Tales from the Mark Side: The Conservative Voice in Manatee County

‘The racist and xenophobic voice in Manatee County’

By Mark Young



Have you ever sat and watched your robot vacuum make 30 passes across the living room floor and still somehow miss the one visible clump of dust over and over again?

I have too much time on my hands apparently, but I recently watched that very thing happen. The vacuum kept rolling by that little clump of dust, but kept missing it by a half inch on either side.

Clearly, it doesn’t take a lot to entertain me. I was one of those babies that you could just put in the playpen and I’d entertain myself for hours and I haven’t changed much in more than a half century. Give me a decent toy, leave me alone and I’m a happy little camper.

In the end, the vacuum parked itself back on the charger and that little piece of dust just sat there.

As I was watching this scenario, I realized what was playing out in front of me is a pretty good analogy of how the liberal mind works. Their electrical wires are firing, but their signals just don’t quite get to the right place.

Listening to Nancy Pelosi is a lot like watching that vacuum miss that little dust pile. She jibbers, then jabbers, comes so close to making a point and then spews out more gibberish.

You just sit there and say, “Ooh, that was so close to sounding like a sentence, Nancy.”

I’ll give you another example of a liberal mind misfiring and this one’s a little closer to home.

My former boss at the Bradenton Herald took it upon himself to begin attacking me on Twitter recently. He tweeted out that I’m not the Conservative Voice of Manatee County, rather “The racist and xenophobic voice in Manatee County.”

I’m not going to mention his name because it serves no purpose, and I don’t take the low road when it comes to keyboard warriors.

Besides, even if I said his name, the overwhelming majority of you would ask, “Who?”

Ten years as an editor at the Bradenton Herald and I’m still asked by media contacts in the community, “Who is this guy?”

Well, if you’ve read the Bradenton Herald in the past 10 years and have seen the word “that” or “who” misspelled, that’s who he is.

Apparently he’s made several snarky remarks about me since I started this precious time with you, but none were worth taking up this time with you until he took the typical liberal stance with calling me a “racist” and “xenophobic.”

He departed the Bradenton Herald about a month or so before me, but the difference is that I’ve been loud and proud about being fired for refusing to apologize for calling out Biden’s Afghanistan treason on social media. As well as refusing to apologize to McClatchy executives for it and telling them I loved my country more than I loved my job.

On the other hand, I’ll just let him keep being rather incomplete in what he tells people about his departure. Oh, I have stories about our time together with McClatchy, but those are for another day and another project.

His racist and xenophobic comments directed toward me were tweeted about my piece on illegal immigration and Biden’s plans to pay off those illegal immigrants “traumatized” by President Trump’s policies.

Biden, by the way, didn’t have any knowledge of that policy when asked by a reporter. The White House later had to walk back Biden’s claims that the report issued by the Wall Street Journal was a “garbage report.” Biden, of course, has since walked back his own comments of not knowing.

Who is running the show in that nut house?

Anyway, of course I strongly oppose this ridiculous action being taken by Biden, and of course I completely oppose illegal immigration. I know a lot of liberals don’t know this, but “illegal” means it’s against the law. I do believe in legal immigration.

So his liberal rage toward me is not surprising nor are his typical, and quite frankly, boring liberal attacks. His bias was on full display for Trump’s entire administration. Like I said, I have stories. Documented stories, I might add.

But I’m not taking up your time to fire back at him personally. His comments just prove my point about how Manatee County has been saturated with liberal media for far too long.

And again, it’s not about the reporters at the Herald. It’s about McClatchy management.

Calling me a racist and xenophobic is just liberal nonsense, of course. But then again, this is someone who believes Rachel Maddow is a journalist, so that should tell you everything you need to know.

So if it helps him sleep better at night to attack me on a personal and political level then that’s fine. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but eventually those opinions expose you for what you are.

I take pride in my Conservative values of loving my country, having served my country and standing up for this Republic.

What do liberals take pride in? I think that’s a legitimate question worth exploring at some point, and we will.

If he wants the community to know what he really believes in while pretending to be a “newspaper man,” then I’m all for it. So keep tweeting and while you are at it, go tweet yourself.


By Mark Young

Mark Young is a U.S. Army veteran and a seasoned journalist of 25 years. His writing and reporting has garnered dozens of state press association and press club awards in Florida, Nebraska and Wyoming for investigative reporting, opinion writing, in-depth reporting and more.

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