This weekend while I was out, I received what is possibly the strangest comment I’ve ever gotten. It was left on the “Team Gun Nuts page”; people will sometimes post comments there when the post they wanted to comment on has had its comments section closed. Here is the comment in its full glory:
From Biker Bob: I think Caleb Giddings is one of the worst writers I have ever read, also he seems to be a bigot. To top that off I would guess he is one of those brain dead liberal sheep that only knows what his liberal gun control bigot handlers has told him to know. The good old US of A was a much better place before we had trash like Caleb around spouting his garbage.
Dear Biker Bob,
Hi, I’m Caleb Giddings. I’ll admit, I’m not a very good writer. I don’t really have any formal training beyond what I studied in high school and a few writing classes in college. Mostly I just get on by occasionally picking my knuckles up off the ground and hammering out some words on the keyboard. It’s not much of a living, but it’ll do for now. Hell, anymore I’m not even really that much of a writer; I mostly sell ads. I guess I’m pretty good at that.
I don’t know about this whole “bigot” thing. I mean, I could accept that description so long as we’re sticking with a textbook definition, which is “a person who is intolerant to other people’s opinions.” That’s 100% true, I am absolutely intolerant of some people’s opinions. I’m intolerant of people who show up on my blog saying that we should kill all Muslims, I’m intolerant of people who advocate for the violent overthrow of the US government, and I’m intolerant of people who use my blog as a vehicle to promote their own stupid ideas about stuff. But the great thing about the internet, because if you’re intolerant of my opinions, you can always start your own blog and be a bigot there. Hell, by that definition, everyone’s a bigot. I mean have you ever actually met a person who’s 100% tolerant of all opinions? Of course not.
Now, I have to admit I’m honestly confused by this next bit, because I’ve been called a lot of names, but liberal? Brain-dead for sure, I’ve definitely spent a lot of time and effort killing my brain with booze and video games, but liberal? I’m not sure where you’d get that idea. I mean, I feel like my conservative pro-gun bona fides are pretty legit. I used to work for the NRA-ILA, I’ve worked with different state legislators to get pro-gun bills passed, I even debated the Brady Campaign on Fox News once. I did a little detective work (okay, I plugged your IP into google) and I can see that you’re from
North Mexico Texas, so I’m going to guess that you’re upset because I’ve poked a little fun at Texas Open Carry. Which is why you think I’m a liberal, and a bigot.
You know what though? I do agree with one thing: I do spout a lot of garbage. But that’s the beautiful thing about this modern technological age we live in. I mentioned a bit of it above; if you don’t like me, or don’t like what I have to say, you can start your own blog and try to rebut it. Sure, it’ll take a few years of hard work to get up to the level of traffic I get, and for the first couple of years no one who matters is going to read what you write, but it’s all worth it in the end. I mean, look where nearly a decade of hard work has gotten me! I used to be a nobody, now I get hate mail from strangers on the internet.
If that’s not the American dream, I don’t know what is.