Nothing in my 50-year career prepared me for the thousands of flaming e-mails I got last week over my last column, e-mails so abusive and many so obscene that part of The Post's Web site was shut down.
Well, Ms. Howell, welcome to OUR world.
As a blogger on the right side of the political spectrum, I have been receiving obscene email and comments from your side on a daily basis for more than a year -- ever since I started blogging in fact.
You think you got hate? Try reading my email inbox for a week or two. I am accused of the most disgusting behavior; called the most unprintable names; and impugned with motives that are far more likely to originate with my detractors who wouldn't understand the concept of "projection" if it fell on them like a 16-ton weight.
This, Ms. Howell, is the "reality-based" community. Their reality, sadly, is often the gutter.
This is the community that whines most about "free speech" and accuses everyone who disagrees with them of limiting their rights--as they actively seek to shut you up. They will now use you as the example they have been searching for to demonstrate the "conservative" bias of the media--simply because you dared to suggest that they are not perfect.
You have crossed the line, Ms. Howell, and you will never be allowed to go back. If you want to check on the reality of what I say, you could easily ask Condi Rice, Colin Powell or Tammy Bruce. They crossed the line when they "betrayed" their race and/or gender by daring to have thoughts of their own and disagreeing with the Democratic Party and the Left's victimhood cult.
Most of the authors of the email missives that I receive are hardly capable of coherent thought, let alone an appreciation of reality. They seem to feel that a good argument without the swearing and ad hominem attacks-- is insufficiently caring and compassionate. Often they want to demonstrate their caring and compassion by wishing me dead. This is their idea of what it means to rationally argue their case.
You see, Ms. Howell, you went too far. You hurt their feelings. That is unforgivable.
If you haven't noticed, Ms. Howell, this does not happen much when you point out the inconsistencies or hypocrisies of the Right. Of course, there are despicable people on both sides of the political spectrum who do not feel that they should have to resort to reason and logic to justify their "arguments". Who simply direct all the vitriol and vomit within whenever you question their ideology. But I think you will find that, on the whole and compared with the Left, the Right is a paragon of virtue in this area.
At least we have not completely abandoned reality and truth; and we don't suffer from the symptoms of some new form of PTSD when someone disagrees with us--or even dislikes us. But then again, we aren't the ones festering with a hatred so profound and fundamental that it sickens the soul and distorts all thought.
Have a nice day! And, oh yes. I am eagerly anticipating their rational and well-articulated response to this post.