As most of our readers know, the political discourse in Bellevue has a history of getting nasty and personal. However, what many folks might NOT realize is the lengths in which people will go to get their way. In an attempt to allow for all voices to be heard and all positions to be recognized on an issue, Liberty in Bellevue has long maintained an open policy when it comes to comments on our posts and videos. Even when someone’s comments seem completely irrational and outlandish, we allow them to be heard/read on our website as a means of demonstrating what can be accomplished via complete transparency.
However, there comes a time when one must draw a line in the sand and make it clear that some language and fits of rage are simply unacceptable in the realm of community leadership. This morning the Liberty in Bellevue Core Group had to draw such a line. We received two comments from a “Michael Braunlich” which generated a long discussion concerning how to respond (whether this is the Michael Braunlich running for a council seat in Ward 1 or his and Jane Braunlich’s son has not been determined).
Should these comments be posted unedited? Should these comments be blocked from the website all together? Or should we use these comments as an example of the kind of dialogue and dysfunction that has plagued borough leadership for many, many years?
We chose the latter.
Below is the screen shot of two comments posted by “Michael Braunlich” (click on the image to be able to read it). They have been clearly edited for the sake of the decency of our website and to protect personal information. Attempts have been made to contact Mr. Braunlich, but we’ve received no response from him. We have shared these comments with the Bellevue Police Department to ensure any threats of physical harm against Liberty in Bellevue members are completely documented. We hope no further action will be needed in this regard.
Voting on Tuesday can help put an end to this kind of dysfunction in our borough. Vote for new, capable leadership to lead our borough towards a fresh start and new beginning.