Unity08: the Ethically Clouded Fix is in, Joseph
After I noted the first appearance of a letter to the editor with every word written by a Unity08 PR hack and with the authorship falsely claimed by a person from California, someone who called himself “Joseph” posted the following comment:
I donâ€™t get it: what is it about having people vote online for candidates they like that youâ€™re opposed to? Sure, you may not be opposed to the voting part, but you seem to be against them doing anything to increase PR. Really, itâ€™s bad that they are providing a form letter to send to media outlets? By extention, the only people you want to support Unity08 are people who will take the time to write their own letters? Everyone else be damned? I sure as hell would rather have the Americans being screwed over by the current policies to have a voice than just the people who have enough time to sit in their ivory towers and come up with political dissertations. Sure, Unity08 might be run by a bunch of lobbyists, but what the hell does it matter?
Instead of constantly bashing Unity08, why not get all the people like us, and all the other progressives to sign-up and ensure that the REAL issues that matter to America are debated and that a REAL progressive candidate gets on the ballot, and not some Bush/Kerry redux?
Um, ok, “Joseph.” You’re using an Anonymouse service to mask your IP Address, so I think it’s pretty safe to say that you aren’t who you say you are.
Any guesses, peanut gallery? My personal favorite is a name that begins with “B”, although a name beginning with “A” is also a definite possibility. But who knows? Your name might even begin with an “S” or a “D.” I’m pretty certain that it doesn’t begin with “J,” though.
So let’s cut the crap, “Joseph,” and get right down to it.
1. Yes, the only people who should have letters to the editor with their name signed as author should be people who are actually the author. Any other practice is deceptive. You’d have to be a PR professional to not understand the basic ethical premise that fraudulent plagiarism is a bad thing.
2. It matters that Unity08 is run by a bunch of lobbyists if one of Unity08’s main platform planks is that going to get all the lobbyists out of positions of power.
3. You’re not a progressive, Joseph. That’s clear from your writing. Your a “whatever it takes” Machiavellian. So cut the “people like us” baloney. Why is it a bad idea for progressives (people “not like you”) to just ditch all the concerns they have and jump on board Unity08? Because Unity08 corporate leadership has been rigging the process by pretending to let its members “vote” on what the crucial issues are while already having identified them, by asking loaded questions in its “votes,” by shoving members’ voice further and further into a corner on its own website, and by having back-door talks with the people it wants to run for president while ignoring the contact requests of actual everyday people who want to run through Unity08.
Unity08 is going to get exactly what it wants, and we little people will be herded like sheep by people whose moral compasses are so twisted that they can’t recognize that letter fraud is a problem. Sorry, B…, er, “Joseph,” but that’s exactly the kind of enterprise I don’t want to jump on board with.