I'm not going to sit here and brainlessly point out Jose Ramon's flaws—we all know he has them—but I am going to say a little about how Jose's editorials are an inerudite carnival of opportunism. One of the first facts we should face is that I want my life to count. I want to be part of something significant and lasting. I want to tell Jose where he can stick it. Am I being too idealistic—a Pollyanna—when I suggest that all we need to do is lay out some ideas and interpretations that hold the potential for insight? I don't think so. Admittedly, violence is a crutch for the depravity of which directionless urban guerrillas are capable, but he maintains a "Big Brother" dossier of information about everyone he distrusts, to use as a potential weapon. Is your name listed in that dossier? I don't pretend to know the answer but I do know that he insists that his objectives are all sweetness and light. Sorry, Jose, but, with apologies to Gershwin, "it ain't necessarily so."
You should be sure to let me know your ideas about how to deal with Jose. I myself am eager to listen to your ideas and I hope that I can grasp their essentials, evaluate their potential, look for flaws, provide suggestions, absorb feedback, suggest improvements, and then put the ideas into effect. Only then can we rouse people's indignation at Jose. He is not interested in a true and honest improvement of social conditions but rather in a way to uproot our very heritage and pave the way for his own cynical value system. Please re-read and memorize that sentence if you still believe that hectoring, tasteless gasbags of one sort or another are easily housebroken. The basal lie that underlies all of Jose's disorderly orations is that he is cunctipotent. Translation: Ebola, AIDS, mad-cow disease, and the hantavirus were intentionally bioengineered by inimical, dissolute fugitives for the purpose of population reduction. I doubt you need any help from me to identify the supreme idiocy of those views but you should nevertheless be aware that this makes me fearful that I might someday find myself in the crosshairs of Jose's predaceous cop-outs. (To be honest, though, it wouldn't be the first time.)
I, for one, will not stand by and let anyone twist my words or change my position in order to serve some passive-aggressive political strategy. I could write pages on the subject, but the following should suffice. Jose's dissertations are not an abstract problem. They have very concrete, immediate, and unpleasant consequences. For instance, I have begged Jose's compeers to step forth and win the culture war and save this country. To date, not a single soul has agreed to help in this fashion. Are they worried about how Jose might retaliate? You know the answer, don't you? You probably also know that we must unmistakably catalogue Jose's swindles and perversions. Does that sound extremist? Is it too illiterate for you? I'm sorry if it seems that way but that's life. On a closing note, I hope that this letter, while incomplete, informal, and having no authority except its own inner strength and conviction, has clearly demonstrated to you that given the public appetite for more accountability, Jose Ramon has no evidence or examples to back up his point.