I wasn’t shocked at how many people in the Media, and some who visit this BLOG, responded to the events that led-up to the Freedom of Expression Shooting in Garland Texas the other day, who were (are) on the wrong side of the issue.
As a matter of fact, I expected criticism of Geller from the LEFT . . . BUT NOT FROM CONSERVATIVES, and certainly not to the extent we are witnessing from otherwise solid Conservatives.
I receive emails everyday from extremely concerned Americans and Canadians who are terrified, and utterly convinced that the process is in the works throughout the world, but specifically throughout Canada and the USA to control FREE SPEECH on the Internet.
We know that regulations are definitely moving forward, especially through the United Nations – to add controls on the Internet that never before existed. And those of us who pay attention, also know, that given the opportunity to regulate anything the government can – THE GOVERNMENT WILL.
The FIRST and SECOND American Amendments are the RIVERS from which all FREEDOM and prosperity in the USA flow. And by extension, these American Rivers of Freedom also carry the world. But, take just ONE of these Rivers away, and the other no longer exists . . .
SO – WHEN I HEAR A NARCISSIST LIKE BILL O’REILLY of FOX News, making a statement CRITICIZING Pamela Geller . . . not because she was able to fully express her views . . . BUT BECAUSE SHE DID EXPRESS HER VIEWS, as if this was somehow a bad thing to do in America, I have to hold my head in despair.
For O’Reilly, a man who has become wealthy feeding off the TROUGH of FREE SPEECH, to lambaste Pamela Geller for standing up for FREEDOM of EXPRESSION, by putting herself in the CROSSHAIRS of Islamist SAVAGES . . . is nothing short of disgraceful.
If you think Geller was wrong by any measure, because she took FULL ADVANTAGE OF HER FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT, by speaking out in a fashion she wished . . . you are missing the whole point of the FIRST AMENDMENT.
And given how frightened so many people are . . . that the BUREAUCRACY is moving to CONTROL Freedom of Expression on the Internet, the last people anyone would expect to want to limit FREE SPEECH by any measure, would be, and should be people who make a living using their opinions in every venue imaginable.
I will not COUNTENANCE RESTRICTING A SINGLE IOTA of debate on what I can say . . . and what I cannot say according to anyone – on the Internet or otherwise.
If you don’t like what I have to say – DON’T LISTEN.
If you don’t like what I have to write – DON’T READ IT.
If you don’t like want I have to draw – DON’T LOOK AT IT.
If you disagree with my opinion – ARGUE YOUR OWN.
If you think I’m defamatory – SUE ME.
BUT DO NOT TELL ME THAT I DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO MY OPINION.
In Bill O’Reilly’s case, as in the case of all other SELF APPOINTED guardians of their truth, he made it clear on one hand . . . that Pamela Geller had the RIGHT to organize her event, but criticized her sharply and unfairly for doing so.
It is one thing to criticize what someone says . . . but it’s an entirely different thing to criticize the person for saying it.
Three weeks ago, I gave a speech in Ottawa that was videotaped, and not to my knowledge, the video was disseminated on YouTube. When one of the visitors to Galganov.com, from Texas no less, brought it to my attention, I later linked it to a future editorial.
And to my great surprise, the response from people who saw the video kind of blew me away, especially since I didn’t think it was all that good. But, who am I to argue. So, starting shortly, I will be trying to do as many as one YouTube Editorial per week.
THIS GALGANOV DOT COM VIDEO will not be sophisticated. I’m going to purchase an inexpensive camera, a plain static tripod, maybe some basic lighting, and will construct a simple outdoor studio facing the horse paddock.
I HAVE NO IDEA HOW SUCCESSFUL THIS WILL BE . . . But, it will be worth the try. And if what happened in Garland Texas this past week with Pamela Geller and the Islamists proves only one thing . . .
WE NEED MORE FREE SPEECH . . . NOT LESS.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov