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Concerned Restonians: New Administration Flies in Face of Community Tenets

by Dave Emke — January 19, 2017 at 2:45 pm 123 Comments

Reston Concerned Citizens Group

The morning of Nov. 9, Margot Lebow was beside herself.

“The day after the election [of President-elect Donald Trump], most of us were in the dark in fetal positions,” the longtime Reston resident said.

Lebow and friends Donna Shaffer and Susann Gerstein simply could not believe the direction the nation had turned in. So they made plans to gather at Cafe Montmartre in Lake Anne Plaza for a “hug.”

But Shaffer thought more people might be in need of a place to gather and talk. So she posted the invite on Facebook.

“We had about 45 people who showed up, and many of them we’d never seen before,” Shaffer said.

At that meeting — and a subsequent one that had an even greater turnout — teachers, children, immigrants and more were given a platform to speak and share their concerns about what the future may bring.

“That kicked off a very powerful discussion,” Gerstein said.

So was born a community activism group the women say is designed to show support for those who feel threatened — and to make sure the principles laid out by Reston founder Robert E. Simon are remembered and followed.

“The wonderful thing about this, honestly, is that it isn’t just old-time Restonians putting our arms around each other,” Gerstein said. “It’s the second and third generation in this community who really do understand what the value system was that created this community.”

Simon, who in 1961 purchased 6,750 acres that would become Reston, founded the community on seven principles — among them, that the importance and dignity of each individual be a focal point of community development.

The women who gather at Cafe Montmartre considered themselves longtime friends of Simon. They said they fear a new zeitgeist that normalizes bullying, mistreatment of others and political incorrectness will result in the “importance and dignity of each individual” being forgotten.

“In a personal sense of what’s right and what’s wrong, the morality of this coming administration is truly frightening,” Lebow said. “Everything is contrary to what we believe as a community, to what we believe as individuals.”

The women say their group isn’t rooted in politics, but rather in ensuring a proper sense of community is maintained in Reston. A separate group, Herndon-Reston Indivisible, has been founded to tackle purely political issues.

Lebow said the idea that Restonians look out for their fellow community members — no matter what race, religion or background — cannot be lost.

“That value system must persevere,” Lebow said. “That concept that is Reston needs to be expanded globally, or at least nationally.”

The women say they continue to plan the future of their group and hope to have more information about upcoming meetings soon. Their goals include continuing to support local charitable organizations including Cornerstones in their efforts.

“It’s really just about respecting people who are different than you,” Gerstein said. “In Reston, you really can put your arms around your neighbors and believe that somehow it will be all right.”

Jesse Bonfeld, Lebow’s husband, said the group understands how important it is to make sure everyone’s voices — not just the loudest — are heard.

“What really drove this was the realization that there are now people in power who have given the bully pulpit to a minority in this country whose values are diametrically opposed to what Bob Simon’s values were,” he said. “That is really the bottom line.”

Pictured: From left, Donna Shaffer, Margot Lebow, Susann Gerstein and Jesse Bonfeld meet at Cafe Montmartre in Lake Anne Plaza on Wednesday evening.

  • Boohoo

    TL;DR Version:
    45 crybabies meet at Lake Anne to cry about not getting their way.

    • Greg

      So true! Misery loves company.

    • JB

      This from someone who signs his name “Boohoo,” and who would never man up to say that to their faces. Just a anonymous little baby man.

      • Mike M

        I don’t put my name out here for good reason, “JB.” This week one person took a guess and then all the idjits piled on. Unreal.

      • The Constitutionalist

        Says the man named JB who did the exact same thing and probably wouldn’t go up to Boohoo’s face and say it. Just another anonymous little baby man.

        Oh what, you see a pattern here? Congratulations, you’re not a complete twit.

  • Andrew Roesell

    In other words, “our way or the highway.” Real tolerant, that.

    • Greg

      They must have amended this one: that the importance and dignity of each individual (with whom we agree) be a focal point of community development.

