So, for all of my loyal readers, if not my adoring readers, this is the latest instalment in a series of post, documenting the lengths, to which some people will go, to silence opposition. As I have said in the previous two post under this title, this is larger than just an attack on one person, in this case me. The tactics that some people use to silence those who oppose them politically, in some cases, may border on extortion, but most assuredly, in my view, rise to the level of thug-like tactics.
In the past I have had cowardly anonymous actors, calling and writing the company I work for, and making wild accusations about my political activities. Unfortunately for these cowards, I am well-respected at my job, for the work I do, and the work ethic and integrity I bring to the job. Fail!
In another case, I had the police called on me falsely by members of the Sussex County GOP Executive Committee, to have me removed from a meeting. Why? Because I was openly critical of their actions. The false charges that were made against me, in calling the police were proven to be just that, false. Fail!
These attempts to silence me, go beyond just me, they demonstrate, in my view, a pattern of anger and aggression towards anyone who dares to disagree with the fringe elements of the Sussex GOP, of which I have been critical of in the past.
In all of this, I have shared my views and opinions of this element of the GOP. I have been called a liar, and just about every name the far right fringe can think of, which they feel will marginalize me. That is fine, I have chosen to place myself in the arena of public discourse. It is expected that some will disagree with me, some will be angered by that which I write.
Here at Delaware Right, since its inception, we have challenged all to come here and have a conversation. We have offered guest post to, and actually posted articles from, some of our strongest opposition. We do not censor ideas here.
I say this because there has been another attack on the idea of freedom of speech leveled at me, but one which carries far-reaching implications.
Now before some scholar shows up to inform me that my Constitutional Right to Freedom of Speech can only be infringed upon by a government entity, I know that. However, when you consider that the three people listed in this letter, either are, or have been, political public figures, then the attempt to silence political speech through threats such as have been leveled in this letter, should frighten all.
Mr. Calabro was the Chairman of a political party. In that position he would have the ability to mold and select candidates for office. Mr. Ayotte has run for a seat on the Sussex County Council, and also for State Representative, and has recently been chosen as the Chairman of the Indpendent Party of Delaware. Ms. Lafferty is currently stating that she is running for the highest office in the state of Delaware, the seat of the governor. (As a side note, the attorney, Anthony N. Delcollo is also a Republican candidate for the 7th Senatorial District of Delaware.)
My first inclination in writing this post was to tear apart all of their fictitious claims. To point out that they are all public figures, by choice, and to state my case. Instead, I want all to see the larger danger here. If elected officials, or those who seek office, are willing to go to such lengths to silence political opposition when running for office, one can only imagine what they might do if elected and actually empowered with authority, to go to even greater lengths to silence their political opposition.
It is because of these tactics, these types of actions, by so many on the far right fringe, that I have been such a vocal opponent. I have written about that which I have witnessed, that I have heard first hand, and have publicized documentation of such behavior which has been given to me by confidential sources.
The irony should not be lost, that all three of these people, self describe themselves as conservatives, and are fond of throwing around words and phrases such as, “We The People”, “We Own It”, “Constitutional’ this and that.
I have openly opposed these people in regards to their politics.
And for this, I have been targeted for attacks on my livelihood, I have had my reputation called into question, and now this latest attempt to silence me. Fail!