Abuse of the power of office is just one of those things we live with if we don’t want to live in anarchy.
From Sherman Frederick, publisher of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, on the bullying tactics and threats coming from esteemed senator Harry Reid:
On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber’s board members for a meet-‘n’-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal’s director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal.
Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: “I hope you go out of business.”
Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.
Good on you, Mr. Frederick.
Statists in the upper pinnacles of power like Harry Reid can get away with or do almost anything because no one will challenge them. They fear the consequences, and rightly so. Mr. Reid (and I use “Mr.” as an honorific just to keep things civil) weilds great clout – no doubt he could ruin me or any other private citizen or small business without so much as batting an eye.
So it is refreshing and encouraging to see people begin to stand against the machine. The machine needs to go away.