“Truth truck” idiocy

A Diana Beuttner posted a photo on Mayor Anthony Silva’s Facebook page of a ”Truth Truck” ostensibly parked outside my house.

“Thou shalt not spew propaganda with the truth truck in town Mr. Fitzgerald. Consider yourself had by the truth truck,” she crows.

Beuttner was the woman involved in Stockton’s Occupy movement. You remember: while writing in chalk outside City Hall, she claimed she was deliberately bumped by City Manager Bob Deis. Police disagreed. All the failed Stockton movement achieved beside this puerile conflict was to turn Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza into a homeless day camp.

Now this. I could object that posting my house is an attempt at intimidation. What else is the purpose of saying, “We know where you live?” Or that it puts me at risk for the sort of vandalism Mayor Kathy Miller suffered, and could put my family at risk.

But I won’t, because … that’s not my house.

That’s not my house, genius.

I do feel Beuttner has done a service. She has shown the combination of ingorance and edgy behavior that many of Silva’s suporters substitute for reasoned civic debate. She could have argued the merits of Silva’s plan, or attacked my arguments. That is how cities argue out better policy.

Grown-ups who believe civic debate should be fact-based can read an independent analysis of Silva’s tax plan here. The experts conclude it is a disaster in the making.

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