Veiled Threats from Former Candidates
I am in receipt this morning of an apparent email threat forwarded to me stating “Gariepy is next. He’s in a lot of trouble.” The writer of the threat is a former candidate for City Council.
The threat directed at me is probably related to a discussion thread on Michael Lombardini’s Sterling Heights Local Politics Facebook group in which another former candidate for City Council chose to take issue with a complaint lodged there about positions on immigration, specifically Muslim immigration. The candidate or the candidate’s surrogates apparently successfully petitioned Facebook to remove Mr. Lombardini from the site temporarily.
It’s unclear if the writer who referenced my name directly was talking about having my Facebook access removed, or something more sinister.
I am not, and will not be intimidated by threats, direct or indirect, by people who wish to silence my opposition to their candidacy for public office or ideas espoused publicly in a government forum.
If you cannot successfully challenge my ideas with facts, logic and reason, you will surely fail to silence them by threats and attempts at intimidation.
I welcome an open exchange of ideas, both here and on Facebook, by thoughtful people who are engaged in the practice of civilized discussion. I have routinely found myself deleting blog comments by the threatening writer over the past few years, however, because of their abusive nature. Apparently this individual has fixated himself on this blog as the reason for his failure to be elected to council after several attempts. Of course, I am only form my own opinions, and I only get one vote at the polling place, so his fixation is misdirected.
Politics, even local politics, can be a grim business sometimes. If you want to advance your ideas and be involved in your community, you sometimes encounter people who are opposed to those ideas and that involvement. It is not the first time I have encountered this, and if I keep doing things right, it won’t be the last, either. The opposition, paradoxically, is a sign that you’re being effective. Veiled threats are not acceptable behavior, however, and will be directed to the appropriate channels.