Dear Mr. Sharkansky*,
"Vigilance." It's a word we've been hearing a lot lately, and given Sec. Chertoff's recent episodes of gastric distress, I'm glad it's being discussed.
But, unfortunately, talk is cheap. I'm concerned that too few people actually practice vigilance. Of course, I'm not talking about you. Your quick reaction to news that Zina Linnik's killer had been captured is a great example of vigilance in action. Within moments of the announcement, while the rest of us were immobilized by feelings of sadness and compassion for the family, you acted quickly, boldly exploiting the brutal murder of a child to make a cheap political point about the state's voter registration laws.
Yes, you paid a price for your vigilance. Those who possess souls, consciences, or at least the tiniest semblance of a sense of decency were quick to brand you insane or "lack[ing] of even the appearance of humanity," but who cares what they think. You scored a political point, few will remember that you tallied it in a little girl's blood.
Gen. JC Christian, patriot
*Update: Mr. Sharkansky asked me to remove the direct mail link to his email address. He asked nicely, so I did.