      • Andrew Roesell

        Amen, Greg. I will say no more lest I offend and create more bitterness. They really should think about the absurdity of their language. “A City Set Upon A Hill.” This is “secular Puritanism” or else “Puritanism turned on its head.” Their spiritual ancestors, so to speak, were renowned for their bullying of dissenters. They need to remember the tolerance that many of them once preached in their youth, of being able to agree to disagree.

        • Guest

          As a self-described “White Preservationist”, you obviously have much to preach about tolerance.

  • EliteinReston

    Dave, you might consider adding a sentence with the voting results of the Reston precincts just to establish the political leaning of the community in the election. Seven in 10 Reston voters preferred the Clinton-Kaine ticket. https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/gisapps/electionResultsNov2016/

    • Mike M

      The three out of ten were just “flyover” people who don’t matter. But then that attitude is what got Trump elected.

  • OldButSlow

    The comments section on this site has got pretty interesting. The people making the comments are either trolls from somewhere other than Reston or they really ought to be asking themselves why they live in Reston. It is a pretty annoyingly PC place, but there is no question that the town was founded– as described above– to promote specific values that include diversity, inclusion, tolerance, and a lot of other qualities that are associated with liberal politics. If you don’t stand for those things, you’ll be frustrated with living in Reston. Probably trolls, though, who don’t have anything better to do than make thoughtless mean-spirited comments.

    • Greg

      Town? No. Reston is not a town.

      And, of course, tolerance is just that — tolerating all, including those with diverse, even conservative, opinions and, most importantly, refraining from boorish, childish name calling (trolls) and disparaging anyone with a diverse opinion.

      Better take a good look in the mirror, old-timer, and see how tolerant and inclusive you are.

    • Paul

      Maybe the people who are outraged, distraught, and so on by valid election results they do not like should stop being frustrated by living in the United States of America and move elsewhere. This country was founded with specific rights and liberties for each and every citizen, seems to really bother many people. I live in Reston, which I will remind you is part of The United States that has the most representative form of government in the history of the world….when not being abused by those in power.

      When a conservative sees a person from a different point of view get elected and take office we shake our head, go to work the next day, pay our bills, pay our taxes, and go forward fighting….we don’t crawl into the fetal position and then gather at a French Bistro for emotional healing, group hugs, and to shed a tear.

    • th

      The comments section on this site is out of control, and promotes hate spread by the me-too trolling gang. If they don’t like being called trolls, too bad, it’s a label given to those that continually post trolling remarks. It’s not even a matter of a difference in opinion, “the trolls seem to fear the truth, the truth is there”. “Read the posts, read the posts, the truth of trolling is there in the posts”.
      Lastly: Mike M is a troll and needs to be banned.

      • Mike M

        Hi TH. I love you.

  • TheKingJAK

    Part of learning to accept diversity means the ability to accept other political opinions. Apparently, leftists are incapable of this, and they’re still in denial. From a number of citizens to congressmen, their inability to accept the will of the American people is exceedingly closed-minded.

    • amytales

      Perhaps you meant the will of the electoral college. Because the will of the actual American people gave Hillary the edge in the election. Anyway, no one is in denial, but we’re very concerned about the backward direction our country is facing. Please don’t pretend that right wingers do any better at “accept[ing] other political opinions.”

      • Paul

        What’s the prize again for only winning the popular vote? It’s getting the time for a nice walk in the woods…like here in Reston! This is the 56th time (or so) The United States of America has had an election for the Presidency…and the way the person wins is by winning States, not the popular vote.

        • amytales

          Paul, please slow down and READ more carefully. TheKingJAK specifically referred to “the will of the American people.” I very easily debunked that falsehood. What I DIDN’T say is what you are accusing me of: that the president wins according to the results of the popular vote. We all know it’s the electoral college. But electors are not known collectively as “the American people,” they’re known as the electoral college. “The American people” are the voters.

