I have refrained from blogging over the last number of months because all I seem to be inspired to write about revolves around politics, the state of the country or the current administration’s policies. Depressing topics. However, I realized that I was no longer absent from the blogosphere because of depressing inspiration, I was absent because I no longer felt free to speak my mind.
A pretty shocking realization for someone who is “overly opinionated” and not reticent about sharing of same. That realization was also depressing. Yes, “depressing” has been a recurring theme. And, right behind it has been “angering.” What is happening to my country?
Doing what I tend to do, I have spent the last two weeks surfing the ‘net as my time (and mental state) allowed in an attempt to get as thorough a read on prevailing sentiments and opinions. Let’s just say that was DEPRESSING. It seems I’m not the only one angry. We may have a 12 trillion dollar national debt (and ballooning from there) and a private sector being most recalcitrant about expanding payrolls (can’t say I blame them one little itty bitty smidgen for that) but we have no lack of anger.
Anger from the political Right, Left, Far Right, Far Left, Libertarians. Even the Anarchists have issued a “call to action” to counter-protest the Tea Bag protesters on April 15th. People are getting angry over other people’s anger.
Everybody seems to be ANGRY.
But, this is my absolute favorite (among a goodly number of tough choices) Via: NewsBusters.org
In fact, I love the pointed hypocrisy so much, I may even (temporarily) replace my egret at sunset photo with this video.
My appreciation for irony was fed further by yet another excellent offering from NewsBusters.org, please follow link to read and watch the two videos. Matthews Calls Limbaugh ‘Walrus Underwater’: Was This a Vulgar Reference? You might be as equally amazed as I found myself to be.
There is an overt war [of words and emotions] being waged against American’s right of free speech. How did we come to this?
Ed Schultz got it right: There is a “culture war” being waged. Those who support the current administration’s agenda and tactics are determined to shut down any and all dissent.
Voltaire once wrote in a letter [translation]: ”To hold a pen is to be at war. This world is one vast temple consecrated to discord.” Of course today it’s not a pen, it’s any outlet and venue. And this, also from Voltaire, “Monsieur l’abbé, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write.” Perhaps it would help on the civility front to remember these two quotes, even if they are from an “Old Dead White Guy.”
Additionally, even if one is a “right-wing nut job” [or choose your own personal favorite derogatory term] freedom of speech is still Constitutionally guaranteed. Heck, we guarantee the right of free speech, assembly, and protest for such as American flag burners, white supremacists, the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to protest at a soldier’s funeral, anarchists, and any other group [or person]. No matter how fringe… the Constitution protects speech, even if we tend to forget it during this era of political correctness and “Hate Speech.”
As with Voltaire a couple of centuries ago, in a country across the ocean, we can detest what is said, but we should never, ever, attempt to prevent or take away someone’s ability to say or demonstrate whatever it is they feel driven to say or protest. If we do, it is not too much of a stretch to imagine our ability will be next to be abridged.
“THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
THEN THEY CAME for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant.
THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up.”
Yet anotherl video…
I ask again: What is happening to my country?
The 21st Century’s version of McCarthyism: Disagree with the current administration, its platform, or the direction of this country and you are called a racist, a misogynist, a homophobe, a right-wing nut job, ignorant and/or a hate filled malcontent bent on the violent overthrow of the first black president the US has had. I am none of those, yet I believe the health care reform act (as passed) is so blatantly unconstitutional that its passage is nothing less than an assault on my country, all she stands for and all the benefits that naturally accrue from such. For those that don’t know: A Constitutional Republic.
A combination of feeling like a hypocrite for not speaking out against what I view as egregious hypocrisy, thuggery, and wanton disregard of the Constitution [Federal usurpation of individual rights and freedoms: quoting Obama 02Apr2010, “…we have been, up until last week, the only advanced country that allows 50 million of its citizens to not have any health insurance.” As in: We are no longer ALLOWED. Under new federal legislation, it will soon be illegal to not have insurance, as well as the attempted assaults on the Bill of Rights – Freedom of Speech, Right to protest, Freedom of Assembly, are bringing me back to my blogging. I hazard the guess that I’ll have plenty to write about in the months and years ahead.