Letter to the Editor: One Bad Apple spoils the whole bunch

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A Rose Stinking of Deceit

Last Friday afternoon, as the Labor Day weekend began, I decided to review comments in NPJ beneath Joe Darby’s recent article. I agreed with his insights regarding technology-dependence in light of Hurricane Ida.

A previous reader seemed to minimize the scientifically well-proven fact that global warming is directly caused by extensive human use of fossil fuels, and, in jest, I suggested God must be rather angry for our greedy contempt for this planet. Extreme weather events such as melting glaciers, uncontrolled wildfires, unprecedented flooding, and present intense hurricanes might be interpreted, for those so inclined, as clear messages from The Creator to just knock it off, post-haste.

One reacting to my post seemed unable to understand how scientific methodology and overwhelming accumulated evidence informed both the vaccines/masking requirements as well as conclusions about the catastrophic impact of global warming. Blame God and Biden (or whatever Democrat the right-wing chooses for it’s scapegoat-of-the-month), not the oil companies and their Republican toadies. So be it.

I then discovered that someone was posting, under my Ishmael moniker, rather inept intellectually anemic comments–”babbling,” “meth-user,” “pro-trump,” etc.–no doubt to soil my brand (for what it’s worth) and sow confusion at NPJ. Who? Why? The who became obvious when I recalled the fake “Mike Casey” repeatedly demanding my name in earlier posts when his sadly inadequate responses to my points must have frustrated him. No doubt he intended to masquerade and disparage me in some way. At least the real Mike Casey, who had been protesting about this clown, was off the hook.

Speculating about why became much more revealing. The right-wing Republican agenda is very clear: if you can’t win elections, steal them. But first manipulate your legions of disaffected followers (because your policies have made them so) to believe fervently the last election was stolen (the lie of the worst sore-loser in American history). Then, using the bludgeon of state governments, pass laws to disenfranchise those likely to vote against your party and policies. Hide the fact the ruling elite you represent is in danger of losing power, and protect their status at all costs, even if it means destroying the U.S. Constitution while pretending to promote patriotism and “freedom.” Cowardly, deceitful, and manipulating with false information those unwilling to enlist objective third-party sources to verify or dispute your lies. Rely on the conservative base to remained chained to the untruths chanted at them by Carlson, Hannity, and Fox and Friends. Point fingers at the enemies already primed by repeated lies and distortions: socialists, liberals (who gave us social security, medicare, medicaid, clean air and water, safer work environments, etc.), “Antifa” (which doesn’t exist as an organization anyway). And use the “blame the reigning Democrat (Clinton, Obama, Biden)” mantra to distract from your own duplicity.

So fake “Mike Casey” accurately represents his right-wing ilk, but instead of hiding under a white sheet, lies and steals people’s names. When reason fails to persuade, scurry under the cloak of another’s identity.

/s/ The Real Ishmael

At NPJ, we believe that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that, as long as those opinions do not violate our rules of civility, anyone may make their opinions known in the comment section of an article. NPJ does not require its readers to use their proper names when posting comments. In recent weeks, however, NPJ has been experiencing issues with one person creating numerous (15 to be exact) screen names to post in the comments section. This individual has been creating screen names that are used by other individuals that post in the comments section, which has created issues that NPJ must address. Until NPJ can resolve this matter, the comment function has been disabled.


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