          • Paul

            The will of the people is represented by the Electoral College, therefore electing this person (like all those in the past) is the will of the people. This concept is how a representative government works and truly represents the will of the people.

          • amytales

            No, Paul. Just, no. The electoral college is a minuscule subset of our population, and they were elected to cast a vote for the candidate who wins in each individual state. You could perhaps make the argument that it’s the will of the states, but the will of the American people? No–that descriptor most closely matches the popular vote.

          • Ann

            If you want to change the way a President is elected, work on getting the system changed. Or move to Ohio or Michigan or Wisconsin or Florida or some other state and turn it blue. But if all you do is complain, it is not worth anyone’s time, including yours.

          • amytales

            Seriously, people, READ. Nowhere did I actually dispute how the system works. I simply disagree that the electoral college is synonymous with “the will of the American people.” For valid reasons. That’s all. Don’t put twisted words in my mouth or read in something that isn’t there.

          • Paul

            No person is putting words in your mouth. You have clearly stated that the will of the people is defined by popular vote and nothing else. Period.

          • amytales

            Paul, you still can’t understand plain and simple words. My saying that the popular vote is more synonymous with the will of the American people than with the electoral college doesn’t make any absolute statement like you have formed. This really isn’t that hard.

          • Twisted sister

            But neither was selection of the candidate “will of the people”.

            Check with your leader wassermann schultz. More info forthcoming….

          • amytales

            She’s not my leader–I’ve never liked her. Nice false assumption. As for your assertion that “neither was selection of the candidate ‘will of the people’,” I’m not sure what you mean or what you’re referring to.

          • Scott H

            Sorry Amy, but you are very very ignorant. Perhaps THE overarching theme of the Constitution is protecting minorities from the tyranny of the majority. What you suggest would allow 50% +1 person to essentially do anything they want to the rest of the country. The brilliance of the constitution and the Electoral college is that is protects the “little guy” and requires the president to win votes from the broadest subset of the country, not just the coastal states.

            You ARE what you think you’re afraid of from Trump being elected

          • amytales

            Sorry, Scott, I have not suggested anything of the sort. Good grief, what is wrong with you guys?

          • The Constitutionalist

            “a minuscule subset” This MUST be a joke, right? I can’t even come up with a decent comment to rebuke your ignorance because I can’t stop laughing. Please, if you don’t hear from me soon, send help.

          • amytales

            What else would you call 538 people out of 300 million?

    • JB

      Why such hate toward a group focusing on values on which Reston was founded? Why would it bother anyone?

  • TheRealODB

    New guy isn’t even pretending to be unbiased. Good.

    • Mike M

      Not sure about that ODB. His predecessor was often accused of bias and I didn’t see it in action or in her record. I look to the censoring of comments, and I am OK with that thus far. Let’s face it. We really do live in a super [email protected] community. We have work to do. To the Batmobile! Let’s go!

    • amytales

      Perhaps you can point out the bias, because all I see is reporting of what OTHER people are saying.

      • amytales

        Mike, I know you’re trying to talk to me, but I’ve blocked you long ago due to your upside-down view of the world, which I finally gathered after noticing your unwillingness to engage in good-faith discussion and intellectual honesty. May as well stop trying.

        • Mike M

          Makes it easy for you. Hold your ears and sing la-la-la. You flatter me.

  • John Smoot

    Can someone tell me how the election of Trump has any impact on Reston? How is Trump going to change this: “and to make sure the principles laid out by Reston founder Robert E. Simon are remembered and followed.” Reston is still Reston no matter who is in the White house. Somehow everyone in Reston is going to be bullied because of Trump? Restonians are suddenly going to become racist bigots?

    “…there are now people in power who have given the bully pulpit to a minority in this country…” I feel really dumb in that I cannot understand this.

    • amytales

      The minority referred to is the group of people who voted for Trump. Hillary won the popular vote by over 2 percentage points, last time I checked.

      I think the idea is that these people are concerned about the level of support in our community that Trump has received. They’re trying to build solidarity with groups of people who feel vulnerable in the aftermath of the election and some of the hate-inspired incidents that targeted them.

