Thursday, February 09, 2006

Is This The Writings of a "Squish"?

This was my letter to my school newspaper which will be published tomorrow. To the Purple Tide- I am writing to express my frustration with your newspaper. I have felt that the past few issues of the paper have been biased, and to me the paper has lost all credibility. In the December issue of the Purple Tide, you all ran an article on the persecution of Muslim students at Chantilly. Well to me, you all turned right around in that paper, and spat on all the Christian students at Chantilly. I did not see one mention of Christmas in the paper, nor Christmas mentioned on the calendar. As the majority of Chantilly students are Christian, I would have imagined you would at least discussed the holiday. In the most recent issue, I was appalled at the article by Hayley Stewart titled “The Pledge of Allegiance”. First off your paper is given out to a mass of public school students. Public schools are paid for by the government. Thus-without the country, they would not exist, and your liberal views could not be heard. The various quotes you have from students “refusing to stand for the pledge” simply express to me those students dislike of their country. Millions of Americans have died defending that flag, the flag of freedom, and for your paper to give those disrespectful students the time of day is upsetting. You quote students who say “more people would be willing to show their patriotism to the county if they just that stupid phrase”(under god). What kind of tolerance is your paper showing now? That “stupid phrase” is respected and revered by an overwhelming majority of Americans. America was founded on Judeo-Christian values, and by quoting such derogatory comments, you all are making a direct assault on God. These students pretend to me “open-minded” , well calling my faith in God a “stupid phrase” is very, very close minded. I hope as the quoted students, and The Purple Tide staff grows older, you will grow out of your rebellious phase, and come to realize the significance of the flag and the pledge of allegiance. My family fought and died during World War II defending that flag, and anyone in this nation who does not wish to stand and appreciate it, has problems in my book. Your paper has lost all credibility as an unbiased organization, and I hope in the future you all will stop pushing your rebellious agenda on the entire student population, and talk about stories a majority of people wish to hear. ..and next year, put Christmas on the calendar. Sincerely, Vincent Thoms Chantilly SAC Representative Chantilly Republican President


At 2/09/2006 08:57:00 PM, Blogger Seth Wynd said...

Stumbled across this while hitting that "Next Blog" button up at the top. Figured I'd say a few things.

First of all, there's a 99% chance they will. Oddly enough there are studies that have been done showing that a majority of the population tends to be liberal when they're young; then slowly become conservatives as they grow older.

If you really want to piss them off, next time they claim to be "unbiased", point out that it is technically impossible to be unbiased on anything ^-^

Anywho, good luck with that. Doubt it'll do anything, but at least you can work at it and become an incredible annoyance to them (which is /always/ good, it's a sign that they don't like what they're hearing).

At 2/09/2006 08:57:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

Your family fought and died to defend the pledge of allegiance??

Wow, that was an idiotic thing to die for.

At 2/09/2006 09:05:00 PM, Blogger too conservative said...


well its published in tomorrows paper, so it's too late for that.

At 2/09/2006 09:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edit and focus the letter.

Can you use the word "all" any more times in the 1st paragraph?

At 2/09/2006 09:10:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

"close minded"-nice english

To TC, "tolerance" is respecting the wishes of the majority, and not voicing minority views.

At 2/09/2006 10:57:00 PM, Anonymous Stephen said...

No, but this is.

At 2/10/2006 12:57:00 AM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

TC, you are fortunate that my previous response was lost to an "eblogger maintenance" cycle.

This letter is HORRIBLE. It is offensive, it makes republicans look bad, it is mean-spirited. It is poorly written, and I can't believe the Chantilly Republicans got together and voted for the positions you have taken on your behalf in this sorry letter. It is exactly the letter we'd expect from the stereotypical ignorant religious-right republican.

If you are going to write as a representative of a republican organization, please spend a little time in English class learning to write, and go back and talk to your parents about civility and tolerance, because you've forgotten whatever it is they taught you.

If muslim students are being mistreated in school, the paper should cover it. Your complaint sounds like muslim-bashing, like intolerance toward religion, and equating hate directed at muslims with your petty perceived offense because they didn't put christmas on the calender makes you look like one of those liberals who gets offended at nothing and screams about it (not to mention that it seems daffy to complain that they didn't tell you when christmas was).

Your pettiness and bigotry obscured the only rational point you made (well, also your lack of grammar skills) -- students should stand for the pledge. They shouldn't be forced to say it, but out of respect for the country they should stand respectfully.

If nothing else, could you at least promise never to use the phrase: "given out to a mass of public school students" again.

While I don't want to take too much "offense", there is only so much abuse our language can endure.

I am serious. This letter is offensive, rude, bigoted, small-minded, and intolerant. Rather than get a message across, it will contribute to the image of republicans that will keep us from winning elections. You could well turn a school full of impressionable children into democrats with this one thoughtless diatribe.

