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Fie on Godwin!

By Joe Long| June 15, 2017

Progressives, it’s time for a tough talk.
(Been delayed a long time now, you guys.)
We’re afraid you’ve become, what you call us –
Yes, it’s hard to conclude otherwise.

“All those who oppose us are Nazis!”,
Chant your self-righteous thugs, in the street.
Look down towards your toes, for a moment:
The jackboots are on your own feet.

In pursuit of your ultimate vision,
You’ve dismissed ethics (quaint and old-fashioned)
And replaced civil discourse and public debate
With rhetoric wild and impassioned.

You see only a race, not a person,
And you penalize people thereby.
Trayvon Martin, he was your Horst Wessell –
And when facts don’t support you, you lie.  

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When Words Kill

By Ron Maxwell| June 16, 2017

As every young American is taught (or used to be taught) the Constitution’s First Amendment protects free speech. “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press…”

We can say whatever we want. And that’s as it should be. Societies constraining the freedom of speech have invariably slid by degrees from centralized authoritarian control to totalitarian despotism.  Dissent is silenced. Liberty dies.

But do First Amendment liberties imply a corresponding civic duty, a responsibility to voluntarily restrain ourselves; to understand that words have consequences?

In January, 1945 Paris had been liberated for five months, but German armies still contested pockets in Alsace-Lorraine and the Atlantic coast. Even though the Vichy government had been routed and de Gaulle’s provisional government had assumed power, Paris was a haunted, anxious place. Apprehension and revenge were still in the air   :snip: 


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