First: What the heck is Distibutism?
I didn’t know either! You can do what I did and look it up on wikipedia. Or you can just take my word that it is a Catholic-based economic and social theory favored by right-wingers around the world. James O’Keefe of fake-seduce a CNN reporter fame is apparently a distributist. It also holds some sway in the British National Party. Hooray!
Who is “The Distributist?”
To put it succinctly, The Distributist is one of the most hateful persons posting on As Maine Goes. I mean it. He really goes overboard. Not just overboard like, oh, I got too close to the edge and fell in overboard, but more like let me tie myself to this rock, jump off the plank, and sink to the bottom of the Mariana trench overboard.
The guy hates Muslims. Despite his clinging to a particular, tiny philosophical branch of Catholicism (Distributism), he fails to see any differences among the one-billion plus Muslims and declares each and every one of them a danger to America. In fact, he expresses hate at pretty much everyone not of his social conservative religious styling. Check it out:
In a thread entitled, “Understanding Islam:”
Apparently Islam is the religion of peace… But that peace is only achieved when the heads are removed from the bodies of all non-muslims.
Commenting on a 13-year old Muslim child in Portland that mixed chemicals to create a “bomb:”
Aw, isn’t that cute, a little muslim boy preparing to be a muslim man… they blow up so fast!
A thought on people who aren’t religious:
When you say “religious people” and “non-religious people” you really mean human beings and human non-beings.
He can even attack both homosexuals and Muslims in one thought:
The intellectual dishonesty exhibited by homosexual activists and their appeasers is of titanic proportions. The social pressures applied at-large to acquiesce to their demands of acceptance and full endorsement have been frighteningly successful.
Existing information could lead one to conclude that homosexual behavior is to genetics what islam is to religion.
When The Distributist isn’t busy attacking Muslims, he spends his time attacking homosexuals. He thinks they are mentally ill and a danger to children.
Here he attacks another poster who disagrees:
While you continually display your considerable expertise on ignorance, it does not require rocket surgery to realize that same-sex attraction is a mental illness, despite how the modern, politically correct, psychiatric dictionaries try to window dress it.
The same thought stated more concisely:
Gays are not “gay” at all, just angry. And mentally unstable
He says supporters of “gender disorientation pathology” show an…
“…inability to step back from your dogmatic blessing of gay rights for even a moment and see it as the unique crusade based on procuring universal social endorsement of the personal, selfish, sexually promiscuous lifestyles that it is[.]
He even writes poetry about the Maine Department of Health and Human Services:
laden with lesbians
who have as their mission
the dismantling of the traditional family.
And then he kindly defines “normal” for the rest of us:
No argument need be advanced in support of normal behavior; it is self-evident. It just is [...] In this case, as their behavior runs counter to the laws of nature, man and God, there is little hope that they will ever achieve the status to which they aspire. Recognizing this fact, they have elected to kick and scream as an army of spoiled, angst-ridden teen-age girls determined to get their way rather than examine their own behavior and it’s deleterious affect on children and other living things.
Who is the Distributist, really?
It is my belief that the Distributist is Michael Pajak. Here are the facts supporting the Pajak = Distributist theory:
- An alert reader pointed out that, once, a long time ago, The Distributist (“TD” for short) attempted to post an image onto As Maine Goes but, instead of the actual image, the site displayed the path of the file on TD’s computer. The path included a folder “mpajak.”
- The miracle known as Google shows that someone calling themselves “The Distributist” and hailing from “mid-coast Maine” posted on this blog. The link next to the name leads to “Trendology Research,” a company of which Michael Pajak is President.
- TD’s postings on As Maine Goes show that he hangs around the Bath area. For instance, he went to Paul LePage’s Bath rally and is familiar with I-295 near Brunswick. Michael Pajak lives in Woolwich.
- Furthermore, Michael Pajak’s politics would seem a pretty nice fit with TD’s viewpoints. He was certainly on the short list- the biggest reason to think TD and Michael Pajak were not one and the same is because Michael Pajak has a public username, “mpajak.” You can see both “mpajak” and “The Distributist” posting on the same page of this thread, which mentions the firing of Michael Pajak from a legislative aide position in 2006.
It is not infrequent that the “out” Michael Pajak comments in the same thread as TD. In fact, sometimes TD even comments on threads started by “mpajak.” Given the evidence above, however, I think it is pretty likely that Michael Pajak equals The Distributist. Obviously, one can imagine situations where they are different people yet account for the information above, but you’ve got to really have the mind of a mystery novelist to do it. (UPDATE: Later events in 2011 have erased what little doubt there was about The Distributist’s identity.)
Okay, so who is Michael Pajak?
Michael Pajak’s history, as alluded to above, includes a stint as a legislative aide to the Maine GOP. In 2006, following the loss of social conservative, philosophical bedmate Chandler Woodcock to Governor John Baldacci, Pajak was purged from the legislative staff along with fellow As Maine Goes user and social conservative Bob Emrich.
In 2008, Pajak managed the campaign of Republican Dean Scontras. This is the same Dean Scontras, of course, now running again against Chellie Pingree in 2010 (but with a different campaign manager, thank God!).
According to his linkedin page, in 2009 Pajak did a brief stint as Development Director at Chop Point School in Woolwich. Seven months apparently being the maximum length of time Pajak could tolerate Chop Point or Chop Point could tolerate Pajak, he left the job at the end of 2009 and became the manager of Bill Beardsley’s campaign for Governor.
Bill Beardsley was the other social conservative in the Republican primary. Think Paul LePage but more polite and without as much focus on the economic impact of Maine’s buffalo regulations. He lost, of course.
Why post under two usernames?
I can only speculate. It surely requires some planning to maintain two personalities on As Maine Goes even to the point of replying under one username in a thread started by your other username. I think it is a ploy to protect his “professional” identity from the other identity he uses to write slurs against Muslims, homosexuals, and other groups he wishes to attack. I presume Scott Fish, Editor at As Maine Goes and the man who personally approves all usernames, is aware of this dual-identity. I also find it unlikely that other fellow As Maine Goes travelers in the mid-coast area, like Melvin Udall, were unaware of The Distributist’s actual identity. I mean, really, how many conservative followers of distributism can their be in mid-coast Maine? Someone else in that group had to know.
But why do it? The obvious reason seems to be that Michael Pajak is aware that his speech regarding Muslims and homosexuals is so far out there, so insulting, and so unfit for public consumption that he knows he has to create another identity to tell us what he really thinks.
That being said, it is almost worse that Scott Fish, who purports to tightly control As Maine Goes for the purpose of maintaining manners and intellectual discussion, allows a Republican operative to maintain a separate identity in order to facilitate the slandering of minorities again and again.
So there’s a guy on As Maine Goes who hates fags and towelheads. What else is new? Well, I think Michael Pajak is different.
This guy is regularly employed among Maine Republican circles. He is a known entity, and they still hire the guy. The Maine Republican party, in public, would never endorse any of those statements listed above. But in private the Republican establishment is all too happy to have him run a campaign. Not only that, but As Maine Goes will even give him two usernames- one to say things meant for public consumption, the other to say what he really thinks but knows should be kept quiet in polite company.
The only good thing about the guy is that he is currently managing the campaign of independent Kevin Scott who, according to the most recent poll, is getting 1.6% of the vote. So at least he’s moving down, not up, in the political hierarchy. May it continue.