We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
Samuel Adams (Image is Copley's 1772 portrait of the firebrand rabble-rouser and tea-partyer)
Jim G. ...IIRC, the term 'hate speech' is an invention of 20th century leftist liberals who needed an "enemy" to sell their political correctness con to us poor senseless citizens. Back in the 18th and 19th century, vigorous debate flourished and most of us at least initially respected each other before we joined in intelligent debates on various subjects. Which we were expected to do. You know -- town hall meetings and other encounters among our citizens. And we appreciated a good firebrand/rabble rouser, which Sam Adams was. He didn't only make beer you know.
How do I know this? I was born in 1928, and have been listening, observing and reading about the American political scene all of my life. It's been endlessly fascinating. And I hope it's not over yet.
Agreed. Thomas Jefferson was on the receiving end of some outrageous campaign slander as were others on either side of the issues, but somehow, they were able to keep in mind what school kids used to know when I was young - "sticks and stones may hurt my bones but words will never hurt me". I guess the PC crowd hasn't grown up that much. The left is skilled at taking an issue (being courteous) and bending it to the breaking point so that it furthers greater control by elites (and in their mind, that's them). Didn't the left in the 60s name a park in Berkley for free speech? I guess we'll have to rename it...
Wouldn't it be remarkable to hear a current politician speak in language this direct, this vivid, and this uncompromising? People would be fainting in the aisles. What a wonderfully expressed sentiment. "Lick the hand that feeds you -- we'll try to forget you were our countrymen." What a lot of wimps we have today instead!