Posted by ginnypub on December 11, 2008
The Martinsville Bulletin in Martinsville, VA, like most small town newspapers, has a motley crew of local editorialists. I usually overlook the Bulletin’s editorial musings because they are invariably either shilling for local politicians, generationally re-elected, who have thrust the area into generational joblessness and poverty; or wistfully longing for a federal government that embraces the far superior tenants of Communism. But, I digress. Back to the motley crew.
J. Michael Bestler, M.D. is a local surgeon and one of my all-time favorite opinion writers. Not only is he an outstanding contributor to the medical field, he’s an outstanding contributor to society. He’s one of those guys with an I.Q. in the stratosphere; but is so down to Earth, you think of him for a round of golf or a backyard barbecue. He’s also a Republican. Now, in Martinsville Bulletin-land, the “R” word is treated like “Jesus”, “democracy” and “clean coal”. They’re all cuss words. Did I mention that Dr. Bestler has a quick (oftentimes, self-effacing) wit? Being an intelligent, accomplished, witty Republican, naturally, he writes letters to the editor of the Martinsville Bulletin; and predictably, the local “editorialists” jump on his every word quicker than a Prop 8 protester can slap a cross out of the hands of a Mormon. Generally, the letters and responses are the usual partisan back-and-forth. Recently, though, the responses to a letter Dr. Bestler wrote have me rolling on the floor. Martinsville, VA might have a shortage of jobs but it definitely doesn’t have a shortage of vocabulary-challenged residents.
(This is paraphrasing because of the Bulletin’s copyright. Its owners, the Haskells, might go through a shortfall of funds for Bernadine Dohrn and sue me for what little I have.)
Thursday, November 13, 2008 (Re: the election of Barack Hussein Obama)Dr. Bestler writes that the nation has lost its exceptionality and embraced commonality as repentance for a time in American history, long gone.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 Response-Richard Hight. Whuuutt!? Barack Obama is EXCEPTIONAL not “common”! Dr. Bestler is a racist and he rambles….Oh, and George Bush sucks.
Thursday, November 20, 2008 Response-Donnell Hairston. Eeeek! Dr. Bestler has induced flashbacks of other racial bigots. Thank goodness for the “common” man, like Barack Hussein Obama!…Oh and God bless Dr. Bestler, even if he is a racist bigot.
Thursday, November 20, 2008-Dr. Bestler takes exception to Mr. Hight’s rambling comment.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008 Response-Dr. Robert Piat. (Lending credence to the rumor that he was unable to get a surgical residency.) Dr. Bestler is a racial slur-er! Quotes S.I. Hayakawa for good measure, thus proving he was plenty smart enough for a surgical residency.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 Response-Sam Petty. Double WHUUUTT!!?? Explains how Barack Obama isn’t “common” by misstating his education history. Oh, and John McCain is dumb and stupid…
Friday, December 5, 2008 Response-Dr. Bestler. Corrects Mr. Petty’s misstatements and apologizes for using big words.
Thursday, December 11, 2008 Response-Sam Petty. Informs Dr. Bestler that he has the smarts real good and proves it by rapidly firing off four more misstatements about Gov. Palin…thus proving that she ain’t got the smarts real good like he does.
Thursday, December 11, 2008 Response-Robert A. Williams. Local personal injury attorney takes advantage of an opportunity for free advertising and to tout his status as a Harvard Law alumnus-just like Barack. Oh, and John McCain would be nothin’, nothin’, I tell ya, without affirmative action.
Maybe exceptionality IS dead; at least in Martinsville, VA.