A CIVIL War is a CIVIL War. A REVOLUTION is a REVOLUTION. And never the Twain Shall Meet. I have never once extolled violence or encouraged a Civil War.
Larry Lehrman from Aventura Florida, who I am certain, meant well, wrote in the Comment Section of Galganov.com in the last Editorial . . . that I should be careful about using the word REVOLUTION in what I write, because it could jeopardize my entry into the USA. And I really appreciate his concern.
WHAT IS REALLY BOTHERSOME ABOUT LEHRMAN’S LETTER THOUGH:
I have to assume that Larry Lehrman was probably alive when there was a significant FREEDOM and RIGHTS REVOLUTION in the 1960’s (July 2, 1964), when the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT WAS PASSED.
I doubt if Larry was alive when there was another major REVOLUTION, when on August 18, 1920, the 19TH AMENDMENT was passed giving Women the RIGHT TO VOTE.
And as a Canadian, I clearly remember when in 1960, Quebec threw out the Rule of the Catholic Church, and launched what is OFFICIALLY known as the QUIET REVOLUTION.
But . . . to keep it most current . . . I doubt if anyone reading this Editorial today, doesn’t remember the MUSIC REVOLUTION of the 1950’s when White Folk performed Black Music. And then in the 1960’s . . . when Britain INVADED America with the Beatles and so many others, ending American Rule over Rock & Roll. That was a REVOLUTION too.
What bothers me MOST however, is that Larry Lehrman, who lives in Florida, and is I assume an American Citizen, is FRIGHTENED for me, because of the things I write, for which I am GRATEFUL for his concern, but the sheer fact that Lehrman is FRIGHTENED for me, because I express my opinions, which in the United States of America is the FIRST CONSTITUTIONAL GUARANTEE OF FREE FREEDOM . . . is more than just somewhat disconcerting.
THIS IS NOT GOOD:
The FACT that Lehrman, and so many other decent people are FRIGHTENED to speak their mind, shouts VOLUMES about where we are today in our societies. I get it all the time from People in Canada and the United States, who are concerned for me, because of the things I Write and Say, and how I Write and Say them.
NOT ONLY SHOULD ALL PEOPLE . . . be encouraged to speak out, especially without fear . . . but imagine what our world would be like today, if going back almost 250-Years ago, Thomas Jefferson was FRIGHTENED to EXPRESSLY encourage American Patriots to SPILL THE BLOOD OF TYRANTS from time to time, to GUARANTEE the FREEDOMS of America?
DON’T WRITE WITH CAPS AND BOLD:
I RECEIVED SOME DUELING EMAILS . . . started by a READER with a legitimate complaint about my use of CAPITAL BOLD LETTERS, which at the beginning, even IRKED Anne (my wife).
A couple of READERS suggested that I should NOT use these “expressions” . . . while more said that I should.
SO HERE IT IS . . . WARTS AND ALL:
From time to time . . . I receive emails telling me not to write this way or that way. I receive advice from teachers and former teachers who also tell me NOT to use BOLDS and CAPITAL LETTERS. I even get letters from people who are bothered because of my use of DOTS . . . like those, and the use of DASHES – like this.
Some people get upset, because I use numbers like 1, instead of spelling them out as in ONE.
When I was in school . . . all the way back to Grade School, and then in High School too, my Creative English (English Comprehensive) teachers, enjoyed reading what I wrote, but not necessarily how I wrote what I wrote. But that’s the way I wrote.
Later on in life, I became a VORACIOUS Reader of various Genre, which included stories written by Writers who used Colorful Words and different ways of Expressing them.
ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITE WRITERS . . . (and there were a few) was Damon Runyun, who wrote INCESSANTLY about America’s Mobsters, in CLASSICS like – Guys & Dolls, Little Miss Marker, The Lemon Drop Kid and more . . . much-much more.
He developed an incredible way of phrasing things and painting verbal pictures, which no one since, has been able to duplicate, because it was uniquely him.
WHEN I WROTE MY FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK . . . Capital Dickheads, it was about Canada and America’s Politicians, which was written during my LEFTIST days when Mulroney was Canada’s Prime Minister and Reagan was America’s President. It too was slammed for the Writing Style, but strangely, it still received more attention than it deserved for how it was written. Go figure?
I wrote a Play (Je Me Souviens un Place Pour Tous) – (I remember A Place For Everyone) about the duality of French/English Montreal, which was performed by the Late and Great Geraldine Doucet, which was a NOSTALGIC look back at the City from the 1950’s to the 1990’s . . . it too was panned for the way I wrote it, but was also discussed at length, BECAUSE of the way it was written.
THEN I WROTE A CANADIAN BEST SELLER . . . which went into three printings, was on the BEST SELLERS LIST for 13-Weeks, surpassing the Classic Novel (Barney’s Version), written by one of the World’s Great Writers . . . Mordechai Richler, who was so upset that I was Number ONE to his Number TWO, that he wrote a half page article, which appeared in Syndicated Newspapers across Canada, SLAMMING MY WRITING STYLE AND POOR GRAMMAR.
I AM NOT A GIFTED WRITER . . . and I am the first to admit it. But I am also not a PHONY. And from the time I can first remember, I’ve been criticized for how I write and express myself. And it is most unlikely, that I will ever be acknowledged for anything but a guy with a decent vocabulary with a story to tell.
AND THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME . . . So, if you’re looking for me to change the way I write, sorry, but that’s not going to happen. And to make certain that it’s NOT going to happen . . . ANNE TOLD ME SO!
TOMORROW IS THE FIRST OF TWO BIG DAYS in the Jewish Calendar, it is New Year for some 13-Million Jews from around the World, known as Rosh Hashanah, which represents the 5777th Year of Jewish History, Jewish Traditions, and Jewish Existence on this Planet, dating all the way back to Abraham.
I know that this is no reason for many to Celebrate, like the Nazis, the Moslem Nations that want to Wipe Israel Off The Map, and for a whole host of Europeans who aren’t all that happy that Hitler didn’t succeed.
BUT . . . AS WE JEWS SAY AT ALL OUR FEASTS, WHICH RECALL OUR SURVIVAL:
They Came. They Tried To Kill Us All. They Didn’t . . . LET’S EAT.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov