Vail Daily letter: Watch what you say; accusations could be libelous
Vail, CO, Colorado
I am writing in response to Jason W. Denhart’s letter, “We did take back the country.” I agree, Mr. Denhart. I for one would not want to be considered supportive or connected to any organization that would promote such horrendous behavior. Nor would I want to be associated with those who would make false accusations.
Having said that, I’d like to point out there could be legal problems with a few of the items you refer to in your letter regarding alleged acts of terrorism you blame on three political parties you’ve named without any verification of names, dates or political affiliation attached to said alleged acts of violence.
You could face defamation of character charges when you write such items in your letter as “Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are ugly Americans who are inciting violence and resorting to domestic terrorism.” Once your letter is published, it is legal evidence signed by you making such bold statements. Can you prove either one of these individuals actively condoned, promoted, incited or resorted to, violence or acts of domestic terrorism? You might want to consider researching or rescinding these bold statements because we have had these types of accusations come to light in the past only to be refuted in an embarrassing manner.
State Democratic Party Chairwoman Pat Waak said the damage to her building in Denver’s art district was a consequence of “an effort on the other side to stir up hate.”
One of two people suspected of shattering 11 windows Tuesday morning at the state Democratic Party headquarters has an arrest record and a history of helping a Democratic political candidate, public records show.
She (following the arrest!) tempered her statement after Maurice Schwenkler’s political history was revealed.
Houston Chronicle, Aug. 13, 2009: “A Texas Obama delegate who falsely identified herself as a pediatric physician at the congresswoman’s health care reform town hall meeting, Roxana Mayer, (later) admitted she is not a doctor.”
These are two incidents (readily verifiable) of false accusation only to be rescinded at a later date with much crow being eaten.
So, Jason W Denhart, should we consider your letter less inflammatory, less insulting or less accusatory than those you write about?
Let’s try to remember not everyone is a radical simply because they are registered Republican, and not everyone is a liberal simply because they are registered Democrat. How are we ever going to overcome this separation if we are constantly reading negativity such as what you have written in your letter?
I believe The United States of America is better than such negative displays, too. I hope taking back our country means, “We the people are more interested in moving beyond political partisanship and developing the unity this great needs so desperately in order to move forward.”