      • John Smoot

        what “hate-inspired incidents”?

        • amytales

          Really? https://www.splcenter.org/20161129/ten-days-after-harassment-and-intimidation-aftermath-election

          And please, before responding that the SPLC isn’t credible, or that the incidents didn’t actually happen, note that plenty of the examples can be verified, and the SPLC is intellectually rigorous enough to correct the record when learning of any false reports.

          • John Smoot

            Really, this is what you point to? How does this have anything to do with Reston and what you wrote: “They’re trying to build solidarity with groups of people who feel vulnerable in the aftermath of the election and some of the hate-inspired incidents that targeted them.” Who in Reston was targeted?

          • amytales

            John, that is ONE example of something that turned out differently than expected. The SPLC has documented nearly 1,000 incidents. Please, be my guest and disprove all 1,000 of them.

            I didn’t say that anyone in Reston has already been targeted. I’m talking about nationwide, and the fact that Reston is part of the nationwide community. Maybe slow down and read more carefully before responding.

          • John Smoot

            The conversation is about Reston. Maybe re-read the article.

          • amytales

            Maybe you should too. Very clearly the group described in this article is looking at what happened on the national stage and asking what that means for the Reston community.

          • Mike M

            Sorry Amytales. Google Tawana Brawley. Fairytales abound Amytales. Google Crystal Gale Mangum, OJ Simpson, Polar Bear hunting.

          • Scott H

            Take your head out of the sand Amy. there are more fake than real events that you reference. The right doesn’t do this crap as a rule. The left does.

          • amytales

            Sorry Scott, but you wishing something doesn’t make it reality. And you say MY head is in the sand. You have it so backwards that I can tell there is no talking sense with you.

          • John Smoot
          • Mike M

            Amy, SPLC is in the business of making hay about such incidents. As is Jesse Jackson – even when the imncident is bogus. What they don’t do, and no one but the FBI does, is to keep count of [email protected] on wh1te crime which is proportionally more prevalent and more lethal. Part of the reason for that is organizations like the SPLC and the DNC have brainwashed lower class b’s into believing they are horribly oppressed. Term’s like wh1te privilege are bandied about [email protected] Racism? A ticket for it? Did you hear that the church that was burned in MS and painted with TRUMP was burned by a Democrat trying to gin up hate. The initial incident made the news. The identification of the perp made little news. All this being said, there are bad people. There is racism. So where is the connection to Trump supporters? Is race the only issue that defines them? I know AAs who voted Trump.

          • Scott H

            PLEASE…SPLC is a fraud. I’m sure you won’t read this article from an actual intellectually rigorous organization. You can choose to be willfully ignorant, just like with the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative which were obvious pay for play scams, es evidenced with the CGI shutting down as soon as they no longer wielded political influence.

            http://www.weeklystandard.com/king-of-fearmongers/article/714573

          • The Constitutionalist

            SPLC is about as credible as Wikipedia edited by your kids.

          • amytales

            Only because you say so, right? I guess that’s what you also say about the parts of the constitution you don’t like?

      • Scott H

        Hey Amy, do you realize that in the waning weeks of the election, instead of going to places like, say Wisconsin, Hillary spent millions of dollars to turn our MORE people in Democratic states like CA to ensure she didn’t lose the popular vote. She stopped trying to win electoral votes and focused on winning slam dunk states by MORE. She lost b/c she is an unlikable criminal. She lost the election but won the popular votes because she ran a horrible campaign. Quit your whining about judging the election under rules that were not set out before the election began and would have changed the entire way the candidates campaigned.

        • amytales

          Why do you feel the urgent need to relitigate your failed hysterical claims about Clinton? I certainly haven’t mentioned her. Either way, she is not a criminal, or she would have actually been charged with something. You Republicans have hated her, hounded her, and tried without ceasing to get her on something, anything. All while a much, much more corrupt know-nothing candidate got a free pass from you.

          Sorry again, but the SPLC sure is legitimate and an expert on hate groups and activities. You only think they’re fringe because you don’t like what they do, their targets are usually right wing, and you want to sweep everything under the rug.

          And AGAIN, I have not taken any issue with the way elections work. If all you want is to just get up on a soapbox, start your own comment thread.

          • The Constitutionalist

            “I hate not taken any issue with the way elections work.” Writing/English/Reading comp 1 not a required class at your Ivy?

          • amytales

            Lol, projecting much?!

          • amytales

            You can’t even quote me correctly. Both times you’ve done it, you misspelled a word that I wrote correctly. And if you can’t recognize perfectly adequate phrasing, perhaps you should go back and retake all those basic classes you obviously didn’t master.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Courtesy of my phone. I’ll edit them to quote you correctly, if it will allow.

            However, that would suggest I haven’t taken a typing class, which is true.

          • amytales

            See, I understand how words get messed up when typing on a phone. But you were criticizing my writing, which was perfectly acceptable grammatically as it was. So maybe it doesn’t make much sense to come on and nitpick at others’ writing ability when much more substantive discussion can be had.

          • The Constitutionalist

            I was criticizing what you wrote, not how you wrote it. You have laid out multiple phrases in your argument of all the issues you have with how elections are held in the United States. I couldn’t frankly give two sh!ts about any punctuation, grammar, or spelling errors, especially not in an online forum.

            I write for a living and I will be the first to admit that I happily keep proofreaders employed.

          • amytales

            Well, if you truly wanted to criticize WHAT I wrote, maybe you could have used your writing skills to explain your amorphous criticism, rather than just hurling an insult.

            And you are just the latest to the party of people who still are having trouble understanding that I WAS NOT CRITICIZING HOW ELECTIONS WORK. I was criticizing the statement that “the will of the American people” is synonymous with the electoral college outcome. “The will of the American people” correlates more closely with the popular vote. I did NOT say that the popular vote does or should decide elections rather than the electoral college. My comments were much narrower in scope. This isn’t that hard to understand.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Apparently is is that hard to understand, since the will of the American commenter has spoken. Maybe we can parallel this to why the popular vote sucks.

          • amytales

            Hate to break it to you, but the understanding of the American commenter is, on average, quite poor. The handful of people who have participated in this comment thread bears no relation to the country as a whole. But if you want to explain how you think we can extrapolate from such a tiny sample size, go ahead and make your sophisticated case.

          • The Constitutionalist

            It was sarcasm. A word that you can find the definition of using an online dictionary. Websters is fine.

          • amytales

            Sarcasm to what end? And actually, you might have more need for a dictionary than I do.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Also, isn’t the understanding of the American popular voter, probably a little more than on average, quite poor?

          • amytales

            Yes, I would most definitely agree, although it’s another question how the distribution of that particular population is spread between the Trump, Clinton, and “other” vote.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Here, to avoid confusion I’ll copy and paste some of the quickly written issues you’ve taken so far, at least this is how I and everyone who seems to argue with you is reading it.

            “Perhaps you meant the will of the electoral college. Because the will of the actual American people gave Hillary the edge in the election.”

            “The minority referred to is the group of people who voted for Trump. Hillary won the popular vote by over 2 percentage points, last time I checked.”

            “We all know it’s the electoral college. But electors are not known collectively as “the American people,” they’re known as the electoral college. “The American people” are the voters.”

            “The electoral college is a minuscule subset of our population, and they were elected to cast a vote for the candidate who wins in each individual state.”

            “I simply disagree that the electoral college is synonymous with “the will of the American people.” ”

            CLEARLY you don’t have an issue with the process.

          • amytales

            Ah yes, let’s pluck my comments out of context to make an argument that I never made. That’s intellectually dishonest. I clearly told you what my argument ACTUALLY WAS.

          • The Constitutionalist

            But…

            Your argument says that you don’t have a problem with it, then you list a whole bunch of reasons why you have a problem with it.

