Dear Mr. Burgess,
When I wrote my blog post the other day and mentioned what I'd heard about you, I figured it would go one of three ways.
Option 1 - You don't read blogs therefore you'd have no idea I wrote anything about you. You and your real behavior would go on being a mystery to me and the two people who actually read this blog.
Option 2 - You would read the blog post and kindly refute the rumors of your instability. You'd also state your platform clearly and dispel the myth that you're only running because you hate Jim Tolbert.
Option 3 - You would read this blog post and reinforce all of the rumors of your instability with an endless barrage of ill advised comments.
Anybody who put money on Option 3 won.
Look, I get that you're a big time international literary star given your guest columns in the El Paso Times. I'm sure your team of publicists and showbiz lawyers are right now working on a full frontal assault on this very blog. No pipsqueak little blogger messes with the talent the El Paso Times brings in to barf-up 300 hundred words on whatever topic they feel is relevant for the week. Hell, you might even gather up all the other worthless hacks the El Paso Times picks to put readers to sleep and come attack me as one super Navy Seal guest editor strike team.
Then again, I know that nobody really gives a shit that you were/are a guest columnist for the El Paso Times. Way more interesting than being a guest columnist for the El Paso Times is the list of people who have never been asked to write for, and about, their community by the El Paso Times. You see, the guy running the paper is run by the Shapleigh Campers. Only Shapleigh Camper approved authors get space in the local paper. And then there's guys like you - too nutty to be taken seriously, so they let you scribble some thoughts down and we all realize it's in an effort to pat the ignorant opposition on the head like a little boy who just doesn't get it.
All that just points to your giant ego. Egos are not productive when doing the people's work... you know, legislating stuff and budgeting stuff. I wonder if I setup a challenge between you and President Obama who would win in a contest to refer to themselves the most times in a ten minute speech. I like you in that race. I'm always fan of the local megalomaniac.
I've been married for almost 11 years now. Any sense of self worth that would have bolstered my own ego was killed off long ago. I'd like to be like other bloggers in El Paso and scream "DON'T YOU KNOW WHO I AM!?!!??!?!? I AM THE POLITICAL GENIUS, SHOT CALLER AND ALL AROUND GOD OF POLITICS IN EL PASO!!!" But I can't do that because it's not true. I'm just a guy with a little spare time after dinner putting some thoughts down that nobody reads. Well... you read them. So, thank you.
It's interesting you're so interested in figuring out who I am. You deny you're a vindictive, aggressive person who is pursuing a campaign of personal and professional destruction of your enemies. However, your need to know who I am shows that you are developing me as a target of your anger. You don't want to address your own behavior that sparked criticism of you. Instead you'd like to go after me and mine. My mommy always said "if you want people to stop calling you an asshole, stop being an asshole." Okay, my mom never said that, I did. It just sounds more legitimate if someone's mom said it compared to someone like me.
As for your blog with a terribly unclever name... nobody reads it and nobody cares. The bond passed. The voters voted. Everything you say and do after the fact just puts you on the wrong side of history. Believe me, I was against bond issues before you even ever thought of putting silly little pictures on the internet as a means of showing your displeasure with how your tax dollars are spent. Nobody fears your words - they legitimately fear how you may act given your words.
Let me end with a little advice for you. Advice I know you will not take. NEVER confuse your First Amendment rights with the privilege of being able to speak at a public meeting. Nobody has the "right" to speak at a city council meeting. Not even the council members themselves. If you believe anything different - you're ignorant. Educated, thoughtful people know the difference. I question your ability to speak/write on any legislative topic given your complete ignorance of our Bill of Rights.
Given your history of assuming you have more privilege than others when speaking at a meeting as a member of the public, it's terrifying to think about how you would act if you got your own chair and microphone. Then again, I've had a lot of fun with politicos like you in the past and my two faithful readers are probably excited to see you get elected. I look forward to you attempting to repeal the EPSID bond from the chambers of the city council. I mean, what are you going to do after you're done bitching about Jim Tolbert?
Ps. Your problem with Tolbert is that he is an asshole. How would you be any different given your own behavior?
Pps. Want to know who I am? Ask Norma Chavez.