By Jim Granelli
To be honest, I’ve had a draft of an article like this on my desktop since before Christmas. But the recent article about John Heyer, AKA Vin Gopal, AKA Monmouth County Democrat Chair has created an opportunity to tie the current matter into the above issues.
Integrity as one dictionary describes it is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” That was the point of exposing Vin Gopal as a real person behind Jersey Shore Insider. It was a lie of omission, for if the real truth were known about the editorial bend of the Jersey Shore Insider blog, one would be able to put it all in context.
One of the tip off’s that something was fishy was finding out that John Heyer was a Democrat Freeholder who died in 1905. No one in Holmdel knew of John Heyer, nor was he found in any public records. That wasn’t too smart of a move Mr. Gopal. It raised a flag. Furthermore, that Gopal has not replied to MMM with a comment should raise a flag with you; telling you that a) he got caught and b) he’s got something to hide.
Let’s face it, we’ve all seen what happens to our country when media hides the truth. Are we to let that happen here in our own County? Sure, it’s a free country. Vin can write as much as he wants. Hell, he’s free to attack me on facts. But not writing from the point of view of his position and ideology is disingenuous at best. People deserve to know where something is coming from so that they can make an informed decision.
But like the “faux” newspaper in the fall campaign, Vin would rather hide behind the efforts. Thus, he needed to be called on the carpet. For, if we can not trust news reporting such as the Jersey Shore Insider or that phony newspaper; we are unknowingly led to a position by someone with an axe to grind.
Certain people on the left seem to want to distract from the simple important idea of trust and integrity. As with this circumstance here on MMM, just like liberals do on the national stage, they TRY to do that by calling me a “liar, a snake and saying I can not be trusted.” They do this with out any proof that I am a liar or can’t be trusted, despite the fact that Gopal was the one who couldn’t be trusted via his attempt to lie by omission and hide a critical fact regarding the publication of his content.
For those kinds of people, “it’s about the seriousness of the charge, not about the facts” or lack of facts behind the charges.
These kinds of attacks are steps right from Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals, most specifically RULE 12: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”
Note the last three lines and the words in the parentheses especially. Sound familiar?
But liberals fail to understand “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” What they don’t realize is that I have nothing to lose in “taking a bullet.” Guess what guys, it doesn’t really work. I am proof. I still comment despite months of attacks.
What they also don’t realize is that if they want to make people a punching bag, they must accept the risk that it exposes those on the left who engage in this kind of behavior as horrid people with little credibility to their name. For example, people know me. They know I don’t lie or are a snake. In the end folks these opinions mean nothing because the reality doesn’t match their version of things. Yet, they must be defeated in the arena of public opinion.
I for one would respect people on the other side of the aisle more if they were not tainted by vitriol. I would disagree with them most of the time, but I would respect someone who put a face to their comments. That’s why I ended up respecting Steve Adams.
And there in lies the problem with anonymity. It allows cowards and hateful people to get away with “drive by murders” especially about people they really know nothing about. They make stinging charges in the interest of pushing people with opposing and honest opinions out of the conversation. That in itself is an attempt to stifle free speech.
“Make the guy look bad, shut him up and maybe he will leave the stage” is the modern liberals MO. Note, I said modern. This kind of vitriol was pretty much absent years ago in discourse between the right and the left. Rather than deal with the reality of Vin Gopal hiding behind a computer screen, cowardly people would rather distract. How dare they.
However, If there were a name attached to their comments, they would feel the wrath of public opinion. Maybe verified names are the solution, but that’s not my call.
By the way, all of this kind of makes me think Vin Gopal is one of the anonymous posters going after me over the past few months. Who knows, maybe it’s also some of his henchmen doing so by his instructions. We’ve seen how sneaky he can be. After all, “follow the money.” Who would benefit? Let’s just say, I wouldn’t be surprised.
Making an anonymous comment about a situation or policy issue is one thing. But hiding behind a computer screen writing an attack blog while you are County Chair or taking pot shots at people just doesn’t work anymore. There’s a time for anonymity, but there is also just plain dishonesty. And lest someone call me a hypocrite, I have expressed this opinion to one of my own party as well.
To those that hate and personally attack people in a sad attempt to minimize opposing comments, proceed at your own risk. The odds are high that the haters will post their vitriol again on this post, or on another one in the future. But it will only prove my point.
Remember though, truth always prevails. After all, look what happened. Vin Gopal was exposed as a fraud. Sooner or later that will happen to the anonymous haters as well.