Friday, February 3, 2017

This Week We Saw the Violent Shut Down of Free Speech. That is NOT Acceptable.

When in 1759, On the Mind was burnt by the public hangman in company with Voltaire’s poem On Natural Law, though he had soundly hated (and roundly abused) HelvĂ©tius’ masterpiece, he fought for its right to live, tooth and nail, uphill and down dale, on the essentially Voltairean principle:

“I wholly disapprove of what you say—and will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Last time I checked, we still have Freedom of Speech in this country. That applies to EVERYONE. 

I don't agree with a lot of what people are saying right now, on all sides. Although I might not agree with what you have to say, I will defend your right to say it. If I think that you are wrong, I will debate you, but I will not personally attack your character or physically assault you. It's unethical, and shows how weak of character you truly are when you engage in such things. 

Let me be perfectly clear here,

If you cannot listen to all sides of an argument, think for yourself, or decide what is correct and what is not, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.

Between the violent, toxic rhetoric of extremists, cult-like behavior of several "social justice" movements, and news stations that are purposefully using language that minimizes destructive behavior and is actively creating a false narrative to whip everyone one up into a frenzy.

Y'all are going fucking nuts out there.


Damn it Chicken Little, the sky is not falling.

It's not.

Seriously. It's not.

Take a deep breath.

Take another one.

One more.



  • Everything is going to be OK. We live in a safe world (well, unless you're in second or third world countries, then you're fucked. Sorry bruhs. Them's the facts.). 
  • There is no US vs. THEM. There are only people that have different perspectives, education levels, and understandings of how the world works. If I disagree with them, I will use intelligent discourse and facts to support my case. I will not resort to name calling, swearing or bandwagon mentality when I cannot sway someone over to my point of view. 
  • I am a cultured, intelligent human being that can make decisions for myself and not follow a crowd like a brainless cow.
  • I will scrutinize all posts I read that claim things that "might" happen, or are talking about "leaked" information from politicians. They often lie to scare people and fuel the outrage machine.
  • I will research things that don't sound right or sound outrageous (you know, causing rage), before sharing them and instantly becoming an angry, frothy mess.
  • I will not personally attack people on social networks for presenting a point of view that is different from mine. 
  • I will engage in civil conversation and ask such questions as  "Why do you think that?" "Why do you feel that way?" "What do you think is going to happen?" "What do you think is really going on right now?" "Do you have facts to back that up?" You know, like an intelligent human being?

Here's what they don't want you to know:

Everything going on in the world today is the same old shit that has happened for centuries. 

NOTHING has changed, except we now have instant access to breaking news, and a ton of big corporations spin them to a particular point of view to scare you enough to make you violent.

Is that a good thing? No.

Is that fair? Obviously not.

Can you actually say that it's perfectly all right to go out there and physically attack (and sometimes kill) people that think and say things that are different than your point of view? Can you really?

If your answer is yes, I highly suggest that you go seek counseling and/or check yourself into a psychiatric clinic, because obviously you have allowed your emotions to high jack your brain and you can no longer think straight. You are not sane. Get help.

Are your beliefs worth dying for? Are they really? 

Seriously, think about this.

Really think long and hard about this before you act.

You'll thank me for it later...unless you want to passive suicide by cop. Then by all means, go right ahead. I'm not going to stop you. You obviously don't cherish the precious life you have been granted. Go on. Do it.

What? You changed your mind? OK then.

Do you want to be attacked by a violent mob and killed, just for existing? Is it socially, morally, or legally acceptable to do that to others?

NO. It's not.

So cut that shit out.

What's going on is a forceful, violent act of censorship.

Censorship is dangerous- on all levels. Because once it starts, it's a slippery slope down to government controlled thought policing. 

Read about McCarthyism. Read about Stalin and the Gulag. All this talk about "educating ourselves" when we aren't "thinking correctly" and towing the SJW party line? It eerily echoes what happened in Russia. 

Don't like what someone is saying? There are peaceful ways to talk about it.

Setting things on fire, breaking windows, attacking people en mass is not how it is done.
That doesn't bring more people over to your cause. It drives them away in droves.

Please, please people, be careful out there.

It's getting violent, and ugly. And before all the crazies are rounded up and sent to jail (or worse...sent to the Gulag for life) it's probably going to get more dangerous.

Stay vigilant. Keep yourself safe. Don't follow the crowds.

Start polite discourse instead of shutting communications down. Shouting down your opponent, using bullying tactics to shut them up, only makes them more likely to NEVER listen to what you have to say.


"Fear is a strong emotion and it can be manipulated to steer people into making emotional rather than reasoned choices."

Stop being manipulated. 

You're smarter than that.