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Was That a Threat or a Promise?

There’s nothing like getting back into town after a weekend of comedy, cigars and good alcohol only to find threatening e-mail waiting for me.

I won’t go into details, but needless to say the person told me that I am in the middle of the “Taxpayers’ Revolt” regarding the “elites vs the common people” and if I know what’s good for me I’ll pick the right side or else there will be consequences.

I don’t know who the person was because they did not use their real name, however if you want the media to give you “fair and balanced” coverage, I don’t think making threats is the way to go.

In fact, you just may get the opposite of what you were asking for.  Wouldn’t that be fun?

  • http://none Mauri

    Hang in there Abdul. Only cowards and small chintsey people refuse to use their own name. And, usually they are dead wrong.!! That said, I’m for the TEA PARTY and if I am able to attend I will lend my support for several of the initiatives involved. Especially the taxation initiatives and the assault on our constitution and freedoms.

  • Taxpayer 834512

    There’s more than one reason for anonynimity. However, as temporary spokesman for the cowardly, small, and chintsey, I believe you to have thick skin, Abdul. I imagine your lovely bride-to-be and the prospect of raising further children in this world will also help keep you attuned to fiscal reality.

  • Robert-NW Side

    While it’s no secret that I disagree with Abdul on many subjects (mainly our Constitution), I honestly believe that he does well at getting info out to us that others miss.

    If I could just get him to acknowledge the words, spirit and intent of our Constitution, life would be great!

  • Diana

    Well surely you have that person’s computer ID registered on your stat counter. If you feel threatened, turn it over to the police. I’ve received threats and been harassed over the years for my activism, but I was told that people who really intend to harm you don’t usually make threats first.

  • Think Again

    Hang in there, Abdul. It’ll get better. And Taxpayer is right about anonymity–IF it’s for good purpose.s Threats do not fall into that category.

    Robert, your “view of the Constitution” and ours might collide. What then?

  • Abdul Hakim-Shabazz

    Thanks guys. I don’t think the person was promising physical harm. I just thought it was odd that someone thought they could threaten their way into favorable press.

  • Shorebreak

    Sounds more like someone trying to discredit the tax movement. I see it all the time in media.
    When a legitimate group starts to gain popularity and attention in search of fair, honest government, the best method for preventing their growth is to associate them with something negative. If that doesn’t work, the activists are blamed for even more heinous activities, while the media works to distort their message. We’ve already seen some of that from local media.
    My advice is to save the email and make it public when new emails arrive. But also keep in mind that this doesn’t help the tax movement – it smears it. It’s not a legitimate message from anyone who is looking for a successsful outcome.

  • Robert -NW Side

    “Robert, your “view of the Constitution” and ours might collide. What then?” — Think Again at 5.

    TA, my ‘view’ of the Constitution is the language employed. I’ve also read through both volumes of the Journals of the Convention of 1850-1851.

    What does the following passage mean to you?

    “No law shall be passed, the taking effect of which shall be made to depend upon any authority, except as provided in this Constitution.” — Art 1 Sec 25

    To me, this simply means exactly what it says; that no law shall be passed that does not draw its authority from the Indiana Constitution. Very simple to understand.

    Would you agree with this?

  • Robert -NW Side

    “Robert, your “view of the Constitution” and ours might collide. What then?” — Think Again @ 5

    TA, my ‘view’ of the Constitution is exactly what the Constitution says. After all, it was written to be understood and voted upon by the common man of 1851.

    What does the following quote mean to you?

    “No law shall be passed, the taking effect of which shall be made to depend upon any authority, except as provided in this Constitution.” – Art 1 Sec 25

    To me, it means that no unit of government can pass any law (rule, reg, etc) that does not draw its authority from our Constitution.

    Thus, if the Constitution does not give government the authority to do a thing, then government cannot legislate or regulate that thing.

    Pretty simple, really.

