Anytime Capitol Hill Blue runs an opinion column by anyone right of center, I get bombarded with email from outraged liberals who want to know why in the hell I’m allowing such heresy on this web site.
They want me to ban columns from conservatives like Jay Ambrose, Cliff May and others because, they say, such opinions do not belong on "a liberal web site."
Say what? Liberal web site? What part of "bi-partisan" or "independent’ do these folks not understand?
Seems our last eight years of nailing George W. Bush and his henchmen to the wall for their unbridled attacks on the Constitution led some to believe that we are a bunch of left-wingers out to bash anything Republican, right-wing or conservative.
Such readers have short memories. They forget the 1990s when our favorite target was Bill Clinton, his insatiable sexual appetite and his inability to tell the truth.
Capitol Hill Blue is, always has been, and always will be an independent news site that treats both sides of the political aisle with equal disrespect.
Our FAQs page has this to say about our politics:
Politics? We don’t need no stinkin’ politics. We believe it is the job of newsies to report the news, not be influenced by political beliefs or bias.
We subscribe to legendary Chicago newspaperman Finley Peter Dunne’s belief that it is the role of a newspaperman to "comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."
When Clinton was in office, Democrats dubbed us a member of the "Vast Right Wing Conspiracy." My answer to this was:
Nope. We’re members of the Great Buffalo Wing Conspiracy. We meet on a haphazard basis at the local Hooters and, over a plate of wings, ponder important social questions like "do you think those are real?" or "is she wearing underwear?"
After 14-and-a-half years on the Net I should not have to keep explaining this but it seems I do. We keep getting new readers who come because, at the time, we’re bashing their favorite enemy. Then, when we start bashing their favorite political party or President they usually leave after sending an angry email calling us traitors to the cause.
So let me state this again so our newbies aren’t confused:
I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I don’t belong to any political party. Never have, never will. I worked for Republicans during my time on Capitol Hill because they paid better and their checks didn’t bounce.
I’m a gun-owner who believes in the Second Amendment. I’m also pro-choice when it comes to abortion. I hate big government and think bailouts and regulations are, by and large, mistakes.
I worked in Congress long enough to know it — as a legislative institution — is a failure that is so corrupt and controlled by big money that neither party can fix it because both are co-conspirators.
As a general rule, I don’t like politicians, partisans or politics.
So why do I keep doing this? Beats the hell out of me.
Maybe it’s because I’m a masochist, most politicians are sadists and, when you look at it from the proper perspective, sadists are people who do nice things to masochists.