I recommend you try to get it withdrawn, or write up a more gramatically correct apology. It should also make clear you were not speaking for your organization -- resigning your position might help convince people of that.

If this IS the position of your organization, our party is in worse trouble than I could possibly have imagined.

At 2/10/2006 01:39:00 AM, Blogger Willis said...

Wow. CT brings down the hammer. This should get interesting.

At 2/10/2006 08:42:00 AM, Anonymous MOM said...

Critically, you nailed it this time. The letter is offensive, poorly structured and grammatically incorrect. Perhaps if TC spent more time on his studies (for the life of me I can't fathom how the school allows a student to miss so many days)who would be able to draft a cogent letter. Moreover, the letter assumes a posture that he has frequently attacked (see Dick Black) a posture that exemplifies TC's greatest handicap, namely, his inability to see the big picture. He rails about far-far-right wing conservatives destroying the party by offending the moderates of NOVA brand of Republicans and then proceeds to offend all manner of thoughtful people with an ill-conceived diatribe.

At the risk of repeating myself yet again, this exemplifies the problem with this blog, its credibility, an attribute which has been in a steady decline.

You can not however hold TC responsible for this as he is merely an adolescent without the benefit of considerable life experience. The behavior of a number of his advocates on this blog and several of the co-owners is however reprehensible as they encourage and nurture it. Similarly, the tacit approval of his focus on politics by both the school and his parents is equally reprehensible and the content, structure and grammar of his letter illustrate the consequences of inadequate supervision.

TC, you better get your act together before you get to Baylor or your future won't involve pumping hands on the Hill but rather pumping gas on the corner.

At 2/10/2006 10:05:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...

ya'll are nuts.

Apparently-no matter what I do, you two will continue to make false accusations, and stupid comments.

so whatever.

mom-if I was so stupid, I wouldnt have gotten into Baylor..

maybe if you all said ANYTHING that was true EVER there would be some credit to your names.

At 2/10/2006 10:20:00 AM, Blogger too conservative said...


please just dont ever talk about republicans losing elections.

you are like pandoras box-releasing nothing but negative energy.

This letter no where slams Muslim students, and in fact the purpose is that everyone should be tolerated.

I come Christmas on the calendar!

If you wanted to send me your address CT..I would be happy to send your wife a present.

For putting up with you for years on end.

At 2/10/2006 10:42:00 AM, Blogger Waltzing Matilda said...

TC- What your letter lacks in grammar it more than makes up for in passion. I think that your sentiments are right on. Students should be required to stand, even if they refuse to say the Pledge of Allegiance. This country has been on a slippery slope of lost civility and manners for years. There are times when you have to stand and be respectfully silent and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is one of those occasions. As far as Christmas goes, you were correct to point out the paper’s hypocrisy. Apparently, you can still be “open minded” and bash Christians as long as you say everyone else is great or not great in the case of “under God.”

I would suggest that next time you have someone proof read your work, but don’t let go of your passion.

As for CT- Suggesting that TC resign his position or simply take himself and his organization out of the argument is ludicrous. It is increasingly hard for me to take your criticisms of hard working Republicans and the direction in which they are leading our party, when, by your own admission, your greatest contribution is pontification and making a once a year effort to vote. As for being “offensive, rude, bigoted, small-minded, and intolerant,” maybe he learned it from reading your responses.

At 2/10/2006 02:31:00 PM, Anonymous Rtwng Extrmst said...


I know you've received alot of negative input on this already, but I think you should have given yourself a little time to decompress before you submitted it. Rantings on blogs are one thing, but a published newspaper is another (even a school newspaper). You should take better care before you write in such a way. Learn the lesson of Chris Craddock.

At 2/10/2006 04:38:00 PM, Blogger Elle said...

ok, TC, I was going to rant at you about your repeated references to what the majority wants and the fact that you didn't point out specifically why the story on the persecution of Muslim students was problematic. and, i was going to rail at you about this need many Chrisians have now to "defend" God and ourselves--despite the persecution complex some of us have developed and seem intent on making others see, it isn't like Jesus and his followers haven't weathered far harsher times and places than 21st century, majority Christian, wealthy America.

i was going to do all that, til i read the comments. talk about crabs in a bucket! way to pull one of your own down, guys. and a teenager, no less--you must be pretty proud. so, of course, my comments are changing. i missed TC's proclamation that he was perfect, inerrant, and infallible--funny, i thought he reserved those adjectives for another Guy we all know.

TC was offended. And rather than cuss and fuss and do nothing, he sat down and wrote a letter. A letter with which I have issues and a letter that contains errors, but he did something. From the reports on this blog, the kid is always doing something. He's escaped the apathy that plagues so many of my students (I'm an adjunct in US history) and the country at large. Shame on you for attacking him.