            Your thesis and examples contradict one another.

          • amytales

            No. There is no contradiction. All I am doing is pointing out that comparing the electoral college outcome with the popular vote yields a conflicting result, and that people who only focus on the electoral college as the predominating representation of what “the American people” want are missing a piece of the puzzle, regardless of which factor determines the presidency. When I say I “don’t have a problem with it,” what I mean is that I did not advocate, and am not now advocating, that the popular vote override the electoral college, or that the electoral college should be eliminated. Do you get it now? I won’t hold my breath.

          • The Constitutionalist

            I’ve always understood what you have said you are saying, I’m merely trying to point out that the way what you have typed reads comes across as you having a real problem with it. Whether you do or not.

            Sort of like saying, “I don’t mind eating peas, but here’s all the reasons why I hate them….”

            This has been a fun conversation. There’s not many people here that can or will argue intellectually for as long as you have. I believe you’ve done an admirable job here defending your side without stooping too far down toward my level. (A shame really, that’s my favorite).

            I hope you didn’t take any of my comments personally.

  • Mike M

    Some faces just need flying into! 🙂

  • President Hillary not so much

    I am so glad i voted for president trump because without him all of this would have been impossible!!!

    • Young country 2017

      No matter which way you look at it its unbelievable that over 50% of the votes did not even make a difference. Now lets all hear it from “lets make America great again”.

      • Mike M

        Google electoral college.

      • Greg

        Let me guess —- Fairfax County school graduate?

        • amytales

          That’s just horribly rude and condescending. Knock it off.

          • Greg

            And you are shadowing Mother Teresa and Ghandi with your judgments of everyone not like you? For shame.

          • amytales

            I haven’t belittled anyone’s education.

          • Greg

            Neither have I. I do wonder about yours, though.

          • amytales

            Earth to Greg, the comment of yours from five hours ago DID belittle someone’s education. And you don’t need to worry about mine. I did just fine for myself at an Ivy, thanks.

          • Greg

            No, I didn’t.

          • amytales

            Um, yes, you did.

          • Greg

            No, I did not.

          • amytales

            So….what were you getting at, then, by asking Young Country 2017 whether he graduated from Fairfax County schools, with what sounds to me like a sneering tone?

          • The Constitutionalist

            You’re my favorite special snowflake, amytales.

          • amytales

            And you’re a troll with nothing to add to the conversation except random insults.

        • Mike M

          My guess? FCPS teacher.

      • TooBad

        Hillary didn’t get over 50% of the vote either, genius.

  • Greendayer

    These people probably have no idea where Captiva Court or Sanibel Drive are in Reston. The community they worry about does not include the residents who live there. But, such are hypocrites.

  • JB

    Where did anyone say this group was intolerant of any opinions but their own? They’re inviting anyone to the table. Those of you mocking them or putting them down are showing intolerance and bitterness at what?

    • Mike M

      Would they invite me? Then scream at me as they do here.

      • Guest

        Oh you poor thing. Do you need a safe space?

        • Mike M

          I see you feel burned by my frequent use of that line where it applies. It doesn’t apply to me. You know my comments and the responses and tell me who needs a safe space. Who needs to put their helmet on? You know, the helmets with the padded chinstraps and the ear covers. I can deal with this election just as I dealt with the last one, and the one before that. I seek not a “support group.” Safe space is something the left generated and uses frequently. Pathetic, isn’t it?

          • Guest

            Sounds like you do.

  • L-word

    instead of worrying about the new executive we should be deeply concerned about what RA leadership has been doing over the past two years, ignoring their well promoted LIVE WORK PLAY fiasco. anyone DARE TO COMMENT???

  • BJ Wilson

    You think that Donald Trump is out to destroy Reston, Virginia? Really???

    From my viewpoint, it’s Cathy Hudgins and an incompetent Reston Association who are making Reston unlivable.

