Know Your Audience
It has always struck me as odd that members of the Vantrease and May group would post comments on this blog. Other than perhaps inciting a reaction, what is the purpose. They’re playing to the wrong audience. Just as it would not be wise to go to the Apollo and make racist jokes, it holds true in this case as well.
Some might remember the failed attempt by Austin’s sister to start a public blog and FaceBook page (again, this is just really bad foresight). For me, I viewed this very small group for what it was… family and a few remaining friends. They picked their side. Contrary to every fact that screamed otherwise, their mind was made-up.
On the other hand, the rest of the country and a jury lined-up differently. I will say this, though, the line in the sand was not of this group’s doing. We are not looking for a fight. Fights have consequences (for some who might not get it, this is called “hindsight”). For me, at least, I just want them to go away. Austin, on the other hand, has some obligations he needs to tend to first. Then I’d like to hear no more of him.
Ryan Supporter vs. Vantrease Hater
I thought a bit about a comment that was made that some of Ryan’s supporters soiled a car. This just doesn’t seem to ring true. On this day (sentencing) all of Ryan’s supporters who could attend were in the courtroom. Our family does not surround themselves with people of this low character. If it were done (and I still highly question this) I feel comfortable saying it was not from anyone associated with us. If nothing else, we play by the rules and rely on civility and the justice system to deem what is appropriate.
Now, here is where I make a distinction between Ryan supporters and Vantrease Haters. I have absolutely no doubt that Austin Vantrease is disliked by many people. He is evil personified to more than a few people. Clearly, Ryan is loved by thousands upon thousands (we are so thankful!). To my point, one can despise Vantrease (and/or what he has done) and not have any direct nor indirect association with Ryan. Yep, they can be mutually exclusive.For example, I hate the Una-bomber, Ted Bundy, the Boston Strangler, and Vlad the Impaler, but know absolutely nothing of their victims.
I’d be willing to bet a paycheck… wait, I no longer earn one. Allow me me rephrase. I’d bet my life… hmmm, not really worth much now outside the walls of my home. I’ll try again. I’d bet many college students, especially at WVU where one of their own was attacked, abhor Vantrease. The city of Morgantown will not be rolling out the welcome mat anytime soon. Newark, DE won’t be giving him the key to the city. The simple fact is most people really don’t like him at all. It makes no matter if they support Ryan or not.
Did that make sense to anyone other than me?
One final comment before I post this. I was told I am angry and vindictive. My response to this is “Ah, yep, among other things, that I am.”
But, really, who can blame me?