The trust fund slot machine. I just never hit the jackpot on one of these.

Indian Valley resident Bob Smith came on this web site last night and called me — along with others who agree with my position on the phony grassroots organization called The Tea Party — a “trust fund Obama supporter.”

Mr. Smith says: “I have watched for the last 40 years while self-hating elitists such as yourselves have systematically torn down the America I love and was was raised with.”

He adds: “The one thing I really like about you libs is that each and every one of you think you are the smartest one in the room, and you spend all of your time trying to prove it, rather than getting anything done – keep it up!   As for me, I’ll vote for cheap gasoline, big cars, Guns, God and Freedom every trip of the train, and if you don’t like it, tough, go tell it to the Marines!”

Trust fund Obama supporter? Self-hating elitist? Who the hell is this guy?

If Mr. Smith’s tirade is typical of the average tea party supporter then it’s no wonder they buy into the hype from an organization created by billionaire brothers who want to force their profiteering agenda on America.

For the record, Mr. Smith, if you can find my trust fund when I’d sure like to have it. It might come in handy now in my retirement years.  If you had taken a few seconds to do some research you might have discovered that I grew up on a farm here in Floyd County, worked full time for The Floyd Press while attending high school and held down two other part time jobs.  For two years, I took six hours of classes without a study hall and a year of summer school to graduate early so I could take an opportunity to work full time for The Roanoke Times while attending college.

Obama supporter? What planet have you been on, Mr. Smith?

On Oct. 15, I wrote this on my political web site:

The fact that Obama’s 23 point lead over Bush in public approval ratings is gone showcases what a monumental failure the great black hope has been at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Of course, he has had help — sheer incompetence from the so-called Democratic leaders in the House and Senate — but Obama’s complete and utter failure as President proves that great campaign speeches don’t make great leaders.

Obama continues a tradition of voter incompetence when it comes to picking leaders. No President in recent times will be remembered as a great head of state. Obama will go down in history as a black Jimmy Carter, Bush as a despotic President who lied his way into an impossible war, Clinton as a philanderer who preferred blowjobs to policy and Bush the first as a liar on taxes who said “read my lips” and ended up a one-termer when Americans did exactly that.

America is a screwed-up nation, led by screwed-up Presidents with help from a screwed-up Congress elected by screwed-up voters.

On Sept. 6, I wrote this:

Barack Obama promised change and a new way of doing things. Instead, we got the same old corruption (Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, Maxine Water, et. al).  Instead of reversing things, Obama piled on more of the same (no changes in the Patriot Act, continuation and expansion of warrantless wiretapping, etc.).

Does this sound like an Obama supporter to you Mr. Smith? Uh, Mr. Smith? Pay attention. There will be a pop quiz after class.

Self-hating? Those who know me best would say just the opposite. As a recovering alcoholic (16 years, four months and 20 days sober as this is written), hate is no longer part of my vocabulary or way of life.

I’ve served this country, Mr. Smith — more than once. I struggle to walk around today with cobbled-together ankles, bum knees and a lot of metal in my body because of that service.  I love this country and have the scars to prove it. Anybody who gets in my face and claims I don’t love my country had better have  good dental plan. You got that Mr. Smith?

Lib? How can a gun owner and hunter who believes in lower taxes, less government and states’ rights be a lib?

The next time you want to take me on Mr. Smith, try doing some research first and don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. You don’t have the slightest idea what you are talking about Mr. Smith. You came in here and showcased your ignorance about me and what this web site stands for.

Which makes you a perfect candidate for membership in the tea party.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Probably just some random goof who found the article through a search or one of the endlessly forwarded messages people keep sending around the Internet. He obviously hasn’t been reading your stuff for very long. And, he probably wasn’t worth the effort you put into your reply. I understand why you rebutted it all. Job well done.

  2. Pretty pathetic to be Bob Smith. What a sad, empty life he must have to spend his time ranting at people he doesn’t know about things that have no basis in reality. What’s really scary is that he’s out there on the roads in a big car…with a (or more than one) gun…and sharing breathing space with those of us who are just trying to do our jobs, pay our bills and take care of our families.

  3. Yes…when I read Mr. Smith’s post I was irate. But I said, “don’t comment” on this dude’s post because he doesn’t deserve your energy – and most likely won’t hear what you have to say anyway”.The Bob Smith’s of this nation are a dying breed….because there will come a point where we will have to take some responsibility for the problems we are facing and stop blaming others.

  4. Bob’s comments are so skewed and inaccurate that it would lead one to believe it’s a “spoof post” with the intention to simply aggravate the site host and readers that support his position on many issues. Everything he stated including the things he does support are non sequitur. I think “rio semione” summed it up best in that the guy doesn’t deserve the energy of a reply.

    In the event this guy is genuine then he’s a classic example of a “village idiot” going through life with a bucket on his head. / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. Bob Smith’s comments are a list of stereotypes. They certainly don’t apply to you, Doug, and only a few apply to me (and probably to the rest of the people he named).

    While I am definitely a political liberal (meaning that I advocate for the best interests of the vast majority of U.S. citizens), I wonder if Bob Smith would believe that I learned to shoot a rifle at age 10 and was hunting deer at that same age. In fact, I applied for membership in the NRA as soon as I learned to shoot a rifle — not knowing their political agenda. They rejected my application because, at that time, they did not accept females into their organization. I joke that the NRA is responsible for turning me into a liberal feminist. :>)

  6. Don’t waste your breath, Doug. Folks like Bob Smith are operating under an extreme and irrational snese of fear. That’s what scares me the most about the Tea Party movement…they operate from the same emotional base that causes folks to crash planes into buildings. Under the guise of patriotism (it’s really a sense of narrow nationalism…a true patriot is one who actually listens and weighs the evidence before acting), these folks over-simplify the issues, make bold, attention-grabbing statements without offering any palpable plan for our nation’s future. From what I can tell from their cries of “taking this nation back,” they want us to return to the 1950s…when whites were the clear majority, gays were hiding in closets, the line that differentiated us from our enemies (communists) was clearly drawn, and the American dream was two chickens in every pot and two gas-guzzling cars in every garage (a fantasy that we should come to understand as completely unsustainable!). I think many folks who are drawn to the Tea Party movement are in complete denial about the hue of our nation’s complexion…which we know in a couple of generations will be a shade of mocha. Folks like Bob Smith need a Copernicus moment–a realization that they aren’t the center of the universe.

  7. Sadly the “Bob Smith” types, complete with anger and blame, seem to want to “send a message,” instead of doing some good. People that want to send a message should write a letter, or talk with their legislators. Boucher, and his staff are into constituent services. Citizens that need help with the Fed have been able to present their case to a thoughtful person. Passports, small business assistance, Veterans issues, networking information Boucher’s team has put out, and he deserves our support for this. I haven’t agreed with his choices on many issues, but I respect the man and his judgment.

    Our vote is a powerful and protected tool for good.

    Doug’s article about TeaParty endorsement was on the money, and there has been plenty of hidden money tearing at the incumbents. Insurance largess, petro-dollars, and other funny corporate money is being spent to influence your vote with manipulated facts. Thoughtful voters will think twice about putting a Philadelphia lawyer on the nation’s business, with full lifetime benefits and his own agenda. Even the disaffected should be able to do the math and realize that effective representation benefits us far longer than a “message” cast in frustration over the fact that our economy, laws and culture have not kept up with changing circumstances. Change is inevitable, ask any farmer, we plant our best seeds and pray for a good crop. When I farmed large acreage, we called damage done in cultivation the “iron worm,” it does no good to grow a crop only to damage it in pursuit of the weeds.

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