From: Redwood Progressive
Sent: Tue, 2 Oct 2007 4:27 pm
Subject: My Word by Jake Pickering on Arkley
Money isn't everything, Mr. Arkley
My Word by Jake Pickering
Eureka Times Standard
According to the Times-Standard's Sept. 22 edition, far right-wing foreclosure king Rob Arkley Jr. cravenly continues his personal silence regarding Arkley's recent felonious physical assault of Eureka City Council member Larry Glass.
At least King Arkley has excused his Security National serfs from local media mop-up detail in favor of the Arkley clan's newly appointed spokesliar from Contra Costa County, Steven Glazer, whose asinine attempt to label Larry Glass an “insurgent in this war” is several steps beyond the pale of civil discourse.
As if Arkley's threats against Councilmember Glass weren't enough already!
Why should anyone in our community -- except for those sycophants who receive their paychecks from King Arkley personally (including the entire staff of Arkley's Eureka Reporter newspaper) -- be surprised that a billionaire Republican bully with an anger management problem would attempt to libel and discredit a perceived political opponent by the use of the loaded phrase “insurgent?”
Perhaps the confused conservative Rob Arkley Jr. could use a vocabulary lesson.
Please pay attention, Mr. Arkley....
The term “insurgent” is defined as: “Rising in revolt against established authority, especially a government” or “rebelling against the leadership of apolitical party.”
I, Jake Pickering, could rightly be called “an insurgent” as I have publicly rebelled against the ineffective “leaders” of my Democratic Party, having gone so far as to challenge conservative Blue Dog Congressman Mike Thompson to either support the impeachment of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, or to expect progressive populist opposition in the June 2008 Democratic primary.
However, Eureka City Council member Larry Glass is definitely not “an insurgent.” The voters of Eureka elected Larry Glass to be part of the “established authority” in Eureka municipal government, whether King Arkley likes it or not!
Is Rob Arkley unaware of the voters' decision? Or is King Arkley giving himself away by his aggressive authoritarian actions, proving that Arkley does in fact fancy himself and all of his inherited riches as the “established authority” in Humboldt County?
Having contributed millions of dollars to the Republican Party and some of the most reprehensible right-wing political candidates in our nation's living memory (even including hundreds of thousands of dollars donated personally by Arkley's young, pampered heiresses Elizabeth and Allison), it is no wonder why Rob Arkley is in such a foul mood. Just look at the opinion polls. Even King Arkley's inherited riches can't save the hapless and hopeless Republican Party now!
Mr. Arkley, if you insist on using dangerously loaded language to label your political opponents, then at least have the intelligence to use the language correctly.
For instance, the definition of the word “terrorism” is: “The calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to obtain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature, that is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear.”
The only reason this definition of “terrorism” doesn't fit Rob Arkley's violent actions against Larry Glass is because council member Glass, having been elected, is no longer a mere civilian.
In addition, the definition of “fascist” is: “A reactionary or dictatorial person.”
Take a good, long look in the mirror now. Sound like anyone you know, King Arkley?
Rob Arkley, try as he might, will never transform Eureka into his “fascist” fiefdom. Arkleyville is dead on arrival.
I remain confident that the good people of Eureka will stand up for their democratic rights and defend their community against the billionaire bully from Baton Rouge, no matter how many threats King Arkley makes.
Money isn't everything, Mr. Arkley. Community is. Power to the people!
Jake Pickering is a candidate for the Humboldt County board of Education and resides in Eureka.
Opinions expressed in My Word pieces do not necessarily represent the editorial opinion of the Times-Standard.
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OH MY GOD! He's running for the Board of Education!