Friday, April 28, 2017

Machine Against the Rage

Even the Sheriff Has a New Sheriff

"Freedom is not a gift from government; freedom is a gift from God."--President Donald Trump, NRA Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, Apr. 28, 2017

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."--English writer Evelyn Beatrice Hall, in her biography of Lefty blogger François-Marie Arouet, blog nic; "Voltaire", who did say this: 

"Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too."

"There is Freedom of Speech, but I cannot guarantee freedom after speech."-- Noted Antifa cannibal His Excellency, President-for-Life, Field Marshall, Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth, Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular. Also Berkeley.

Oregon Muse: "I'll bet most of them thought they'd get some not-too-large fine, or parole, or community service. Yeah, well, maybe not:
A grand jury in the Superior Court of D.C. returned a superseding indictment in the Inauguration Day felony rioting case Thursday, the U.S. Attorney's Office of D.C. reports...Approximately 212 people face felony charges...Additional charges have been added to some of the defendants cases, including destruction of property involving damage to a limousine.
One Hundred and One Damnations: That's how many "Assault on a Police Officer"-charges were racked up
by "We the People"--you know, The Way the Founders Intended(tm).

Meanwhile, Oregon itself muses. Liberty News:

"Set to march in the parade’s 67th spot this year was the Multnomah County Republican Party, a fact that so outraged two self-described antifascist groups in the deep blue Oregon city that they pledged to protest and disrupt the April 29 event.
Then came an anonymous and ominous email, according to parade organizers, that instructed them to cancel the GOP group’s registration — or else.
“You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,” the anonymous email said, referring to the violent riots that hit Portland after the 2016 presidential election, reported the Oregonian. “This is nonnegotiable.”
The email said that 200 people would “rush into the parade” and “drag and push” those marching with the Republican Party.
The 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association, the group who puts on the parade, let antifa win the day. The parade has been cancelled.".......

Jonah Goldberg: "Demosthenes, the Athenian rhetorician and champion of liberty, pointed out around 355 B.C. that residents of Athens were free to praise Sparta's regime, but Spartans were banned from praising Athens.

In 1689, the British passed a law guaranteeing freedom of speech in Parliament. A century later, French revolutionaries incorporated into law the Declaration of the Rights of Man, which established free speech as a universal right. Two years later, the Americans ratified the First Amendment, which guarantees that the state shall not infringe on the right to free speech. Roughly a century and half later, in 1948, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which says, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression...."

I mention all of this because every time I read or hear about the pathetic state of affairs at the University of California, Berkeley -- where conservative speakers and rabble-rousers alike are banned from speaking lest they be assaulted by a mob -- journalists and other commentators insist on pointing out the irony that this is all happening "where the Free Speech Movement was born."

Yes, I know there was a thing called the Free Speech Movement. And, yes, its members and leaders talked a good deal about free speech.

But the movement for free speech is thousands of years old and runs like a deep river across the landscape of Western Civilization.".......
Free Speech is not some Democrat Party favor you get to hand out to Members Only. It is absolutely essential to our polity. And politics is what we do instead of brute force, the Law of the Jungle.

Antifa Goons had better think long and hard about it.

Like the Crybully said: It's non-negotiable.

Burkas workin' for ya, girls?

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