Anyone who spent a week on FR knows that it is populated with intelligent, well educated people. We aren't leftists because we are capable of thinking for ourselves. We even have a Professor from a University in Ohio. Professor Larry Schweikert is FReeper LS. Check out his FReep page. He occasionally offers free, autographed copies of his books to FReepers.
I'm going to be charitable and assume that Ben Ficklin suffers from long-term, untreated syphilis which has caused permanent brain damage. He should never have started hooking up guys in bus station bathrooms.
He should not be hated, but pitied. His crime is also his punishment; he IS Ben Ficklin.
And you're right. Ben needs our compassion. *ahem*