I received a lengthy comment today from someone using the screen name, ‘abettermanwouldawisermanwill’ (I will refer to her/him as ‘Betterman’) in which he/she makes a number of accusations against me and CANACE.
I have a ‘dog in the fight,’ but I try to be fair
I am an activist engaged in what I believe is a life and death struggle for the future of our country by doing what I can to preserve the rule of law. I am not unbiased; I have taken a side. As Dr. Phil would say, “I have a dog in the fight.'”
As an activist my policy is not to publish comments unless I think they will prove useful in achieving the goal of ending racial policing and landclaim lawlessness. I am not a journalist or a discussion board for all views, but I do strive to be fair and accurate, and I am proud of my record on VoC for doing so.
I publish comments which help the fight against racial policing, not hurt it
I often publish comments that are critical of my position because they help illuminate various issues for readers. Still, I feel no obligation to give anyone a place to try to destroy or denigrate all the hard work I and many others have invested in holding government and police accountable for their outrageous actions in allowing innocent people to be victimized in places like Ipperwash and Caledonia. Especially when they’re made anonymously.
Betterman claims to be an organizer of the Caledonia Convoy
‘Betterman’s comment was a little unique in that he was claiming to be an organizer of the Caledonia Convoy which took place on May 02/07.
- VoiceofCanada, May 03/07: Congratulations Caledonia!
I am proud to say that CANACE founders fully supported and participated in the convoy; Merlyn Kinrade and I drove to Queen’s Park in one of the 83 cars or so that participated.
Gary McHale made the classy decision not to go so the media focus would be on residents and not his presence. While at QP I made a point to tell Rick Vanderwyk how impressed I was with the organization of the event.
Want to criticize others? Time to step up to the plate.
I think its long past time for those who want to criticize CANACE’s record (or anyone else’s that matter) to step up to the plate and tell us – specifically – what they would do differently, especially if they are claiming to be a community organizer/leader.
I decided to send the following email to the address Betterman provided. Unfortunately, it came back as undeliverable, so since I don’t know if the mailbox is just full or doesn’t exist, I decided to post it here since he obviously reads VoC:
From: Mark Vandermaas, Editor – VoiceofCanada.ca [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 14, 2009 4:46 PM
Subject: Your comment to VoC
firstname.lastname@example.org (my real address)