  • Meggers

    Wow, no accountability from the folks that have been in Reston mismanaging the community. Just pointing fingers at a President that hasn’t even taken office yet. Pathetic.

    • amytales

      About Trump not having taken office yet, he’s already done plenty of things to show exactly what he’s going to do. It’s not like he hasn’t already shown us large glimpses into his childish twitter tantrums and lack of concern and understanding for women and minorities.

  • Mike M

    Keep setting up your strawmen so that you can knock them down easily and feel yourself the hero on the cheap.

  • Scott H

    JB. Please call me. I’d like to know where you got your tin foil hat. OMG!!! Please find the delicate snowflake who started this ridiculous group and spend the next 8 years with her in the dark in the fetal position.

  • FeeFieFoFum

    “In a personal sense of what’s right and what’s wrong, the morality of
    this coming administration is truly frightening,” Lebow said.
    “Everything is contrary to what we believe as a community, to what we
    believe as individuals.”

    Just so you know, millions of people felt exactly the same way about the (thankfully) almost gone outgoing administration – it had a frightening lack of morality and everything it did was contrary to what we believe as individuals and a community. Guess we should have all met for coffee to whine and commiserate…

    • amytales

      Better than burning Obama in effigy. And your sense of morality is totally out of tune.

      • FeeFieFoFum

        Lefties having their tantrums downtown have already made openly terroristic threats against the new president and behaved in a far more vile, violent, and vulgar fashion than any Tea Party rally.

        I don’t know how you plan to demonstrate that your morality is superior to mine, but go ahead and try, it should prove amusing. I especially look forward to the explanation of why, when the Obama administration did the exact same things for which the Bush administration was reviled, it was good when Obama did it.

  • Newport

    Lets give these folks a participation award for giving hugs out to individuals who can’t stand not seeing things go their way

  • Chuck Morningwood

    I hope he starts building the wall today, and bans all new muslims. Today, that is.

    • A Restonian

      If your raycist post lasts for more than an hour here it is proof solid that we have legitimized your bigotry. I’ll no longer support and get my local news elsewhere.

      • Mike M

        Has he changed since last year? No. Neither have I. I also believe the extremeness of his comment is aimed at getting under the skin of people just like you. Direct hit?

      • The Constitutionalist

        Muslim isn’t a race.

        • Guest

          Your reading comprehension is clearly flawed! If you check A Restonian’s post, it says raycist, which as everyone knows is discriminating against Ray. So …stop doing that.

          • The Constitutionalist

            Crap, you are correct.

  • amytales

    Actually, Paul, you don’t remember the Tea Party rallies where Obama was burned in effigies? I sure do. It’s intellectually dishonest for you to claim that anti-Obama folks just sipped wine and carried on. You guys were LOUD, rude, and hysterical. Your historical revisionism won’t override the prevailing historical narrative that carries on into perpetuity.

    • The Constitutionalist

      “You historical revisionism” You’ve managed to make me spit out my morning coffee twice in one day. Bravo!

      • amytales

        Joke’s on you.

        • The Constitutionalist

          I mean… is it really? Who just became the president of the United States?

          Go ahead, put an L in your column. I’ll wait.

          • amytales

            So you took issue with “historical revisionism” without explaining your problem with it. If you’re not familiar with the term, you can get an idea of what it is by reading this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_revisionism. Do you dispute that Tea Party folks held rallies and parades where Obama was burned in effigy? There’s plenty of documented evidence testifying to those events. Paul said that people who voted against Obama just sat back and drank wine. Ergo, Paul is whitewashing history, otherwise known as historical revisionism.

          • The Constitutionalist

            What I was saying without saying it, is that there’s been an enormous amount of revising history on both sides. Not just one.

          • amytales

            Actually, that’s not what you were saying, because you didn’t say it. All you did was quote three words and laugh. Even IF both sides revise history, that doesn’t make the incident we’re currently talking about immaterial.

  • FoetusBlow

    even the sisters are disgusted with this whining…grow UP! https://youtu.be/_fzGRyHANAU

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