Liberty Is Under Fire

 

Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and

murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that didn’t

commit suicide – John Adams, 1814

 

Anthony Breznican’s column “Hart’s Messina wrong man for leadership role” in the Weekender edition of The Signal (Link) published September 23rd was a reminder to me of how dangerous leftism is to the liberties we take for granted in this country.

Breznican’s focus is on Hart school board member Joe Messina, and views Messina has expressed in social media (apparently Facebook) and a self-published book, both of which Breznican claims are “disturbing acts”. Breznican complains that in spite of those stated views “the district has taken no action to censure or demand even an apology from him about his inflammatory remarks.”

Nor should they. This may come as a surprise to Breznican, but what a citizen says or does on his own time, as long as it’s legal, can’t be sanctioned by any governmental agency. It’s called the First Amendment. It’s not subject to the district’s approval or disapproval.

From what little I know of him I happen to agree that at least some of what Messina says makes no sense, but if that were some kind of threshold, I can’t think of anybody in the Dem/socialist party who would be qualified to hold public office.

If that board tries to do anything, that’s the action of a government body reacting to, and taking action against, a person for exercising their right to express an opinion, which is EXACTLY what the First Amendment prohibits.

Breznican goes on: “”That’s what Joe Messina has done. He is harming the students and the district with these fabrications.”

Well, that’s Breznican’s opinion, and it’s only an opinion. Clearly, a lot of people don’t agree with him, or Messina wouldn’t have been able to get elected. And at the next election, if other people share Breznican’s opinion, Messina won’t be re-elected. Right?

I think that Bernie Sanders is a Trotskyite communist, and his ideas and policies are insane, but that doesn’t mean I think he should be silenced, or booted from the Senate. He was duly and properly elected to the Senate by his constituents, as crazy as that seems, and there’s nothing anybody can do about it.

I think every Dem/socialist in Sacramento, along with about two-thirds of the GOPers, are nuts. But that doesn’t bar them from office, or justify any form of governmental sanction.

That pesky First Amendment again.

Which brings us back to that threat to our liberties that I mentioned at the beginning of this column. Conservatives believe that the liberties guaranteed to us by the Constitution and Bill of Rights mean exactly what they say. I may not agree with you but I won’t try to silence you. Or, as attributed to Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

But the Left… Ah, the Left. If they don’t like what you say, they’ll try to destroy your life, demonize you, silence you, shun you, exile you from the public square, get you fired from your job, and outlaw what you can say.

If that’s not a threat to liberty, I don’t know what is.

 

©Brian Baker 2017

 

(Also published today in my local newspaper, The Signal )

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14 comments on “Liberty Is Under Fire

  1. Hardnox says:

    Good post bro.

    The attack on the First Amendment is the vilest and threatens our republic. To that end, the left must be neutered. It’s no more complicated than that. Besides, who gave them the authority to be the language/thought police? I don’t recall ceding them that authority.

  2. Nee says:

    Sigh. Do you watch Tucker Carlson? He calls it out pretty well. And we’re back to where we were, 10 years ago, only worse. I cannot and will not stay silent. The ignorant masses are killing us. People, born here or not –who say this country sucks? Quite simply? They need to get the F*ck out. I am waiting for the implosion when James O’keefe finally shows the leftists what they have tried to hide behind with the media. I just hope he doesn’t end up dead.

    • BrianR says:

      Well, I don’t watch any TV news, so I haven’t seen Carlson, though I’ve read good things.

      Yep, I know exactly what you mean.

  3. Kathy says:

    Yep, our 1A rights are definitely under attack, and right now those antifa thugs are the worst culprits. I saw a Crowder video where some of his guys infiltrated and recorded them. One even handed him a knife, then they were talking about other weapons, guns included. Somebody’s gonna get killed and all because they don’t think anyone should get to talk if they disagree with them. Stupid is as stupid does, right?

  4. Gunny G says:

    Well said!

  5. captbogus2 says:

    “,, the liberties we take for granted in this country.” That’s the problem.

  6. CW says:

    This is quite interesting to me because there was a similar incident with a newly elected school board trustee in the town I recently lived in. After she was elected it was learned that she had recently posted an anti-Muslim comment on FB, and the other trustees of the board voted to censure her. They also asked her to resign, stating there was no way within the policy to force her to do so, but she refused. At the time I remember being surprised that the other trustees would have the authority to vote to censure her for remarks she made as a private citizen, and I haven’t seen the policy to know if they actually did have that authority.

    Needless to say it is dangerous territory for bodies of elected members to presume to censure members for remarks made as private citizens, because it amounts to censuring that members’ voters as well. In the case I mentioned above there seemed to be an assumption that no voters had seen her FB comments and so this new information entitled the other elected trustees to censure this woman, but who is to say that her supporters weren’t following her on FB and that her sentiments towards Muslims don’t mirror their own? We live in an age of leftwing bullying in which the bullies presume the right to pick and choose what amounts to free speech.

    This is a timely discussion given what’s happening in the NFL. It angers me when people frame the debate over disrespecting the flag during games as a “free speech” issue, when it is nothing of the sort. Since when do employees have the unadulterated right to express themselves in any way they please when they are on company time? And yet the very same people who want school board members to be censured or fired for comments they make as private citizens believe that football players can ignore NFL policy during games for which they are being paid because of their “right to free speech.”

    Go figure.

    • BrianR says:

      That’s an interesting occurrence, CW. If that board member had challenged the censure on First Amendment grounds, I’m sure he/she would have won, but of course, what member of a school board is going to go to that expense?

      Regardless of their policy or by-laws, the Constitution supersedes it. Certain rights are inviolable. Would they have the right to censure a person because they were a gun owner, and the other members hated guns? Of course not. Well, this is the same deal.

      I also agree with your assessment of the NFL issue. The ONLY reason those players get away with their BS is because neither the owners nor the league are demanding that they stop. I think that’s going to come back and bite them on the butt.

  7. garnet92 says:

    Mr. Breznican’s actions are straight off of Page 6 of the Left’s Guide for Acrimonious Activity. You know how they like to label something that they find unpleasant to their fragile self-image as being: (choose one or more: racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, etc.) or if none of those fit, simply label the statements as inflammatory remarks or fabrications as Mr. Breznican did. Same old leftist crap. Sling a diaper-load of it against the wall and hope that some of it sticks.

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