Today’s Boston Globe highlights the story of two North Shore twins who write a conservative political blog in Massachusetts, the bluest of the blue states:
The Margolis twins are blogging to you from an undisclosed location, somewhere on the North Shore. They would like to be more specific about the home base of their conservative political blog, hubpolitics.com, but they are a bit rattled these days.
Not long ago, Aaron Margolis posted a seemingly sensible proposal that, in light of the recent slaying of Imette St. Guillen, and the indictment of a bouncer at the bar where the Boston-born graduate student was last seen alive, bar owners be required to run background checks on security guards. The torrent of obscene replies they received included a violent threat and an unpleasant hint: ”You. . . are being surveyed.”
I lived near Boston for more than six years prior to making the move back to the midwest. It’s a great place to be.. if you’re a Democrat. I’m not.
The last two elections, I’ve supported George W. Bush, and displayed the election bumper sticker to boot. Amid a sea of Kerry/Edwards and Gore/Leiberman stickers, my small Honda Civic looked out of place – and the stickers led to many parking lot conversations that could only be described as “aggressive”.
Being the voice of dissent – even online where there’s some hint of anonymity available to you – can be a dangerous game to play. I applaud the courage and desire to affect change by the Margolis brothers.
Matt Craven is the former editor & publisher of The Blog Herald. Currently, Matt is the co-founder of Bryghtpath LLC, a consulting practice located in Woodbury, Minnesota. Matt's presently looking for new blogging gigs. Ping him at matt (at) bryghtpath dot com. You can follow him on Twitter.