Photo of a statue of the Three Wise Monkeys, a visual from Japanese culture and the philosophy of Confucius. The represent the acts, "See no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil." / Flickr

I must be doing something right if the opinion page of Street Sense has become the most popular feature of the newspaper. Recently, there’s been a wave of angry letters to the editor demanding I be removed from the page. I have created a stir by using inflammatory language such as “liberal,” “hater” and “snowflake.” 

Another vendor wrote that I play for a team that doesn’t want me. However, since I’ve been writing for Street Sense Media, I’ve been invited to the White House twice. I have been retweeted by Mark Cuban. I have spoken on the Senate floor, been published in Washingtonian and published a book collecting my columns. I play for a team that helped me get two jobs and a roof over my head, so I’d rather be on that team than a team that would evidently leave me broke and destitute.  

Sometimes I think about selling out and joining the resistance. I’m sure if I said something positive about Regressives I would be nominated for a Pulitzer. However, I believe I’m doing the lord’s work, so I would like to thank the trolls and haters for making my opinions more widely read and popular. If you’re getting bent out of shape by a comment in the opinion section of a homeless newspaper, maybe you need to get a life.  

The First Amendment says: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” 

This means you have a right to be offensive as well as to question authority. I have the right to promote Trump’s policies and Street Sense has the right to offend people by publishing me! There’s nothing in the First Amendment that says I have to be a cheerleader for the Regressive movement. What isn’t protected under the First Amendment is speech that is threatening or dangerous towards anyone.  

There are too many people in Washington suffering from McNeil Derangement Syndrome. Their hatred for Trump and his deplorables has made them a bunch of hate-filled intolerant Regressives.