Nov 27, 2012
“This would be a good time to take your medicine and remain silent about anything i do or say”
That is the message I received from Al Gerhart this morning.
Although I loath to have to write about this on my personal blog, I feel I have no choice because I have realized that some of my friends that have not had to spend time at ground zero with Al Gerhart, do not know the extent of his abusiveness towards other grassroots activists and this is why I have chosen to make my remarks on the situation both clear and public, so that they will know.
The grassroots activists in Oklahoma has a poison in their midst. The poison is Al Gerhart of the Sooner Tea Party.
I do not want to make a public logbook of all each and every harm caused by the man so you can take my words of caution for what you believe they are worth and you are welcome to contact me privately if you have any questions.
I tolerated Gerhart far longer than I should have. It was some months ago when I knew for certain that he invariably destroys nearly everything he touches and that there is no tolerating of him. At that point I pointedly and publicly severed ties. But that did not free me from the damage caused by Gerhart. Without fail people and projects that I love have crossed paths with the man since causing damage and heartache to all touched by him. He also will not refrain from exercising a vendetta against any and all that he feels have crossed him in some way making my first choice of a peaceful parting of ways impossible.
I have few gifts and many faults but one of those gifts is the ability to work with and find common ground with just about anyone. I truly like people, all kinds of people, and that fact is evident in all that I do.
When Al Gerhart came on the activism scene in 2009, I thought he was ‘different’. And he was. To his credit, he is one of the hardest workers I have ever known. Nothing deters him from his goals. He doesn’t scare easily and never backs down. He is also pretty smart. Adjusting to Al Gerhart was a tough challenge but since he was obviously here to stay and slap in the middle of most things I was working on, I accepted him the same way I do any activist. To each his own! Let’s face it, there aren’t enough of us that are paying attention to our government and even less that are willing to speak up and work hard to correct the problems we see. Al’s greatest fault is the fact that he is built to be a hammer and everything and everyone looks like a nail to him. He cannot discern between freind or foe and nothing and no one is sacred to him. And he has proven time and again, we are all fair game.
Many people have found themselves discomforted with Al’s tactics when it comes to legislators and officials. We have justified it to ourselves by thinking that they choose to take office and harsh comments from the public goes with the territory. Also, with the level of frustration we have feeling ignored and inconsequential in matters of our governance, we chose to condone Al’s behavior towards these public officials even though in many of our minds, he went too far for our tastes.
Then we come to a problem that hits a little closer to home and that is the level of abuse heaped upon ordinary grassroots activists that displease ‘Al the Terrible’ in some manner. Now, Al justifies this type of behavior by saying that “We must also hold our conservative group leaders accountable.” By ‘accountable’ he means dishing out brutal punishment to these people that is all out of proportion to any ‘crime’. Now mind you, I am talking about people like you who are not paid and don’t get anything out of their work but personal satisfaction. These are people that are concerned about the antics of government and are endeavoring in some way to change things for the better. Nothing more, nothing less but in the mind of Al Gerhart, these people’s perceived transgressions are worthy of what amounts to public humiliation.
Out of respect, I am not going to name these respected activists that Al Gerhart has maligned.. If you read this blog or have even a superficial level of involvement in grassroots conservative politics-you know them and you respect them. If you read the Sooner Tea Party newsletter, you have read it.
An example punishment meted out to these activists that far exceeds any ‘crime’ there is the instance of a Christian Pastor and well respected conservative activist who dared challenge Al Gerhart. He is punished by depicting him, both graphically and textually, as a victim of homosexual rape.
For the average activist transgressor, they are treated to paragraph after paragraph of accusations of being sniveling cowards and liars and fools while Gerhart spins his story in such a way that he always come out the hero.
For the handicapped transgressor, Al has no problem poking fun at their physical condition.
Even when he takes up the cause of good men, he does so by filthy means that ends up staining the good man’s reputation.
I am presently the target of Al Gerhart. In my case I have punished for my independent actions that displeased Al Gerhart and this, in Gerhart’s twisted mind, warrants me a public shaming via his weekly newsrag.
Most recently, he is upset with me because his public public taunting of myself and others I care about have earned him the threat of a single blow to his delicate snotlocker should I ever be presented the opportunity of doing so. Maybe I was wrong to say such a thing but I was at a loss for how to respond rationally to an irrational person. For this insult to the dignity of the great and powerful Al, I get a write up as being not only a coward but a horridly obese woman and a “Sasquatch” in his weekly newsletter. (If you want to read his pathetic attempt to humiliate me into silence, you can do so here. The diatribe is towards the bottom under “A Reader Responds”) If Al was the psychological mastermind that he thinks he is, he would have known that it is my brains and not my butt that I prize so much and that I happen to think my butt is fine and his words would do nothing to change that fact.
In other writings, I have been called profane names and have been misrepresented in a number of ways but he has done far worse to others. This is the virtual equivalent of a tar and feathering.
This morning I received more warnings from Mr. Gerhart who is apparently feeling the effects of his own boorish behavior in the form of good people withdrawing their support of him. He sent me a text message asking me if I have unfiled tax returns and warning that;
“This would be a good time to take your medicine and remain silent about anything i do or say”
I told him I would not be quiet and that I am not afraid of him.
to which he responded;
“Choose your path wisely. I’ve treated you gently so far but that can change if need be. I meant the good things i wrote about your work, it would be a shame if you didn’t learn your lesson”
My two word response to his threat?
Over the years since I have known Al, I have witnessed his reaction to what he sees as the most serious threat of all, the threat of someone getting between him and the drug that he is addicted to; Power and Control. That means I am surely in for it because I fully intend to challenge his power and control when it come to my life and the people I care about.
I know from his past behavior that he will spend hours and hours working on a blistering write up filled with lies, half truths and garden variety spin meant to exalt himself and and pound his target into submission.
A good example is a recent 23,000 word screed authored by Al Gerhart and posted to a popular Ron Paul message board that literally left hapless forum reader breathless at the sheer volume of words created by this maniac. Most did not read the novel but it did earn a top spot as the most lengthy posts ever written on that site.
Yes, I am certainly in for it aren’t I? But I will not be silent about the things he does and says and I will not take my medicine. I do not fear of him, my Father has my back and at the end of the day, Al Gerhart can take it up with him.
Furthermore, I will take this opportunity to entreat upon the conscious of those who continue to support this man either by subscribing to his venomous newsletter or by their silence in the face of his vile attacks against people they may not know to do the right thing and deprive him of oxygen.
I have often said when people thank me for my work that their words are my payday. Al is no different. The work he does pays only in his personal satisfaction. Your subscription to his newsletter gives him great joy. In fact, he can see from the newsletter client he uses, when each person opens it, how long they spend reading it and even who they forward it to. He treasures these logs of your attention like a miser counting his money. He pores over them often as evidence that he matters, that he has influence and power.
Now let me say that Al has provided some value to his readers in the form of good information and exposing wrongdoing. I wish he would keep to that. At the same time, he has also done his readers a disservice by letting personal vendettas interfere with the facts so that it is hard to trust what he writes. I realized the last time I tried to give him the facts on his faulty reporting and he rejected it, that he cares nothing for the truth and I could not trust his information and therefor it was of little value.
I have already deprived Mr. Gerhart his ‘payday’ a while back by unsubscribing from his venom filled newsletter. I hope others will search their conscious too and do exactly what Gerhart repeatedly reminds his readers to do, hold him accountable.