Curtis Dahlgren
August 10, 2012
WHO IS "BULLYING" WHOM? [Chick fil-A - etc, etc, etc.]
By Curtis Dahlgren

"In those countries where a man cannot call his tongue his own, he can scarcely call anything else his own. Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation, must begin by subduing the freeness of speech." — Benjamin Franklin

"Silence will not be tolerated — we must place ourselves avowedly with them. Senator Douglas' new sedition law must be enacted and enforced, suppressing all declarations that slavery is wrong, whether made in presses, in pulpits, or in PRIVATE."Abraham Lincoln (Cooper Institute address, February 1860)

"The greatest historian should also be a great moralist. It is no proof of impartiality to treat wickedness and goodness on the same level." — President Theodore Roosevelt

"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." — George Orwell

Define "uncivil discourse." I know demagoguery when I see it, but how does the radical Left define it? Do they really think the rest of us are going to put our tails between our legs and just go away, silently into the night?

I don't think so! The days of the double-standard, the one-way dead-end street, are over — gone — done!

BULLIES BEGIN BY "DISCOURAGING" SPEECH. Then they make it "subdued." Then they suppress it! And finally, they force you to "agree" with them; SILENCE WILL NOT BE TOLERATED (by the "tolerant ones"). SO STIFLE YOURSELF!

Any pretext will do when Big Brother is in stifle-mode. Any excuse will do, so I'm reposting excerpts from my 1/11/11 column, quote:


On the day of the Ft. Hood shooting in which a radical Islamist killed 13 unarmed soldiers and wounded over 30 others, the U.S. President did not observe a moment of silence, or call it "an unspeakable tragedy"; he seemed to be in a pretty good mood in fact. The press didn't go ga-ga over links to the religion of the shooter. We were earnestly lectured not to "jump to conclusions." And he turned out to be "just mentally ill" — perhaps suffering from vicarious Post-Traumatic Stress.

I remember the day President Reagan was shot, and I don't recall conservatives railing about the "uncivil anti-Reagan environment." No one was calling for government control of Hollywood, even though the shooter was admittedly inspired by Jody Foster. Shucks, in 1963 I don't think any Democrats blamed Republicans or conservatives for the assassination of President Kennedy either.

And I don't speak flippantly about this subject. I lost eight close friends in a church shooting — including my minister and his 14 year old son. His wife took a bullet clear through her upper body and survived (so we of course pray for Representative Giffords).

As for the mainstream news media, they need our prayers for a entirely different reason. My minister's body wasn't even cold before the media began to speculate as to whether we were a "cult." On the other hand, the media calls the Arizona shooter an "anti-government extremist" (hint, hint), while refusing to say a word about his backyard altar to the gods of the real occult, or much about his love of marijuana and other drugs. Mr. Loughner was pro-atheism and anti-religion, but the Left secretly wishes that he had been a Pentecostal or a Mormon.

As Brent Bozell of the Media Research Council writes, "Implicating a conservative tie to this heinous act of violence or to Jared Lee Loughner, who is no conservative, is nothing short of a naked campaign to criminalize conservative thought. [see Franklin's quote above]

"Sadly, those who point their finger are at the nexus of hypocrisy. Take the unidentified 'veteran Democratic strategist' who told Politico that, 'they need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers ... Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.'

"All manner of conservatives are being indicted with this evil act, none of whom have any connection to it. . . Shame on the reporters and media outlets that entertained these outrageous accusations and who are now responsible for spreading the lies."

Newt says that the closest parallel shooting to the Arizona one was the Virginia Tech shooting, since psychiatrists said the shooter was a bit "off," but the school didn't dare kick him out because of racial consideration (in the case of the Ft. Hood shooter, it was religious considerations). . . Loughner is a useful idiot for the Left and they're going to milk this incident as long as they can. The Wellstone Brigade will try one more time, even though their radical extremism keeps backfiring and biting them in the butt.

P.S. My previous two columns [Dec 10, Jan 11] were on tolerance, and the paradoxes of "Freedom" (some of the synonyms for "FREE" include "uncommitted," fancy-free, loose, wild, free-wheeling, and uninhibited). Those were not high on the list of goals for the Pilgrims, Puritans, or the Founders of the American Revolution (such goals didn't even dominate the 1960s or 70s; that was a fictitious media creation). The protesters of the so-called Youth Revolution were only a small minority of the whole. And even right now, young Americans are more pro-life and otherwise conservative than their parents were. They are coming to appreciate their grandparents! . . .

PPS: LOVE THY NEIGHBOR VERSUS "TOLERATE"

"Tolerate" and "tolerance" ought to be insults to minority groups, but they're probably just not AWARE that:

According to Webster's New Twentieth Century Dictionary (World Publishing, 1958), the noun "tolerance" [Latin, from tolerare, "to bear"] means:

1) the ability to endure;

2) the amount of variation allowed from a standard, as in -

a) the amount that coins are legally allowed to vary from a standard weight, etc, and

b) maximum and minimum sizes of some mechanical part; **

3) freedom from bigotry;

4) the natural or acquired ability to endure or resist the harmful effects of the continued or increasing use of a drug.

"TOLERABLE," adjective:

1) fairly good, passable

2) in health, condition "fair"

"TOLERATE," verb, transitive: "to put up with" (as "he tolerates his brother-in-law").

I think that the "gay" community — or at least the strident minority-of-the-minority — is really hungering for "love" or "approval." As an old-timer, I am convinced that the homosexual "community" had a lot more "love" and "approval" and "tolerance" from the rest of society when they weren't trying to wage a cultural war on society in general.

** As for the mechanical analogy, it's the perfect metaphor. In pornography there's even a magazine called "Variations." When a machinist "hits the mark" his product is ideal. From "ideal" it may degenerate to "passable," but beyond a certain point it is simply pitched out! Edmund Burke once said, "There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue."

As people used to say, "God isn't done with me yet, but God don't make no junk either." Yes, we are all "works in progress," but God is not dead (least of all, the God of Judgment). And God is not stupid.

If "tolerance" is a good thing and one definition is "the ability to endure," perhaps the Left wingers need more of it themselves — in order to be more able to "endure" a little perceived criticism [end excerpts].

PPPS: ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER SHOOTING. I guess this all proves that there are wicked spirits in "high places" — including mile-high Aurora, Littleton, and Colorado Springs — and that Satan has friends in low places too (under-1000 foot altitude Wisconsin, which has had five multiple-shootings in just a few years). When Ann Coulter titled a book "Demonic," she wasn't just using a figure of speech.

John Adams said that "This constitution was made for a religious people" and is wholly inadequate for any other.

When a 2008 candidate for President mentioned this in a major speech, the pretty young things reading the news almost went "like eeeww!" They acted as this were the first time they had ever heard of a John Adams. Maybe it was!

[BTW, the candidate was Mitt Romney, and there was a shooting in a mall in Salt Lake City that same day.]

More to come. I'm reading a book about Billy Sunday, and I plan to do a column of his quotations. America, we sure could use another Billy Sunday!


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Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)

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