  • Daw-g

    I used to get threats all the time. To me they’re like the background noise of a city!
    And shorebreak is right on target. It’s the oldest trick in the book and surprised you took it to heart.

  • http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com Paul K. Ogden

    Daw-g and Shorebreak are exactly right. Even if the email were real, which I have my doubts, this is simply an old trick to try to discredit a group of people by taking something someone did and try to associate it with the group as a whole. You see that tactic used most prominently by hate groups that try dispareage blacks and now Latinos. For example, they’ll take the story of an African-American committing a henious crime and then publicize the as typical behavior of African-Americans.
    I’ve heard a lot of efforts to discredit the people at the Statehouse last week. I have yet to hear critics ever address the merits of the issues the speakers actually talked about.

  • Wilson46201

    It seems Gary Welsh doesn’t take criticism well…

  • Wayne Kirk

    I also agree with everyone about this so called email you received. It just doesn’t make sense because we’re all focused upon Jim Shella. I am actually in Arizona and had a meeting last night with a friend who owns a public relations firm and here shortly, I will be entering another meeting with the board of directors to have a talk about WISH-TV and Jim Shella and raise money for our efforts. Personally, I believe that if it’s true about IndyUndercover as the Advanced Indiana blog mentioned, then I feel that Abdul may have rubbed off a lot of people in the wrong way. I personally never was offended by Abdul but lately, I must say that he doesn’t really offer me much of an ear, but maybe that’s not a bad thing because I had an opportunity to share with others about Ron Paul on his radio show. I do have a question for you Abdul, with 115,000+ activists that have split from the three parties in Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty, do you really believe he’s crazy?

  • http://www.hoosiersforfairtaxation.com Melyssa

    Abdul, please publish the IP address of the person who sent that letter and let’s figure out who it is. Surely you have no vested interest in protecting the identity of someone who is threatening you.
    I would appreciate it if you would forward that letter to my email. I want to figure out who is behind it. I want no one in my ranks who does this sort of thing.

  • http://www.hoosiersforfairtaxation.com Melyssa

    Abdul…if I got such a letter, I would be publishing the IP address and getting to the bottom of it. It strikes me as odd that you claim this email exists, yet have not published the IP or the exact content.

  • Abdul Hakim-Shabazz


    You guys are welcome to come on as long as you have something to say. The Presidential race is over and unless someone is starting another party in Indiana, Ron Paul really doesn’t matter as much.

    As far the e-mail goes, if I published every hate e-mail I get, I would have nothing else to write about. Needless to say this person who went by “Sparky” said what they wanted, and I responded in this post.

    I’m now off to go take care of other things.

  • http://www.hoosiersforfairtaxation.com Melyssa

    Abdul, we dont’ want to look at ALL your hate mail. Just this particular one since you are tying it to OUR event, ok?
    What’s the big deal about offering up the email…unless of course it does not exist.
    If indeed the email exists, and it was written by someone I know, I want that person at arm’s length…you know? I need to know who it is. That is, IF the email exists.

  • Wayne Kirk

    Abdul, the Ron Paul party is not over. We have just begun the rEVOLution and the activism involved has recently caused the recanting of the MIAC report in Missouri. About a month ago, my uncle who once also told me that Ron Paul was crazy, actually said I was right and that he now supports him. The same goes for a minister friend at Ozark Christian College who also now claims he’s impressed and supportive of Ron Paul’s message.

    I’m starting to think that you are a bit disconnected Abdul, but that’s ok, we are not waiting for your approval or your recognition of this movement.

    By the way, I have yet to see you interview Ron Paul as we had discussed. Do you realize that every time Ron Paul is in the media, they experience their largest ratings boost. Actually, Ron Paul is the second most covered politician in the United States just behind President Obama. The results speak for itself.

  • http://dave.kellogg.wordpress.com Dave K

    Abdul, if you’re pissing people off on both sides, you can pretty much be assured that you are doing your job.