by Andy Weddington
Tuesday, 15 December 2015
It's a crapshoot, publishing. Robert Gottlieb
For moving into the eighth year I've been at this commentary effort. And not with plan to continue this long nor to realize the ever-growing following - with representation from all continents (general tracking data reports).
Much I've learned but the clearest lesson is that when you publish and provide means for comment you never know whom may engage.
Oh, there's been some notes of cheer and compliment and celebration.
Too notes that chide and criticize and censure. One or two that threaten.
So it goes.
Sunday was an interesting day for reader comment.
On Twitter a young Frenchwoman - going by the partial moniker "ingrid" - retweeted a link for an online outlet, published by SocialVeterans, that republished one of my weekend commentaries. With some frequency, (my) silence as consent, they pick up commentary of interest to their readership.
Anyway, ingrid, clearly a patriot by her closing, wrote mostly in French but added, "Sorry for my approximate English." And she included #DDay
Approximate English? She (assuming) was understandable. I do not know any French; not even approximately. Some Spanish and on the lighter side of some.
Published in another online news outlet fairfaxfreecitizen.com/2015/12/13/31121/
"Lou" (whom I do not know) wrote in comment...
"I have never before thought of any President, no matter how incompetent (Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton spring to mind), as anything but thoroughly American and wanting the best for us all. That has changed. Our current Divider-in-Chief is a coward of the highest order and, I am convinced, a covert Muslim who clearly favors Islam over Christianity.
He says he is a Christian, just as he said marriage could be only the union of one man and one woman, because he feels the time is not right for him to come out of the religious closet. He went to a Madrassa in Indonesia and the Koran says once a Muslim always a Muslim, under penalty of death for leaving that religion. He throws open the doors for Muslim "refugees" while slamming it in the face of Syrian Christians being slaughtered. Connect the dots."
Dots connected a long time ago.
I, as do millions, agree, Lou.
Thank you, ingrid.
Yes, publishing is a crapshoot.
But publishing offers peace of mind for exercising civic duty to speak; freely and truthfully.
Remember, what is not exercised is either lost or taken away. That includes brain cells, muscles (including tongue), and rights (as outlined in the Bill of) afforded under our Constitution.
"Are you ready? Okay. Let's roll."
The closing quote - last audible words of Mr. Todd Beamer (leading the charge to attack the Muslim hijackers of United Airlines flight 93 on 9/11). Leadership! So is publishing (not under alias).