Yes, he could've proofread and edited--but you couldn't have pointed that out w/o calling for his resignation and casting aspersions on his intelligence? (And, btw, TC doesn't have as much work to do on his grammatical skills as many of his college-attending peers in Texas and the country at large. The responses to my essay exams almost invoke tears.)

As far as the title of the post (re: squish), TC, be true to your principles and to God. That's all that matters. The fringes on both sides are so far out of touch with the mainstream, that it's scary--especially since it's the far-far-whatever that get the attention.

So next time, go over your letter with a fine-toothed comb. You'll find that your writing and your ideas will become clearer and more refined as you get older--so you're doing ok, kid. But don't lose the passion that waltzing matilda speaks about and don't let other, harshly critical know-it-alls beat it out of you. And, though I do so hate you're on the other side, keep writing.

At 2/10/2006 05:03:00 PM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

I don't mind that he wrote a letter. I mind that the letter is signed as if it is the official proclamation of the "Chantilly Republicans". Which will mean people will say it represents the views of the "Republican Party".

When it doesn't. I am a member of that party, and I know we never held a vote in OUR committee about this, and if we did we would soundly reject this type of incendiary language.

Mom, I think you are too condescending of TC. He may be young, but he has a blog, he has worked for several losing candidates, he has an internship with a senator, and he is a force within the republican party. He can fend for himself, and I DO hold him personally accountable for his actions -- he is no puppet.

I find it odd for a commenter to praise TC for his passion, but attack others for their passion about his note.

I was overly harsh. But his letter infuriated me. Not only because I found it offensive, but moreso because it feeds into the entire image of the republican party that so many of the moderates are painting in order to force the conservatives out.

And because it looks like an official proclamation, it will be taken as such, and all of us who call ourselves republican will be tarred with this offensive and ill-conceived diatribe.

At 2/10/2006 05:06:00 PM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

BTW, I've never called TC a squish. I probably have used the term before, but I don't really have much use for it, or for the "rino" term either.

My beef with what TC writes is based on the substance of each issue, not about any useless moniker some might want to attach to the messenger in order to avoid dealing with the message.

At 2/10/2006 05:23:00 PM, Anonymous MOM said...

Critically, by and large I agree with the preponderance of your arguement but with regard to holding TC personally accountable, I believe we will have to respectfully agree to disagree.

My condescending attitude has more to do with the sense of entitlement TC displays, a sense that is all too prevalent in those under the age of 35 and most obvious in those still not old enough to legally purchase their first bottle of Boone's Farm. At that stage in my life (and I suspect yours), young volunteers and activists were generally respectful and learned the workings of the party through quiet observation and doing as instructed, gradually being given more and more responsibility. Carrying out the party's plans and not being so presumptious as to try and mold policy.

In the instant case we have a youth whose ideals and intentions may be in the right place but whose ego and sense of entitlement are being encouraged by those whose positions benefit from his rants and inability to engage in rational debate. Look carefully at the spectrum of people who support him and attack any who would question his motives. Look also at some of the questionable assertions he makes, $1000 month intern job on the Hill, most interns don't make that in 3 months and they do it full time.

No, TC is a creation of those who should be wiser; not a force but rather a nova that will likely crash and burn through his own unfortunate utterances.

At 2/10/2006 06:15:00 PM, Blogger Willis said...

TC- idiots get into college all the time.

You remind me alot of Craddock. Crash and burn, baby!!!

At 2/12/2006 01:19:00 AM, Blogger criticallythinking said...

Waltzing Matilda:

I realise I have taken a leap of judgment in presuming that the "Chantilly Republicans" didn't have a vote on this letter. Presuming I am correct, and further presuming that such an organization would reject the soft bigotry of the letter were it pointed out, my suggestion is what I would say to anyone who voices a personal opinion but claims the voice of the organization in doing so.

I can pretty much expect that if he wrote such a letter during the Lt. Governor campaign, and had signed it as coming from the "Connaughton for Lt. Governor" campaign, he would have been dismissed, and the campaign would have published a letter apologizing and disavowing the letter.

There were several issues regarding the letter, and this one was the most important -- that you can't just substitute your personal opinion for that of an organization, even if you are the president.

I reject your claim that my posts are generally “offensive, rude, bigoted, small-minded, and intolerant.”

I try very hard to not be personally offensive, which means to keep focused on the issues involved rather than the personalities (which is why I don't treat TC differently because of his age, or dismiss a person's argument by labelling them). I try to minimize personal attacks, and don't use foul language or scatalogical or offensive references. I certainly am not looking to make bigoted arguments. And simply reading this blog, and all the comments, in order to respond, shows my supreme tolerance of other beliefs (tolarance meaning to put up with, not to agree with).

That said, feel free at any time to point out anything I have said that you find rude, offensive, bigoted, or intolerant, and I will either defend or apologize for the comments.



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