Conroe, March 9 – In recent months, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s “chief of staff” jim fredricks, who posed under the pseudonym “Yizguy” regularly referred to Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack as “little Jimmy” apparently in reference to his height and The Golden Hammer‘s Publisher as “E.T.” apparently in reference to his appearance. Former Animal Shelter Director Todd Hayden engaged in quite a bit of name-calling against his political critics. Meanwhile, the Courier blog doesn’t just use fake names, but, instead, they write entirely fictional articles. County Attorney J.D. Lambright, also known as Jerry Don “Ice Man” Lambright, gave himself a fake name, Agador Spartacus, and ghost-wrote an entire fictitious article on January 8 about Eric Yollick in the Courier blog under the fake name “Catherine Dominguez.”
President Donald Trump referred to his political opponents during the 2016 President Election as “Crooked Hillary,” “Lyin’ Ted,” and “Little Marco,” among others. Hillary Clinton referred to all of the political supporters of Mr. Trump as “a basket of deplorables.”
Neither Todd “Boss” Hayden, that “fat, ugly, bald, Jabba-the-Hut-looking, limping jerk of a lawyer” with whom he was at odds, President Trump, nor Agador Spartacus invented name-calling in politics. You see, sometimes people use those names as a short-hand for a real problem with the person’s behavior.
The two great name-callers in American history were a pair of miscreants by the name of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson, who despised each other so much that they started fake newspapers under pseudonyms just so that they could call each other names. One of the newspapers that Hamilton started is the thirteenth oldest newspaper in the United States and still exists under the name “The New York Post.”
Jefferson called Hamilton “a slavish pawn of the British crown,” “a closet monarchist,” “Machiavellian intriguer,” and “would be Caesar.”
Jefferson called John Adams “a hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman.”
Adams called Jefferson “a mean-spirited, low-lived fellow, the son of a half-breed Indian squaw, sired by a Virginia mulatto father,” “atheist,” “libertine,” and “coward.”
Martha Washington called Jefferson “one of the most detestable of mankind.”
In the early 2000s time frame, from around 2001 to 2003, two people wrote scathing articles about the Montgomery County Hospital District under the pseudonyms “Thomas Paine” and “A. Lincoln.” The Courier blog published their letters to the editor regularly. Both Paine and Lincoln engaged in extensive name-calling but they also uncovered major facts about the inner workings of the Hospital District during that time period. Paine was none other than the late Jim Strong, who worked for County Judge Alan B. Sadler, and who was one of the most brilliant and creative people who ever worked in the Montgomery County government. No one has uncovered the identity of Lincoln.
It may surprise you to learn that Jefferson, Hamilton, John Adams, and Martha Washington all did some pretty good things for their nation. The jury is still out whether Lambright, fredricks, or “Dominguez” are doing good for Montgomery County.