Threatened for sticking with Rush, defiant advertiser declares “Battle for America.”
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He had received tens of thousands of e-mails. The bullies — the terrorists —had ramped up. Now they were threatening to send busloads of people to his house, threatening that his personal safety was in danger. “This is crazy,” he said to Kelly. Does this cause you concern, she asked? Replied Mark: “Absolutely no concern. Let them come. Let them come!”
“Something is going on here that has to be, you know, addressed. Because the country is at risk,” he added.
Asked about advertisers who had pulled their ads, he said that “I think the failing to take a stand in defense of America” is a mistake. He had no sense he was going to be swept up in the middle of this firestorm, but now that he was, he said: “Bring on the buses!” He was going to advertise more heavily, and he was going to stand his ground to try and be a bulwark against the bullies.
By the time I spoke with Mark Stevens this week he was not only still determined to fight back — a fight he now saw as a fight for that cherished American value of free speech — he had spent the last several days reflecting on what he was seeing in America. He was not happy.
Mark told me that he was “not a Pollyanna or naïve.” But what really bothered him was that in the flood of tens of thousands of e-mails he had received, overwhelming in support of him, what stood out “was the concern people had for my well-being.” He drafted a response to answer his fellow citizens who had written him with such passion. He sent it to me, and it deserves an audience, so it is reprinted here in full:
Subject line: The Battle for America
Ever since I appeared on the Stuart Varney show in response to the “terrorism” — Rush Limbaugh advertising boycott — directed at me and my company, my team and my clients, it has set off a chain reaction of emails being sent to me from citizens across the country:
* Seals have volunteered to protect our offices.
* Retired police officers are asking if they can help in anyway.
* Citizens want to play a role, join the stand and contribute to the cause. They are thanking me for having the courage to stand up for free speech and for the American Dream.
Thousands upon thousands are writing, calling —frightened that their nation is slipping away.
Sad, angry, suffocated, they no longer feel as if they live in a democracy.
They are tired of the talking heads. Of the politically correct. Of the minority rule. Of the loss of the meaning of the Constitution. Of the weakening of our armed forces. Of the war on business. Of the ass-kissing of America haters.
They are the real Americans. They work. They send their children to war. They pay taxes. They want nothing for free. They are tired of being ignored.
My message helped them see that “they” have the real power. Peaceful but over whelming power. They will use it. We will do so together. We will prevail.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online