The Humboldt Consequential – a new local anti-government fever-swamp, Rose Welch of Watch Paul, Fred Mangels and John Chiv all jumped on what was clearly a fake email which “purportedly” came from my union – AFSCME. From Rose’s blog (emphasis mine)…
“The latest post there includes what is (purportedly) a VERY NASTY letter from a AFSCME, threatening our Board of Supervisors.”
– Rose Welsh
Thank you LoCO for calling this out and good on LoCO for linking to their posts.
This blogosphere flare-up is important because it gets down to what I believe is the nub, or what could be the unit, of politics – credibility. Credibility is critical to our opinions and our internal narratives. We all understand this – to our core – even if we don’t consciously understand when our internal judgements are taking place or have taken place.
[Aside: Could the unit be called the “cred” as in… John Fullerton has -4 creds with me while Verbena has earned 42.]
We want to know who to believe. When confronted with real decisions – like Eureka was with Measure R last November – I believe it’s resounding failure with the voters who showed up was not due to it’s merits, but rather due to whom people trusted.
In the end the very small portion of the electorate decided to trust John Fullerton, Charlie Bean and the Chamber of Commerce. Or, was it that people fell victim to their distrust of the main proponents of Measure R. People like my friends James Decker and Verbena – people fighting for the forgotten in our society.
So when moments like this come about, it’s important to take note. This is not about truth, this is not about what is real. What this is about is whom to believe.
If you have any question, please note THC’s response to LoCO’s article that at least allowed both Rose and John to step back from their anti-union fever a bit.
“AFSCME is straight-up lying to you. Do not believe them.”
(emphasis mine. THC later referred to AFSCME as “AFSCMafia” – just so you know where they are coming from.) This is under THC’s header-motto “The truth is you should be mad”. And by being a frequenter of their anti-governemnt blog I think what they want you to be mad about is … government … and it’s overspending and outlandish salaries.
Just had to take a break from my unintentional blogging hiatus to mark this waypoint on the trail of Humboldt’s blogosphere credibility to call out the purporting. And please note that this purporting was followed on THC by a diatribe on AFSCME and it’s members. I hope those of you who are paying attention and may be on the fence are taking note. How many creds should anything following a purport be given? I don’t think there is any doubt the imaginary number would be negative.