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Freedom of Speech

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“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”~Abraham Lincoln

You can close down a discussion (free speech) in many ways. 

You can protest and riot thereby shutting down not only the speaker or event, but in the process one achieves the added impact of destroyed property, terrorized innocent citizens and (they hope) national media coverage. The extreme left on many campuses has done this to great effect.

You can simply call the person a racist. It does not matter whether or not it is true. In fact, yell the accusation loud enough and you might be able to provoke option number one above 👆! It is a wonderful strategy since it eliminates the need to memorize facts and figures, slower members of the group do not need to “think on their feet” or step outside of talking points and since racism is such an emotional issue it is uniquely difficult to fight even with facts. This also has had a great success rate and is a major reason that the Republican Party has been branded a party of racists when history and honest research proves otherwise.

Those are two of the radical ways, almost always employed by the more extremist democrats because they do not have a successful argument or any good endings for their ideology. If you “shut someone up”, if you close down an event, if you prevent the dissemination of an idea you are restricting everyone’s freedom. We all have the right and the freedom to listen to, and walk away from, speech and ideas of every sort. 

No political party, No foreign national (think Soros paying protesters and rioters), No college academic or gang of students, Not even the government has the power to change our absolute rights under the Constitution! Free speech is number one in the Bill of Rights and its placement is an indication of the importance it held in the political discussions of the day. It was important in the discussions held in almost every state during the ratification process. We tend to take it for granted now, but this freedom can be nibbled away, gradually eroded without most citizens even paying attention.

Protected speech is not comfortable speech. Protected speech is usually different, objectionable to some, offensive to others, it may make you angry or it may make you stop and think. Protected speech is free speech not because it makes you uncomfortable but because the free expression of ideas is part of true Liberty. 

Each generation is challenged to maintain and preserve our Constitution and Liberty. The circumstances differ and the environment, both social and political, changes. The younger generation has not been grounded in a complete history of this nation and it constantly amazes me how jaded and anti-American they can be. There is much about our history they just are not taught. Depending on the school, what they are actually taught varies from a slanted version of events to skipping over all but the darker parts of our history and then concentrating on those. All nations have them, they should be acknowledged and taught, but only in context with the rest of American History!

Without a more thorough and balanced approach to US history we will be missing at least one generation of patriotic and knowledgeable Americans to watch the politicians and fight for free speech and our other guaranteed rights. 

So, will we have our rights and freedoms in twenty years? 

Think First – Type Later

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This past weekend one of my dear work friends stepped off of a bridge and fell onto a busy interstate highway, committing suicide. 

He was a positive person whose bright smile was absolutely infectious. In all the years I worked with him, I never saw or even heard about him doing one mean or inconsiderate thing to anyone! In a world of individuals who become even more individually special after death, he was the genuine honest real deal! He would help total strangers and think no one knew. He did not ask for repayment or obligation-he truly loved his fellow man.

This man was just past 40 and he had a wife, a son and twin girls. Yes, he was a family man and a Christian man. He was a force for good in this world and he was loved and respected by all who knew him. Any one of us would have stepped up without hesitation to help in whatever way was needed,feeling privileged to be able to do so. 

I could continue, but it would only illustrate a point that I have already clearly made and which actually needs nothing more. What has shocked me is the attitude and content of the comments which every online news agency attaches to each article or story.

The comments ranged from, “it is obvious that he must not have had a family that supported him” and “how selfish can a person be?” to “didn’t care much about his family, did he”. Almost a third of the comments were evidently worse than that because they had been removed, only a box was left in its place “deleted”.

In the middle of these horrible, small minded, thoughtless, mean and abusive posts one person kept trying to answer back. That person explained that the family was in pain, that they were as confused as everyone else, that posts like this were hurtful, etc.. That person was my friend’s cousin.

It honestly broke my heart.

I have thought about this and also about the current state of the media and their messaging. It didn’t just start this year or last year. It seems that our entire society has lost the art of diplomacy, manners and thoughtfulness. Our media says the most outrageous things and thinks nothing of putting out stories that are not true. It is even worse online where people will say the most foul, ugly, untrue and violent things. The one and only purpose could only be to hurt other human beings. 

We all need to stop and think before we type, and I am not excluding myself. I get just as passionate as anyone else about what I believe. However, what I believe should not be hurtful for someone else to read!

Double Standard?

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Looking at the current judicial approach to President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration, the courts are very outspoken about their ability to rely on his statements made during the campaign in order to determine the intent of the Orders. It may violate judicial precedent and certainly is contrary to the facts of the case, nevertheless, reason and logic has not been allowed to intrude on these Federal Court Decisions (9th and 4th Circuits) unconstitutionally removing a legal power from the executive branch.

Whether they take it now or wait until the conclusion of the Circuit Courts’ legal proceedings, eventually this issue will be facing the Supreme Court. During the campaign, at about the same period of time as President Trump’s campaign statements, one of our SCOTUS justices spoke out publicly against candidate Trump. Justice Ginsburg made some fairly extreme statements indicating that she did not like him at all. http://nypost.com/2016/07/11/ruth-bader-ginsburgs-unhinged-assault-on-trump/

Since judges are required to recuse themselves in circumstances like these, and although Supreme Court Justices are exempted, there is really no good reason why this should be so. If anything, recusal should be mandatory for justices also. The cases they decide are far too important and affect far too many lives to be decided with any justice who is too biased, opinionated or Politically motivated to objectively evaluate the facts, weigh the merits fairly or render a logical Constitutionally based decision. It is bad enough that Justice Ginsburg actually feels such animus, but it is beyond concerning when she cannot keep her mouth shut about it in front of the media.

So, (to quote my grandparents) what’s good for the goose is good for the gander. Or maybe we should change judicial thought and say, what is said in the campaign stays in the campaign!

Just a Word….

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One way that public opinion and attitude can be manipulated is by changing terminology and labeling. This is not new. I am seeing it being done so successfully with Social Security that even conservatives slip and call it an entitlement.

This is not about reform, SS problems or the need for something to be done. This is an irritation. The American People are forced to pay in to Social Security for all of their working life. (20, 30, 40 and even sometimes 50+ YEARS) That money is not there because Congress stole it. They have ever increasing salaries with unbelievable insurance and perks along with large staffs and etc. I am not sure how they find money for all the things they want to do and yet seem to have no funds to pay the American People back! 

Social Security is not now, and never has been, an entitlement. Calling it an entitlement will not make it one. Conditioning the public by including SS in that category might be really smart, except for one thing. When people look at the information from their paycheck, the stub does tell you exactly how much the government is taking away from you (for your own good, for retirement). 

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