As the Sixteenth Most Influential Political Blogger in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia, it occurs to me that it might be worthwhile to take a quick gander at some other political blogs in the neighborhood. Survey the competish.
Sunday's Washington Post carried -- on its front page, no less -- a profile of one Greg Letiecq, who blogs under the bewilderingly infantile monicker Black Velvet Bruce Li.
Mr. Letiecq appears to have been somewhat instrumental in lobbying for a Prince William County ordinance that would set in motion measures to "deny services to illegal immigrants and sharply increase immigration enforcement by police." This ordinance has now been taken up by the Board of Supervisors of my own county of Loudoun, spearheaded by Sup. Eugene Delgaudio, who gives every impression of a man who, when he awakens each morning, immediately ponders what innovation might permit him to behave even more loathsomely than he did yesterday. (Fascinatingly, I attempted to link to an article on this Delgaudio blister in Wikipedia, only to find it had been removed. Not edited, or marked as "controversial." Just gone. Huh. I can only conclude that nothing polite can be said about him. Ah, well. MSM Time.)
I suppose there's nothing quite so depressingly predictable as a pandering local politician in full bay in an election year. But while pointing and shrieking Other! at an almost completely defenseless group in your midst never lost votes among the thick-necked Jocko Homo set, it's something quite different to devote quite a few of your waking hours to this pursuit. This is borderline psychotic behavior.
Not to mention incredibly unhelpful.
The rhetoric coming from both Letiecq and Delgaudio -- and, quite depressingly, echoed in the Letters to the Editor column in the local papers -- is shot through with eye-wateringly blatant racism. "Help Save Manassas," he titles his organization -- as if Manassas were an eighteen-year-old white virgin about to be gang-raped by a ravening horde of vatos locos with machetes and tamale breath. We've heard this kind of rhetoric before, and it never ended pretty.
If Letiecq wants a Prince William County where the police are constrained to demand proof of citizenship at every traffic stop performed on a person suspected of Driving While Brown, if he wants a Northern Virginia where operating a weed-whacker in a public commons is grounds for immediate extradition, that's fine. He's entitled to his opinion.
But I'm entitled to mine, too: Greg Letiecq is a racist, fascist little fuck-chest.
(Umberto Eco article linked to above found at "Rush, Newspeak and Fascism: An exegesis" by David Niewert, and I highly, highly recommend it.)