Anaheim Blog readers remember Jason Young, gadfly wedding videographer with a court record.
Jason is about as subtle and nuanced as a sledgehammer. Jason’s favorite tactic is accusing people of being “liars” – an interesting approach from someone convicted of burglary and identity theft.
Today, Jason unsheathed his stiletto in an attempt to slash (figuratively speaking) the newest member of the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee, Amanda Edinger.
I’ll not link to Jason’s attempt at character assassination. He posts screenshots of some comments Mrs. Edinger has made on Facebook and uses them to falsely claim Mrs. Edinger is anti-immigrant. In other words, the guy who continually accuses other people of being liars shows himself to be exactly that: a liar.
Amanda Edinger’s comments reveal that she thinks the federal welfare state is too big and that too many people are dependent on it; that immigrants who are in this country illegally should not be given amnesty; that immigrants to this country should learn English; that the federal government should be able to control the border; that individuals should strive to be self-sufficient. All of these are views that are squarely in the mainstream of American political thought.
But Jason Young, in a deeply dishonest act, smears her as “anti-immigrant.”
I’m not really surprised by Jason Young’s behavior: he’s a vicious crackpot. What is disappointing is the reaction of the usual left-wing suspects.
Greg Diamond – liberal blogger, Democratic activist and the smartest man he knows — opines that someone with Amanda’s worldview should never be appointed to anything. Good to know that public service must be restricted to people with opinions acceptable to the Left. How very tolerant and inclusive of you, Greg.
OC Labor Federation political director Julio Perez linked to Jason’s screed on his Facebook page (that’s where Diamond saw it). It’s worth noting Perez is among those lobbying the committee Amanda sits on to recommend carving the city into 8 city council fiefdoms drawn in accordance to ethnic/racial criteria.
Eric Altman was aghast that anyone could hold such political opinion and then goes on to note on his Facebook page: “It’s worth noting that Amanda Edinger voted AGAINST council districts.”
It’s also worth noting that OCCORD, the Garden Grove-based group headed by La Habra-resident Altman, has been intensively lobbying the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Council on which Amanda Edinger sits — and which is chaired by one of OCCORD’s major funders.
It is a vivid illustration of how radical is the world view of Altman, Perez, Diamond and the rest of their progressive caravan, that they equate opposition to illegal immigration as being anti-immigrant; that they see supporting limited government, a shrunken welfare state, self-reliance and secure borders as weird and beyond-the-pale.
Amanda Edinger has nothing to gain. She isn’t a political activist who is accustomed to the rough-and-tumble of political combat — as are yours truly or Eric Altman or Julio Perez. Amanda is a stay-at-home mother with young kids who is volunteering her time to serve on a citizens committee charged with a serious responsibility.
Like most ordinary folks Amanda isn’t used to being publicly – not to mention dishonestly — attacked. In my opinion Jason’s online knife attack was designed to intimidate her into either skipping tonight’s CAC meeting or just keeping her mouth shut. Jason’s blog post is a reflection on him, not Amanda — and a reflection on those who’ve been spreading his poison online.
So, for her service, Amanda is subjected to character assassination from creepy Jason Young, and whose viciousness is then echoed and spread by the likes of Eric Altman — who will no doubt be at the podium tonight, smiling at the CAC members and thanking them for their service.
Is it any wonder that normal, ordinary citizens want little or nothing to do with politics and government?
What a bunch of hypocrites! It would be nice if Mayor Tait would publicly call on his biggest bootlicker to retract this smear. It is the Year of Kindness, after all.
When the left cannot defend their views reasonably or feel threatened by mere thoughts and ideas, they always go pit-bull.
It seems to me that this cyber bully and the leftist extremist that you have mentioned in your article must be extremely worried about this ordinary stay-at-home mother.
Congratulations Mrs. Edinger and thank you for your service. Please do not stop.
Think about this my friends….this woman, Amanda, is appointed to a city commission. In his desire to drive his personal agenda, Jason Young attacks this woman for her opinion and for comments she made on her personal Facebook page.
What society do you want – one where good people choose not to be involved in their community for fear that they will be attacked and surrender their city to the rabble-rowsers.
Or one where good people allow a divergent point of view and respect others. And shun those vicious few who attack innocent and decent people.
Like most ordinary folks Amanda isn’t used to being publicly – not to mention dishonestly — attacked.
Yep, life sure would be nicer if people didn’t attack other ‘ordinary folks’ on the basis of what they scraped off of someone’s personal Facebook page. No disagreement from me.
It’s also worth noting that OCCORD, the Garden Grove-based group headed by La Habra-resident Altman
I guess that you’re trying to say that we should take the opinions of out-of-towners regarding Anaheim’s future with a grain of salt, Orange resident Matthew Cunningham?
Biff, if unwarranted smugness were an energy source, we could tap you and provide free electricity to every home and building in Anaheim in perpetuity.
Allow me to educate you on the difference. Alejandra Ponce De Leon is not an “ordinary person.” She is a professional political activist. It’s what she does for a living. Amanda Edinger is not. She’s a stay-at-home who volunteered to serve on the CAC. I’m surprised you’re unable to grasp the difference.
Also, I’m surprised you don’t see the difference between Amanda Edinger opposing the expansion of the federal entitlement state, securing the border and being against multiculturalism, and Ponce De Leon praising a dead foreign tyrant whose time in power was characterized by persecuting his political opposition, aggrandizing his own personal power, subverting free and independent government institutions, and allying with America’s enemies to undermine U.S. national security interests.
As for OCCORD and Altman, I pointed that out because I don’t think observers of Anaheim politics realize OCCORD isn’t based in Anaheim. I only discovered that a few months ago. Given that OCCORD and Eric seem to focus all their time on Anaheim, I had always assumed OCCORD was based in Anaheim, and that Eric lived in Anaheim.
OCCORD also shares office space with UNITE-HERE Local 11, for whom Eric worked for 15 years before the union staked him to run its non-profit spin-off.
Why does the left have such a difficult time making an argument? If you disagree, then discuss it. Young’s post illustrates why hard working residents choose to stay home than attend meetings or become involved. Instead, they make their voices heard with their vote. Personally attacking people for their point of view is never constructive. People should have the ability to voice their beliefs without fear of a character assassination. Thank you Matt for exposing Young for the person he truly is.