Saturday, February 09, 2008

If I Don't Agree, Is It Hate Speech?

Three things just happened for me in a kind of Confluence of Truth.

First, my favorite young writer, Jonah Goldberg, Editor-at-Large for NRO and son of Lucianne, found his new bopk, Liberal Fascism number three on the NYTimes best seller list. And I began a quest for a recorded ccopy or someone to read it to me.

Second, I read where the French fascist, LePen had been convicted of “Hate Speech”, and given a three month prison sentence (suspended) and a 14,000-Euro fine. His “crime” was to write and say in a speech that Nazi occupation of France “was not all THAT bad...”

Third, words of a member of Code Pink,instigators of the Berkeley (CA) City Council’s attempted Bum’s Rush of Marine recruiters from the center of that city. What she said was:

“It is my understanding that my right to free speech means I can say anything I believe without recrimination....”

In other words, she can CRIMINATE. But you and I, and the free press, or other protesters cannot RECRIMINATE, meaning DISAGREE with her.

If we do, in some places (say, like La Belle France or Boston ?) we are guilty of HATE SPEECH.

Of course, all this reminded me of a great column of Jonah’s in which he branded Jacques Chirac’s France “La Fromagerie des problemes du Monde!” Cheese Factory for All the World’s Problems...)

The roots of Fascism are in the refusal of an enraged and bombastic minority to suffer others the right to have any contradictory opinion or the right to advance any contrary evidence. Mussolini began as a “liberal” pamphleteer in Calabria. He morphed to smother opposition, Hitler’s original stance was as left-socialist anticommunist antisemite. NAZI is an abbreviation of National SOCIALIST German Workers’ Party.

I believe everyone has the right to CRIMINATE and you and I have the right--- Providential as well as Constitutional—to RECRIMINATE. That is, to disagree.

It is very sad that the courts of France have begun to erode this right, bought at the price of so much blood in rvolution and re-revolution so dear to the heart of Thomas Jefferson. Will our courts follow suit? Is FASHION so powerful in the 21st century as to trump logic?

It is equally sad, and much more ominous for free Americans, that many pea-brained politicians in this country scurry about in indulgent subversion attempting to isolate a definition for “hate speech”.

This is equal to taking the blindfold off the eyes of Justice, sowing the seeds of lawless autocracy, parent of totalitarian fascist mind-control.


Sunday, February 03, 2008

Cloud Hovering..Larger Than A World's Future

Prowling the Net after the exciting dethronement of the Bahstin Pahtriahts by the Monsters of New Joisey and Manhattan, I was given a bitter nightcap to take beddybye.

An extensive survey of thousands across Great Britain found that one fourth of the citizens believed Sir Winston Churchill never existed.

Yes..But WAIT !...Even MORE Brits were absolutely convinced that Sherlock Holmes was real, live flesh and blood----and NOT a figment of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fecund imagination and subsequent literary creation.

Now, I have become inured to the fact that many believe the Holocaust slaughter of millions of Jews by Hitler and the Nazis is a “myth”. But that is a political, anti-Semite stance...mostly held by jew-hating Muslin militant extremists.

We have been all dumbed down by the omnipresent Britney Spears stories, and who has not argued with a friend violently in regard to the severity of Lindsey Lohan’s blood alcohol content.

(What IS a Lindsey Lohan, anyway ?)

I am even accustomed to unsmiling former U.S. Senators and club owners issuing judgments on the guilt of dopers in baseball. And then being unable to support their wild assumptions.

We live in a veritable daily thunderstorm of apologies from people whom we never heard of to all manner of other less known people.

It is not unusual to see the great columnists and Bloggers of our day use subjects and predicates that do not agree. The number of misused “awokes” and “awakens” is historically uncountable...matched only by the “lains” and “laids” lying around. The proper use of “laying” is lost to everyone not a farmer or an egg merchant.

Poor grammar is rampant, especially among the more busty and leggy of our TV anchors. But NOT limited to them.

Anyone who graduated from a Giver Mint (Public) school since 1970 is hopelessly ill instructed, and carries no valid information around about History, Geography or what we used to call “Civics”.

I KNEW all that. I have heard high school students argue about Alexander Hamilton’s role in the Civil War. And, a wonderful fellow about 25 years younger than me who worked in a highly paid position in a hospital where I was a consultant, once said about George Washington:

“He was a helluva crook, huh ?!!” He was schooled (not Parochially) in Boston.

So, I am well inoculated against cretins, ignorant or nescient.

But if a quarter of the Brits don’t believe Churchill lived, and DO believe Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson lived and scampered over the moors and the Baskervilles...then what do Americans believe? And NOT believe?

My fancy goes wild. I wager Americans believe that gunpowder won the west. But Booze did. Or that the men in th continental congress were ALL revolutionary patriots...When, actually, General Washington had to send Gen. Nathaniel Greene to root out the thieves.

But I don’t think Texans and Tennesseans disbelieve that Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and Will Travis died in the massacre at the Alamo.

But can ANYONE swallow the TRUTH that 17 Texas boys from Gonzalez, Texas fought their way INTO the Alamo to defend it and die ?

Naw ! That’s too much like Sir Winston Churchill.