WE CAN’T WRITE OR SPEAK TOO OFTEN OR TOO MUCH ABOUT FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION:
All the People . . . who are Regular Readers of this BLOG, know that I have an Unabashed Affinity for Patriotism, Nationalism, Free Enterprise & FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.
One of the Commenters on this BLOG, wrote in the last Editorial, that Disparaging the US FLAG IS NOT REALLY FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, because it’s an Action, opposed to just Words. SHE’S WRONG.
I DETEST FLAG BURNERS . . . Especially Flag Desecraters in Free Countries such as the United States of America. But like it or not, Burning or Defiling the American Flag is as much a Right to Freedom of Expression as Anything Else.
AND THE MOMENT . . . when we Decide as a Group, to Allow our Respective Governments to Restrict that Freedom of Expression . . . What’s Next?
Are we also going to allow the Government to Decide for us, to Restrict our Freedom of Association, Freedom NOT to Associate, Freedom of Assembly . . . or any of our Other Freedoms Most People Take For Granted?
THIS IS NOT AN EXAGGERATION . . . And anyone in Canada, who has followed my Quests through the Years to Defend Freedom of Expression, can Attest that I Organized & Led Hundreds of Rights Marches, Boycotts, Demonstrations & Public Addresses . . . AND NEVER ONCE DID I ASK FOR A PERMIT.
THE REASON I NEVER ASKED FOR A PERMIT . . . was in itself a Demonstration of my Freedom of Expression, because, had I asked for a Permit, I would have been asking for the RIGHT to Express Myself, which would have been Self-Defeating.
By Sheer Virtue of my Constitutional RIGHT To Freedom of Expression, I EXPRESSED MYSELF WHENEVER AND HOWEVER I “PERSONALLY” DECIDED without seeking Approval or Approbation of Anyone or Government to decide When, Where & How I would be Allowed to Express my FREEDOMS.
The only Caveat, which was Exclusively of MY CHOICE . . . was to inform the Police, as to When, Where, Why & How Many we might be, so the Police could be Prepared for whatever might Happen.
IT IS OUR RIGHT . . . In our Nations’ Freedom of Expression Laws – to Embarrass, Boycott, and even Bring Legal Action against those who Harm or Defame us with Untrue Words, Cartoons, Caricatures & Innuendo . . . These are our Legitimate Remedies, which we have within our Quiver, with which to Combat Lies & Threats to our Freedoms.
THIS IS HOW WE FIGHT FREE SPEECH WE DON’T LIKE:
WE CAN SEE IT TODAY . . . In the World of the MEGA BILLION DOLLAR NFL, where Disrespecting the American Flag is Costing the NFL JERKS, Millions of Viewers, Millions of Game Attendees, Tens if Not Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in Advertising & Sponsors – Many of Whom Might Never Come Back.
I have been a Football “Fanatic” from the time I can first Remember. I Played, Coached, and was a Director of a Minor Football League . . . but this year, because of the Disrespect of the American Flag, I didn’t watch one Game, including the Championship Games.
And while some will be watching the Super Bowl, I’ll be Grilling Steaks with Friends Visiting from Back Home Horse Country. And I won’t be the only one showing my Disdain for those who Disdain the Flag.
IT IS ONLY WHEN THE GOVERNMENT . . . Decides to DEEM what is Acceptable Speech, or Acceptable Demonstration, which causes no Harm or Inconvenience to Others, is when we are all at REAL RISK OF LOSING OUR FREEDOMS.
AS I’VE REPEATEDLY STATED . . . WE’RE BEING UNDERMINED BY YELLOW JOURNALISM:
Over the Years . . . I have made an Exhaustive Number of References, to Three Classic Dystopian Minded-Books – from the Era of the 1950’s . . . ANIMAL FARM, 1984 & ATLAS SHRUGGED, which I believe have been PROPHETIC, to where we’ve Arrived at today in the 21st Century.
The Smart People, who pay Attention, and who haven’t Bought the Big Lies, are Watching & Bearing Witness to our Freedoms Slipping Away, with Broken Hearts and Fear for Tomorrow.
THE STUPID PEOPLE . . . are TOO IGNORANT to Understand, that EVERYTHING is based . . . AND BUILT UPON INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS, and not the Freedom to Take from Others . . . And that the only thing the Government Creates is Debt . . . with the Consequences of Social and Fiscal Paralysis, while Governments Promise the TAKERS the Treasures EARNED by the MAKERS.
AND LET ME MAKE THIS AS CLEAR AS CLEAR CAN BE . . .
The Great Wall & Single-Most-Important Line Of Defense, which we as a Free People have In our Arsenal Of Weapons, with which to Protect & Preserve Our Freedoms . . . IS THE FREE PRESS & OUR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.
SO . . . WHAT HAPPENS, when the Free Press Becomes the Enemy, or Naïvely Sides with the Enemy? Or Reports ONLY the News which is “SAFE” to Report, while MUTING The News . . . Which They Believe Is Not?
WHAT HAPPENS . . . Is that our Full Society, which we “ASSUME IS FREE”, comes under Attack, where in the beginning, our Voices of Freedom will initially begin to Weaken, until those voices Cease to Exist . . . Outside of Protective Groups & Circles – WE’VE SEEN IT THROUGHOUT HISTORY, and we’re Seeing it TODAY in Places like Russia, Iran, China, Virtually all of the Middle East & Most Moslem Countries, and even Within European Communities, where Islam is Predominant.
AND NOW – WE’RE SEEING IT IN CANADA . . . Where Liberal Government Motion – M103, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is in the Process of making it ILLEGAL for People like Me . . . to Write or Speak DISPARAGINGLY about Islam, the Koran and/or Sharia, no matter how Accurate my Commentary would be.
I WILL STAND-UP WITH MY LAST BREATH & KEYSTROKE FOR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION:
I’ll Stand Up NOT because I’m Brave, BUT RATHER BECAUSE I AM NOT. I live in Far Greater Fear of not having my Freedoms, than I do in Threats against me for Expressing Them.
I DO WHAT I DO . . . Because that’s who I am. And even if I wanted to Hide my Head in the Sand, I Couldn’t Do It.
AND I’M NOT ALONE . . . I don’t always Agree with the Opinions of Others, BUT I DO AGREE, that the Opinions of Others, Expressed in a Free Society, whether I Like their Opinions or Not, are Critical to Keeping our Societies FREE.
TAKING ALL OF WHAT I JUST WROTE INTO ACCOUNT . . . Our Greatest Enemies are NOT the Russians, NOR the Chinese, NOR the Iranians, NOR the Islamists . . . ETCETERA.
Our Greatest Enemies are from WITHIN, who Report SELECTIVE & FAKE NEWS, and those who wish to Restrict Freedom of Expression, in all of its many Forms . . . Including BANNING the RIGHT of JERKS to Burn the American Flag or Take A Knee to the American Anthem.
SO . . . When The Justice Department, NSA & The FBI Flaunt The Freedoms of the People, and THE “FREE PRESS” lets them – Think of the Consequences:
Our Societies Are Not Great Because Of Our Governments . . .
. . . They’re Great Because Of Our Freedoms.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov