then, just STFU – YOU LOST!”
I’m pretty sure “STFU” stands for “shut the fuck up.” My wife has asked me not to respond to any angry letters I receive, and I think that’s good advice. I assume you follow the same policy. If you review all of the letters I’ve sent you, you’ll see none are like Mr. Smith’s. I believe my tone is respectful and my points are logical.
I was tempted to write a counter argument to Mr. Smith’s notions about unfairness, representation, and free speech, but I was wondering instead if you agree with his opinions. Is “complaining” about elected officials unfair to those who voted for them? Should those of us who don’t hold office be silent between elections? Do elected officials only have to listen to those who share their viewpoints?
I’m happy to pass on any of your thoughts to Mr. Smith. Or you can contact him directly. His email address is email@example.com. Who knows, his name might even be “Joe Smith.” Alternatively, he’s a Republican internet troll who spends his time sending unsigned emails to people he doesn’t like through an email address he created for that purpose.
I also received this email from Tena Markham:
“Tell crybabies(protestors) to get color book and crayons and play dough and pacifiers…”
I foolishly did try to write Tena a polite note, but the email address she listed on my blog’s contact page was fake. Is there some reason Republicans don’t like to use their real names and addresses when harassing strangers?