The Local Crank

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Location: Cleburne, Texas, United States

Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Sunday, April 23, 2006

My Infamy Spreads

I can't begin to tell y'all how moving it is to know that Dr. James Leininger was so profoundly disturbed by my April 16, 2006 Cleburne Times-Review column (in which he was mentioned in passing in one sentence) that he had a press monkey shoot off a generic press release of the same sort that's been running in papers all over the state. Of course, this spam statement completely missed my point: I will grant the benefit of the doubt and assume that Leininger is sincerely motivated by the desire to help children through public school vouchers. And he is well within his rights to donote money to candidates who share his beliefs, just like you and I are. The difference, of course, is that the good doctor is a multi-millionaire and we aren't. And, thanks to the Supreme Court, that means he gets more free speech rights than we do. And that, regardless of what cause he champions, is wrong. It's not democracy; it's plutocracy.

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