A letter to Baby Ruth
 
From: wildbill4dixie@yahoo.com
 
There was a time when Danny Ruth would respond to my barbs with barbs of his own. Ever since he moved to the St. Pete Times, he responds the way he did with this letter – a simple "thank you for your generous support." Maybe his new bosses warned him about engaging in verbal battles with people he doesn’t know? After all, when someone writes you a nasty letter and you respond in kind, you never know if you’re dealing with a mental case or serial killer? Maybe he’s simply burning out in his old age? Or maybe I hit a nerve when I accused him of being afraid of minorities while pandering to them and hiding out in a lily-white neighborhood?
 
To: druth@sptimes.com
From: wildbill4dixie@yahoo.com
 
Re: http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/a-license-to-promote-ignorance/1057909
 
Hey Ruth – I see they let you “out” again? Got a day pass did you?
 
A few quickies:
 
***Get a hair transplant, shave your empty head, or see Hair Club for Men. All 3 are reasonable alternatives to simply gluing a piece of road kill to your head.
 
http://www.tampabay.com/writers/daniel-ruth
 
***Don’t try and make like a friend to the Cherokee. They and the 4 other “civilized tribes” fought with us against people wearing blue uniforms who thought, talked and acted just like you do. The last Confederate general to lay down his arms was a Cherokee and I don’t expect that the descendents of those Cherokee would be too happy about your attempt to pander to them. The good news is that I don’t think the Cherokee engage in scalping these days. The bad news is that you might just pi** one of them off enough so that he stops by your office and rips that funny looking hairpiece off your head.
 
***faux patriots – There is nothing “faux” about the patriotism of the people you mock. Ever since the Spanish American war, these people have been the first to step up and volunteer whenever America gets involved in a scrape, while people like you have been the first to run and hide under their beds.
 
***The fact that you view “Choose Life” and “In God We Trust” to be “controversial” speaks volumes about who and what you are. To people like you, who claim we fought for slavery, I always say, “If you want to see why we fought, look in the mirror. We fought to get away from riff raff like you.”
 
Now to the main points:
 
First, Alexander Stephens and Slavery as the “Cornerstone”: 
 
Gee, did you actually pick up a history book to look this up or did someone simply tell you what Alexander Stephens said? My money’s on the latter. Your columns don’t look like they are written by someone who reads a whole lot. “Slavery is the Cornerstone….” Yada yada yada….. Those words, even when taken out of context, pale by comparison to the words of people who came from your neck of the woods – words like General Sherman’s, who stated he was fighting for a government strong enough for “vindicating its just and rightful authority, independent of niggers, cotton, money, or any earthly interest,” or the words of his brother, John Sherman, Republican Senator from Ohio – “We do not like the negroes. We do not disguise our dislike. ….The whole people of the Northwestern states are opposed to having many negroes among them…’ “Or Senator William Seward’s (R-NY),  who described “Negroes” as a  “foreign and feeble element like the Indians, incapable of assimilation…a pitiful exotic unwisely and unnecessarily transplanted into our fields, and which it is unprofitable to cultivate at the cost of the desolation of the native vineyard.” Or maybe you prefer another New Yorker, Senator John Dix, who argued that freeing slaves without any forethought might be a good thing, because blacks were an “inferior caste” and would simply “die out?” Newsflash – these guys were died in the wool Yankees. They also cared no more about African Americans than you do!
 
And yes, I have lots more quotes where these came from as well as the sources to back them up. But I don’t expect you’re interested in sources.
 
Second: Why a Confederate License Plate?
 
The answer is, simply, because it’s important to a large segment of Florida’s population, and that segment of the population has as much right to celebrate what is important to them as any other segment. Their feelings, their rights, count as much as anyone else’s.
 
Third: Your feigned concern for African Americans
 
I’ve told you this before and I’ll tell you again – stop trying to act like some kind of social crusader. It’s embarrassing and it’s about as transparent as a g-string on a stripper, but not as pleasant to watch. We both know that the sight of more than 2 “African Americans” in the same place makes you wet your pants, and that the neighborhood in which you live is as white as the paper in my printer. Besides, in order to have any genuine concern or empathy for anyone, be it African American or otherwise, one actually has to like people – and it is clear from your columns that you don’t. Your words, no matter what you’re writing about, drip with bile and hate, and they appeal to the worst instincts of human nature. You are not a helper, by any stretch of the imagination.
 
Finally, I counted 12 personal insults in a 795 word column – not counting innuendos. Do you get paid by the insult or are you simply relieving the anger which pervades your petty little life? Did your mommy and daddy not pay enough attention to you, or did you get beat up a lot when you were in school? Is this your way of getting back at the world? If it’s a case of being paid by the insult, can you tell me how I can get a job like yours?  If not, then might I suggest you seek a little professional help? Carrying that much bile around with you can’t be good for your health.
 
Bill Vallante
Commack NY
Sons of Confederate Veterans, Associate Member, Camp 3000, Camp 1506