This was the response in 1800 to the Barbary Pirates who held Americans for ransom whom they captured. Today, Steve Chapman is trying to hold hostage our freedom to hold candidates accountable for what they say in their political campaigns by filing a malicious lawsuit against me. Even though this lawsuit has no merit whatsoever, it will a require substantial financial commitment on my part.
I met with my attorney today in order to start drafting a response to the lawsuit Chapman filed. I was served on June 12th, my wedding anniversary, and have 21 days from that date to file. That will be done.
I will vigorously defend myself because if Chapman were to prevail the resulting damage to society would be irreparable. This new medium of the political blogosphere has such promise to provide the information the electorate needs in order to make better choices and select better candidates. It improves the ability for all citizens to participate in their government. It is the successor to the racous debates once held in town squares across this country. And it is the only medium which is dedicated to constant, continuing, in-depth analysis of local and regional political issues. Blogs hold candidates and elected officials accountable, and if that capability is harmed, the quality of our government will also be harmed.
I could crumble, give in and try to minimize the financial hit that my family will bear in this fight. I choose not to. I stepped up to defend this nation before as an infantry soldier, and now I am called on to step up and defend our liberties as a citizen. The stakes are too high to contemplate cowardice. I will be defiant in my stand against this modern day pirate.
Over the next few days I will be establishing a legal defense fund so you can help me defend these liberties which we all cherish. If you are willing to be a trustee for this fund, please contact me using the email address shown in my profile. BVBL T-shirts will soon be available for purchase, with the proceeds to benefit this fund. The fund will help defray my legal expenses, and those of BVBL if it should happen that he is identified and served in this case.
Steve Chapman, I call on you to end this ill-advised lawsuit which will only serve to drag your political profile through miles of mud and ensure you will never be considered for elected or appointed office in Virginia. If it really is your intent to have every misstep, bad decision, inaccurate statement and dumb mistake recounted to a jury and the press in detail, in order to exact a pound of flesh from me, you will only further trash your political future which has already been greviously harmed by your campaign spokesman in the press.
And as always, if I become aware of information that contradicts statements made on this website previously, I will be more than happy to correct the record and issue any appropriate retractions. All of the information I have received thus far confirms that what has been said on Black Velvet Bruce Lee has been the truth.
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