Here is a letter from my friend Rob Hewitt that appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Thank you, President Bush! Thank you for having the courage to make unpopular decisions. Thank you for pursuing the War on Terror. Thank you for supporting freedom. Thank you for supporting our military. I am proud to celebrate this success along with our president and our military.
ROB HEWITT, RICHFIELD
Here is how it was written (emphasis supplied):
Thank you President Bush! Thank you for having the courage to make unpopular decisions. Thank you for pursuing the War on Terror. Thank you for supporting freedom. Thank you for supporting our Military. As Liberals continue to celebrate failure, I am proud to celebrate this success along with our President and our Military.
Why the edit? It certainly was not for space considerations. And it wasn't directed at a specific person such that it could be considered libel. Apparently it is OK to praise President Bush, but you must never criticize liberals.
On another note, here is my letter to the Minnesota Lawyer (subscription required):
Letter to the Editor: Greg Wersal: Hero or joker?
By Peter Swanson | June 12, 2006
To the editor: This is in response to Mark Cohen’s commentary (“Sometimes a retreat is just a retreat” in the June 5 issue) on the Campaign Finance Board complaint filed by Greg Wersal. Mark Cohen complains that Greg Wersal is “filing complaints at the least little provocation” and “aiming his harpoon at mosquitoes.” I wonder if he applies the same standard to the complaints filed against Wersal?
Wersal withdrew his candidacy for the Minnesota Supreme Court in 1996 after a complaint had been filed with the Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board (later dismissed). In 2000, a judge filed a contempt of court motion against Wersal, but dismissed it less than a week after Wersal lost in his race against Supreme Court Justice James Gilbert. Throughout the 2000 election season, nearly a dozen ethics complaints were filed against Wersal who, in turn, filed four of his own. All this for a candidate who was going to lose anyway.
Cohen compares Wersal to Captain Ahab in Moby Dick. I think a more apt analogy is Batman. The Joker killed Bruce Wayne’s parents, starting Wayne on a career in crime fighting. The Caped Crusader later returned the favor by foiling a chemical plant burglary and causing the Joker to become disfigured. In the 1989 film version, Batman tells his nemesis, “You made me,” to which the Joker responds, “You made me.”
People may differ on whether Greg Wersal is a hero or a joker, but it is clear that he is reacting to his treatment at the hands of the legal community. If members of the bar had not been so quick to file charges against Wersal, maybe he would not be returning the favor today. And with all the legal community hand-wringing over RPM v. White, maybe we all could heed Cohen’s advice to “find a hobby.”
— Peter Swanson, Minneapolis
I will have more on the context of this letter in a future post. Yes, I did talk about the Joker in this blog, previously. As if you, the reader, have never repeated yourself. Gimme a break.