Category: Rant


Speak Up or Shut Up

This article from Simon Jenkins (“Free speech can’t exist unchained. US politics needs the tonic of order“) was gnawing at the edges of my psyche most of the day on Sunday.  The article isn’t profound or eloquent.  In a word, it’s “crap”.  But it’s not the ‘quality’ that was gnawing at me, it was that it was so apparently “crap”.  Allow me to destroy it with a simple equation:

Chained speech <> Free speech

That’s it.  That’s all it takes.  Thanks, Simon, for putting the bleeding obvious counter argument to your article in the title.  And, in the event that it was The Guardian that decided on the title, then I give my thanks to you too, Guardian.

Now, let’s get down to what the Guardian article is really about.  Thanks to Andrew Klavan’s latest “Klavan On The Culture”, he’s explained it concisely in the following video so that I don’t have to:

Thanks, Andrew. To everyone else, here’s the take-away: Speak up or shut up. Actually, make that: Speak up or you WILL BE shut up.

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The MO Colossus

Not like the brazen machine of Chicago fame,
With conquering laws astride from boundary to boundary;
Here at our river-crossed, westerward gate shall stand
A mighty state with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
MO of Ex-IL-es. From her beacon-hand
Glows nation-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The river-bridged land that two cities frame.
“Keep, Progressive lands, your gangster pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your energetic, your wealthy,
Your middle classes yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your oppressive Lakeshore.
Send these, the employers, taxation-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the gateway door!”

(inspired by this article and the original poem “The New Colossus”)

A few month after the last presidential election of 2008, I noticed the hard-left change in direction that the administration took. I was expecting that happen so I wasn’t surprised. I even voted for Obama in the primaries because I figured Hillary Clinton would have gone just as hard-left…but she had a lot of experience and Obama was a rookie. So I chose the lesser of two weasels and voted for the one that would be most likely to sabotage themselves and, hopefully, wake up the electorate.

And then there was McCain. McCain was Progressive-lite and, unfortunately, a forgone conclusion as far as becoming the Republican presidential candidate. He was weak and the best thing he did was choose Palin for VP. So when the general election rolled around, I held my nose and pulled the lever for McCain. But I knew who was going to win…the presidency was the Democrat Party’s to lose since we were coming off of a second-term Republican president. (Yes, I’m a numbers man and I look at the odds.)

Anyway, an amazing thing happened: the Tea Party Movement emerged. I was mostly curious about them at first but the bottom-line is that they inspired me to get more involved. But they were only one part of a two part catalyst. That other part had actually started around the same time: REAL American history. I ran across that at my church where David Barton‘s “America’s Godly Heritage” was being shown. I learned more in one hour than I had learned in public school and college COMBINED. (Note: I’m no schlub when it comes to over-all education or raw intellect.)

Now I was putting it all together and all I needed was a plan for myself regarding how I could make a difference. Ultimately, I settled on a three part plan: 1) educate myself about the U.S. Constitution and American history, 2) educate others about the U.S. Constitution and American history, and 3) get involved. The real secret to changing the course of this country is in #1 and especially in #2. #3 is what everyone needs to do if #1 and #2 are to have an impact.

Today, like I’ve been doing most weekends for a few months now, I knocked on doors and hung out literature on behalf of my local candidate of choice, Kurt Bahr. I’m not keeping score but it’s easily over 1000 homes that I’ve stopped it. And it actually makes a difference and it’s lead me to other ways that I can make things happen in the future.

So what difference are you making? Feel free to comment.