Time to contact your legisleeches.
I had to ruminate a bit before writing the following letter, which will be sent to the office of Virginia Senator Richard Saslaw, as well as being posted here and at the Liberty Zone. When 45superman emailed the story to me, I did something I don’t normally do. I took the time to chill out before eviscerating the petty little bastard and smearing his innards all over my driveway. However, a reply needs to be written. Saslaw is not my senator, and having read about his recent behavior, I’m convinced he shouldn’t be ANYONE’S senator.
First, the background via VCDL.
On Monday, Executive member John Pierce was in an elevator in the General Assembly building, participating in the VCDL Lobby Day. John was in the back of the elevator and at some point Democratic Senator Dick Saslaw of Fairfax County, who is the Senate Majority Leader, entered the elevator with a companion.
The Senator, not realizing that John with his large “Guns Save Lives” badge was in the back of the elevator, continued a loud conversation he was having with his companion.
In a clearly audible voice, Senator Saslaw said to his companion: “I see we’re debating a gun bill today. Half of the cast of Deliverance is in town.”
It doesn’t take a college degree to figure out to whom Saslaw was referring. Having never met a Second Amendment right infringement he didn’t love, Saslaw clearly thinks gun owners are a bunch of uneducated, inbred, toothless rednecks who find the flabby, hairy ass of Ned Beatty appealing. Errr…. not so much. I’m taking literary license, but you see my point. I’m fairly certain that by “half of the cast of Deliverance” didn’t refer to Burt Reynolds, Ronny Cox, Jon Voight or Ned Beatty, but rather to the inbred hillbillies who victimize them at gunpoint.
Saslaw doesn’t deny that he uttered the pejorative, but as a politician is wont to do, the smarmy little weasel tries to obfuscate the issue in order to squirm out of a potentially incendiary situation. It’s not as if he has the intestinal fortitude to actually admit having a dire case of foot-in-mouth disease. He simply fogs the issue with his own brand of bovine excrement.
In the following Washington Post blog, Saslaw doesn’t deny making the “Deliverance” statement, but asks how gun owners know it was referring to them.
Adding insult to injury, Saslaw said this about gun owners who might think that his “Deliverance” comments were aimed at them: “some people must have one hell of an inferiority complex.”
Given this behavior, I feel Dick needs to hear from me – and anyone else who wants to weigh in on the issue.
So without further delay…
It has come to my attention that you have about as much consideration and respect for Virginia’s gun owners as you do for something you must scrape off your shoe after having stepped in something foul. Apparently, those who consider the right to keep and bear arms critical to our freedoms are, according to you, inbred, uneducated, savage and crude. Apparently those of us who are responsible and courageous enough to take responsibility for our own safety are nothing but backwoods dimwits in your eyes.
Well, let me dispel that myth right now, Dick.
I understand you have a BS from the University of Maryland in economics, and you have two years’ Army service. How impressive. The rest of your time – the past 27 years has been spent sucking off the public teat, including the very gun owners whom you’ve been screwing throughout the duration of your “public service”.
I have a BS from the Johns Hopkins University in International Relations and I’m three classes away from my MA in International Security Studies from the American Military University. I have spent a total of ten years in the United States Army, and I’m both a broadcast and print journalist. I also speak several languages and have likely traveled much more than you and likely am much more informed about what goes on outside our borders than you. So I assure you, Dick, this gun owner and activist is hardly a clueless, violent inbreed.
This gun owner is, however, disgusted by your disrespect, disregard and lack of decorum for the very people who put you into office, and whose hard-earned dollars pay you to sit in Richmond and legislate their rights away. You are a bigot, Dick. You have this prejudice against those who believe guns are the last bulwark against tyranny. You think they’re uneducated, inbred thugs, who never leave their dilapidated shacks without their shotguns and their Skoal and who lie in wait in their fortified yards just waiting for the black helicopters to arrive and take them to government re-education camps.
I assure you, Dick, most of us are more educated, more successful in our career fields than you are and have more life experience outside the sheltered halls of state government buildings than you do. And guess what, Dick! You serve us. That’s right. You seem to have forgotten that little detail in your frothing zeal to paint us with the broad brush of the backwoods. We pay you. You serve us. Hence, the definition of “public servant.” And when you, the servant, become so enamored of your own position of supposed power, you feel the need to insult and belittle those who freely gave you authority in the first place, that’s when you become superfluous, and I suspect you know it.
And you claim WE have an inferiority complex???
The man who seeks power by pandering to the masses for votes and seeks to use that power to render the very people whom he serves defenseless against precisely his type of tyranny, while hurling insults at them for daring to oppose his petty tyranny strikes me as not merely having a miserable inferiority complex, but a severe lack of tact, graciousness and courtesy. That would be you, Dick.
But worse yet, your weaselly attempt to squirm out of an uncomfortable situation into which you have painted yourself, shows you to be a miserable coward, who doesn’t even have the testicular fortitude to admit his verbal gaffe and apologize.
God forbid you apologize to a bunch of inbreeds, right, Dick? After all, you’re so much smarter, more worldly and refined than they are, right? They don’t deserve your contrition, right?
Your lack of decorum, your heckling of citizens who come to voice their concerns, your insults and offensive characterizations paint you as a disrespectful, repugnant bigot, Dick. The fact that they continue to assemble peaceably and politely while you work on shredding their rights shows these alleged hillbillies to have much more class than you – a pathetic, self-important leech.
If you had a shred of integrity, you’d apologize and quietly slink away. Unfortunately, I know your ilk, and I know better, you sad excuse for a man. I fully expect you to continue hurling insults at gun owners in a lame attempt to divert attention from the fact that like most petty little tyrants, you’re an irrelevant, cowardly, mediocrity.
Luckily, most of us know our self worth and understand exactly just how inconsequential you are in the long run.