I ran into my state representative, Melissa Rooker of Fairway, last spring at the Johnson County Republican presidential caucus at Shawnee Mission East,..
I told her I was the author of a widely circulated (in Topeka!) kcconfidential post showing her as one of the three “weird sisters” from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, along with her fellow GOP mod-squaders, legislators Barbara Bollier and Stephanie Clayton.
(The photo used to illustrate the post was of a stage production of the play, depicting three witches, with a caption which read, “Melissa Rooker, R-Fairway; Barbara Bollier, R- Mission Hills; and Stephanie Clayton, R- Overland Park; address the Mainstream Coalition on school finance.”)
What I got in response was a snarled; “Yeah, I know who you are! Unlike you, we moderates try to be polite and respectful to our opponents!”
I laughed to myself and thought of all the times that Rooker’s overlords at “Moderate, Inc.”—the political old guard which ran local and state politics for so long*—sought to destroy me politically and professionally.
*Consider that Ed Eilert, Chairman of the Johnson County Commission and former mayor of Overland Park, has held office for 40 years, which means he will soon surpass the record of another machine boss, Mayor-For-Life of Albany, New York, the late Erastus Corning, 2nd, who was in office from 1942 to 1982.
This punishment was meted out by members of the mod squad, through its auxiliary units like the KC Star and the Mainstream Coalition.
My high crime was expressing my beliefs through press releases, letters to the editor, and running political ads at election time. Specifically, the late William Nelson, president of Boatmens’ Bank, and various senior editors of the Star, called the managing partners of law firms where I worked and threatened to pull their businesses’ legal work unless I was silenced with the threat of firing.
I thought of this recently when I came across the following quote from an essay in the Claremont Review of Books:
“Progressive regimes demand that persons who express themselves in public (or even in private) affirm any and all things that pertain to the regime’s identity lest they lose access to jobs or privileges and be exposed to the shunning or ire of regime supporters- if not treated as criminals.” The Rise of Political Correctness, Angelo M. Codevilla, C.R.B., vol. XVI, Number 4, Fall 2016.
How frightening this can be in reality only becomes clear when I remembered the case of my friend “Bob”(not his real name), a real estate agent and appraiser.
Ten years ago Bob and I ran a spoof of the high-tech hate group formerly known as the Mainstream Coalition. (They’d let their corporate name registration lapse with the Secretary of State). As a result, we were subjected to a campaign of harassment by the Mainstream, including the usual complaints to our employers, as well as hundreds of anonymous phone calls to our homes and businesses, some even from the oleaginous founder of Mainstream, the blow dried Elmer Gantry, “Dr.” Bob Meneilly. (“Shirley and I just wanted to . . . . . . . .)
The calls stopped within 15 minutes of my filing criminal charges against Meneilly and the Mainstream executive director with the Prairie Village Police Department.
The voices of moderation – the self-described” Vital Center” – were not done with us yet, however.
“Persons unknown” (as we say in the law) then wrote the Kansas State Real Estate Commission, purporting to be the local office manager of the real-estate brokerage which employed Bob. They reported that Bob had died and that his real estate license should be canceled.
They then drafted forged letters in my name and my wife’s name, and in the name of another friend and political ally of Bob’s. They sent these forged letters to Bob’s employer, alleging that he was selling real estate without holding a license.
At the same time, they forged yet another letter, supposedly from the chairman of the Kansas State Real Estate Commission. This letter, stating that Bob was under investigation for various illegal acts, was sent to the C.E.O. of Bob’s corporate employer, requesting that he immediately be suspended from his job.
Each of those forged documents was carefully drafted to sound like the supposed authors, using language appropriate to business correspondence, consumer complaints, and government regulatory enforcement. The letter to Bob’s employer’s C.E.O. even had the state seal on its letterhead to make it look official. The drafters were also careful not to sign the purported author’s names, in the mistaken belief that this kept the four letters from being forgeries.
However, a forgery is defined as: “the false making or material altering of any writing which, if genuine, might apparently be of legal efficacy or the foundation of a legal liability” in Black’s Law Dictionary. In other words, a letter can be a forgery without a forged signature.
Whoever went after my friend had committed at least four criminal acts of forgery, each of which is a felony under Kansas law. Moreover, by impersonating a state government official, they committed an additional criminal act. The aim, of course, was to fraudulently get Bob’s real estate license cancelled and to get him fired from his job, with the ultimate aim of taking away his ability to earn a living, as well as subjecting him to liability for various regulatory violations.
In conclusion, one has to ask why anyone would go to such extreme lengths to punish someone for merely expressing political beliefs different than theirs. I think the answer can be found in this statement from Codevilla:
“America’s progressive rulers, like France’s, act less as politicians gathering support than as conquerors who enjoy punishing captives without worry that the tables may turn.” Ibid.
That there is no risk to you as a moderate Republican or progressive Democrat for breaking the law in connection with politics is abundantly clear.
You can leak people’s records from the KU Medical Center (Larry Winn III), let private attorneys working for the City of Overland Park be used to dig up dirt on an opponent (Ed Eilert), use municipal funds and other resources to send out endorsements of your political allies (Mission Hills Mayor Rick Boeshaar on behalf of Barbara Bollier, Sue Wolf and Melissa Rooker) with absolute impunity.
The legal and political Establishments of the state are wholly owned subsidiaries of Moderate, Inc. and those crooked politicians know they will never be held accountable. My friend Bob’s situation is a perfect example. Even though it took weeks of phone calls, letters and face-to-face meetings to get his real estate license reinstated and his job saved, the Commission refused to do any investigation of who had perpetrated this sadistic hoax.
Not surprisingly his employer to this day – 10 years after the incident I’ve described – continues to be contacted by people trying to get him fired because of his politics.
“No harm, no foul” is an easy attitude to take if you’re not the victim of five criminal acts, as well as an elaborate scheme of civil fraud and tortious interference with contract.
On the other hand, as the essayist Codevilla notes; “Insulting people who are not permanently disempowered is fun-but of the expensive, dangerous kind, because it engenders at least as much sullenness and revolt as submission.” He concludes; “By pushing P.C., defined as inflicting indignities, the progressives destroyed the legitimacy of any and all authority, foremost their own.”
Codevilla maintains, “The point is not Trump.”
No, the point is Trump, and Brownback and Kobach.
The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Establishment leaves voters precious little choice between those who defend a corrupt and repressive status quo and those who would disrupt it. (No matter how distasteful the latter are!)
Yale computer science Professor David Gelernter-now on Trump’s short list as his Science Advisor-said on October 14, 2016, that he was tempted to throw a gin bottle through the window i.e. vote for Trump as a disruption and repudiation of political correctness. The “moderates” and “progressives” have only themselves to blame for this unfortunate situation.