The shit I’ve had to deal with the last couple days has reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite movies, Citizen Kane. In the scene, New York political machine boss Jim Gettys is trying to force the title character, Charles Foster Kane, out of his run for governor by threatening to leak evidence of his extramarital affair to the press. His line has always stuck with me…

If it was anybody else, I’d say what’s going to happen to you would be a lesson to you. Only you’re going to need more than one lesson. And you’re going to get more than one lesson.

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You would think, after all these years, I would have learned to not speak to the media. But, like the quote says, sometimes I need more than one lesson. I guess that’s why it’s always stuck with me, because I’ve had to live it on numerous occasions. Still, life marches on. I’ve been trashed by these press scumbags more times than I can count. I’m quite certain that will continue…and so will I.

I’m also reminded of another quote, from the illustrious Sam Hyde.

Do not forget that these people want you broke, dead, your kids raped and brainwashed, and they think it’s funny.

Honestly, it’s a line I wish I would have kept in mind, oh, about six months ago. The media want nothing short of complete destruction for people that deviate from their agenda. They want to see you absolutely destroyed and they will use anything in their bag of dirty tricks to make it happen. It’s something I’ve known for a long time, but it’s easy to trick yourself into forgetting that salient fact. These people cannot be trusted.

The only thing you should offer them is exactly what they offer you.