OK, time for a little local flair, here so any of you who are outside the area please bear with me while I address a matter close to home. Literally.
As I’ve already written about here, the Washington Metro is in the process of building a new line, the Silver Line, out from the existing system to Dulles Airport and beyond. There is considerable conflict out here in Loudoun regarding that “and beyond” part, specifically the 2 stations currently on the map that extend past Dulles Airport, the ones at Route 606 and Route 772/Ryan Road. That’s all well and good. This is a large project and an important decision. We should be having a serious and comprehensive debate on the matter.
I do not approve of having people drag that into my Church.
The Supervisor representing the Algonkian District is Suzanne Volpe. Suzanne happens to be a parishioner at my Church. That fact does not justify the papering of every parishioners’ car during Mass this morning with a “Letter to Suzanne Volpe” urging her to “be strong” and vote against Loudoun’s opting in to the Silver Line. We are a Church, not some public venue, and there are laws keeping us from commenting, as a Church, on all matter of political issues. That we are engaged in our religious observance – we call it the Mass, by the way – is not an invitation to start spraying your political messages all over us. We are there to engage in worship of God, not to park rolling spam-boxes in spaces to allow you a convenient soapbox.
To make the unethical truly dishonorable, you gutless cowards couldn’t even stand behind your words. No identification of who it was that felt the need to litter on our personal vehicles and on the Church’s private property, no ability to address directly the people who write this clearly biased and ridiculously ill-supported drivel. If you’re so proud of Mrs. Volpe and you’re so convinced of the correctness of your cause, why are you skulking around in the dark? Why are you so afraid of standing up and being recognized?
It’s because you know what you did was unjustifiable and unacceptable. That’s why you don’t want anyone to know you were responsible.
I would love to engage with you on the subjects you raise. The smarmy little snide comments like your use of a deliberate strikeout to hurl insults at fellow Republicans (I’m assuming you’re Republicans, but I wouldn’t know since you’re too busy hiding) on the board: “Recently, you [Mrs. Volpe] fought worked alongside your fellow Board members…” That comment was about the lowering of the tax rate here in Loudoun, passed by the Board. What, you think Mrs. Volpe had to “fight” her fellow Republicans on that? Which ones? When? That’s a critical accusation but, like most of the rest in this little handbill you leave it unsupported.
The little crack about “our Attorney General and soon to be Governor, Mr. Cuccinelli…” shows me your concern and attention isn’t on the election we’re holding in 5 months, but on the continued attempt at canonization of Mr. Cuccinelli. I like Ken, personally, and I voted for him, but you know Bill Bolling’s not out of this yet. Nor should he be. Nor should we be concerning ourselves with that just yet, not when we have a national election to worry about and Frank Wolf is stil needing to be re-elected this year.
But the part that makes fire shoot out of my eyes is the snarky little “…the only right answer is very clear to all genuine conservatives” horseshit. Yes, I’m calling it horseshit because that’s what it is. As if your narrow-minded, one-issue abomination of conservatism is the defining factor, here, and that there’s no way, no chance that someone might actually have a reasonable disagreement with you. I expect that crap from Occupy Wall Street and the Democratic Underground. I expect a helluva lot better from so-called conservatives.
You want to be taken seriously? Stand up out of the shadows and have the conviction to be associated with your own words. Come prepared to actually debate the facts logically, not fling the ad hominem crap I’m seeing on this letter. And how about you stay focused on the task in front of you, leave off all the little side-show nonsense.
And, regardless, quit sneaking into my Church’s parking lot and throwing trash all over the place! We’re there for more important matters, not to deal with the politics of the day. You’ve got the other 6 days of the week and everywhere else in Loudoun to press your issues. Leave us who are attending Mass alone.