One of the great things about the internet is that it provides a place for inexpensive self-publishing, acting as an amplification on the first amendment – anyone can speak their mind and get their views heard. The downside, of course, is that anyone can speak their mind and get their views heard. But sometimes the results are so mind-numbingly idiotic that it makes for a considerable amount of amusement and March’s winner of the Robert O’Brien Trophy is no exception.
Michael Westfall, editor of a webpage aimed at “Conservative Worker’s (sic) of America”, is one of those delightful wingnuts blissfully typing away out on the fringes of the net. Though his writing is often little more than a string of cliches placed end to end (“A hard hitting, cutting edge perspective which is straight from Americas (sic) heartland”), it more than makes up in sheer lunacy what it lacks in quality.
Wesfall has even taken to writing a series of letters from Satan to his “supporters” in America – beginning, of course, with a letter to the ACLU, praising them as “delusional liberal disciples.” The letter includes inanities like this:
To you my ACLU, I want to give my highest commendation. How you locate and manipulate liberal judges for my purpose and to do my bidding would warm my heart, if I had a heart.
The bucketful of legal troubles that you dish out to any group or power fighting against me is like an ongoing deep breath of rank stagnant air.
You have been on fire for me and have advanced my cause to such a degree that I don’t know where to “stop thanking you”. How could I function without you? “Just consider the shape America would be in without you”?
One of the sure signs of wingnuttery, in my experience, is the random use of quotation marks where they don’t belong, like how the Worldnutdaily always puts the word “gay” in quotation marks – as though they weren’t really gay. Then there’s this passage from Satan’s letter to the music industry:
MTV and its fellow music channels now reach hundred’s of millions of households. They are the best-known channels among people from the ages of 11 to 35 years old. Their music videos use strong violence, have tobacco or alcohol use in 25% of their videos and 75% of their videos involve sexual imagery. Keep up this great liberal work in my name, MTV!
I don’t think he’s been paying attention. MTV hasn’t played an actual music video in years. The programming is now nothing but pseudo-reality shows designed to bore to death anyone with an IQ over 9. And best of all, Westphal lives right here in Michigan. Go read his page. I promise you’ll find hours of amusement in it.