ELECT THE PEOPLE'S LAWYER: David Van Os, Democrat for Texas Attorney General

Monday, July 03, 2006

Challenging the Pundit Elite

You are worse than clueless

Dear Editor:

In reference to your June 30 article, "The Fight for Relevance" - to call Dave Mann and The Observer "clueless" would be an understatement. The only suitable words for your smug dismissal of me and the rest of my statewide Democratic ticketmates aren't printable in public.

I have been wondering why the Observer wasn't picking up on what is going on in the Texas countryside in response to mine and others' populist campaigns. Now I know. You have bought hook, line, and sinker the talking points of the Democratic Party establishment's money boys and consultantocracy.

Neither Dave Mann nor any other Texas Observer writer has bothered to cover me on the campaign stump, or Hank Gilbert, Maria Luisa Alvarado, VaLinda Hathcox, Bill Moody, J.R. Molina, Dale Henry, or Fred Head. It is the height of irresponsibility to dismiss what you have not bothered to observe. Indeed, Mr. Mann was not there for our addresses to the delegates on the Saturday of the convention - so he did not witness the exuberant delegate reactions to our passionate populist messages.

I've spent the last two and a-half years stumping in the Texas rural countryside and in working-class settings, challenging the power elites and correspondingly, listening to what is on people's minds. (Gasp - a Democrat spending his time in the "red" zones.) Of course you wouldn't know it in your Austin ivory tower, but there is a revolution brewing. It goes way beyond the phony blue-red, liberal-conservative, progressive-centrist, and left-right dichotomies that lazy journalists, political hacks, and ivory tower academics keep foisting on the people. People are just plain fed up with the out-of-touch, ivory-tower elitism of the whole world of politics, government, and journalism.

Do you want to know why the majority of voters abstain in almost every election? Because they see the political and governmental spheres as being run by manipulative, self-serving social cliques that don't care about them. And do you know what? They're right.

In this age of corporate robber barons and political power grabbers, you greatly disserve your publication's noble history by treating the current political struggles as no more than betting games for hoserace spectators. The people have no use for political opportunists who are waiting for the "right timing" in 2010 or beyond. Waiting for the "right opportunity" is about self-service, not public service. The populace is hungry for fighters who will fight for the people against the robber barons and power grabbers - not down the road when it is "right" for political careers, but now when the need is great.

You of the Texas Observer place yourselves squarely within the ivory-tower cultural elitism that pervades today's world of political hacks, professional politicians, and journalistic pundits. It renders you incapable of seeing or understanding the coming populist revolt. Now run to your political consultant or political staff friends in the nearest trendy Austin watering hole and get their latest poll numbers to prove me wrong. All I've got to say about polling is that it's a damn good thing the 56 signers of the American Declaration of Independence didn't run any polls before deciding to challenge the mightiest empire in the world with a rag-tag of farmers and shopkeepers. And in case you weren't aware of it, the Declaration of 7-4-1776 is in a hell of a mess today and needs fighters to step forward and defend it. I welcome your readers to join the fight.

posted by snarko! at 1:28 PM

Anonymous Jo Pierce said...

You go David. Thank you so much for telling it like it is!! We will win this race with honesty and integrity. I know that you will be the best AG Texas has ever had!! God bless you.

5:30 PM  

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