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Don't Call Me a Communist, Because I Express My Freedom of Speech

You cannot continue to preach from one side of your mouth while complaining about programs that help the poor from the other.

I know I’ll be accused of supporting one party. In fact, there is only one party.

I’ll be called a Communist, which I most certainly am not, by people who think that exercising free speech, is communism.

I’ll get several letters, explaining exactly why I’m wrong.

It’s what we do.

The oppressors control the oppressed and have throughout history. The government continues to single out and figure out those who refuse to stop struggling.

Why? To impose regulations to strangle the truth out of those who dare believe in, or support, the Constitution.  

During George Jr.’s tenure as President, 50,000 new regulations were added. It takes thousands of people and tax dollars to wade through all of them.

The idea seems to be to regulate every breath we take, every move we make. Then the chosen few are allowed to break those regulations, while reserving the right to prosecute the rest of us if we do.

Here are three of my favorite quotes:

1.) “You see, you and I, we believe in life, but you want to fight for it, to kill for it. Even to die… for life. I only want to live it.” Ayn Rand

2.) "The citizen who thinks he sees that the commonwealth's political clothes are worn out, and yet holds his peace and does not agitate for a new suit, is disloyal, he is a traitor.” Mark Twain

3.) “First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.” Pastor Martin Niemöller

Two things inspired this column:

  • The Miami Heat won the national championship. On Monday, there was a parade in their honor. Traffic was stopped for 30 square miles around the arena. The arena is located at the intersection of several interstates and turnpikes; everything was at a standstill.

Any bridge with a view of the arena was covered with stopped cars, bringing the entire city of 5.5 million people to its knees. The people stopped on the bridges of the interstate, to prove in some ways, that we are stupid enough to need all the regulations being passed. I’m not condemning what happened. The Heat deserved the parade.

  • On Tuesday President Obama appeared in Miami Beach at the Fillmore, before a crowd of 2,300 people. There was no traffic jam, and, in fact, I was a block away and would never have known anything of any consequence was going on, if I hadn’t been paying attention. There were more Secret Service agents and dogs than attendees.

As long as the government continues to create endless, useless and mindless laws and regulations, it will continue to be afforded less regard and respect.

I received two emails recently from seemingly intelligent and informed friends and family, which is what brought to mind President Obama's recent Miami Beach visit and the lack of attention to it.

The first email came amid the dozens of before and after Obama statements. Don’t you read this stuff before you send it? Over half were wrong, and I’ll only use the most idiotic one, to make my point:

"Before Obama, gas $1.61, after Obama, gas $4.85." Am I the only one who remembers $5 a gallon gas during the Bush administration?

The other is a cartoon called Make Mine Freedom, produced in 1948. It features a tall, thin dark person who is trying to shove some form of "ism" down the American public’s throats. People today are claiming it’s someone’s prediction or warning about Obama. It was written by some highly educated idiot 13 years before Obama was born.

Give me a break.

I’m tired of hearing that the welfare and health care systems belong to one party and equate to socialism. The welfare state was designed by, and is a direct expression of, America’s Christian values.

We are our brother’s keeper.

You cannot continue to preach from one side of your mouth while complaining about programs that help the poor from the other. You believe, or you don’t; it’s as simple as that.

I, myself, believe in Americanisms, like freedom of speech. I will exercise this freedom as long as I am allowed to do so.

When someone tries to shove a line of bull  down my throat, I will spit it out.

In 1957, in the book Atlas Shrugged, auhor Ayn Rand predicted our destination. We have arrived at the destination she predicted. Don’t act shocked. We dreamed and created it.

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Kennesaw Taylor July 03, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Wow very clear and concise ideas. I couldn't agree more. Lord, don't get me started on Native Americans, north or south.
Kennesaw Taylor July 03, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Hi Jack and thanks for the comment. Not wanting to argue, i normally don't make too many comments. I figure my opinion of your opinion of my opinion is not wanted or needed. I generally write only humor, but was recently hired to write political columns, I need to work a little more humor into it, I guess. I agree with you so much, i felt it important to respond. I don't mean we as today's Christians, but was referring to those in the days when the welfare state was created. It was easy to implement these programs, as we as a nation were very much in agreement with the ideas of them. They may have been the brain child of one party, but were agreed upon by the majority of the country. I'm afraid my freedom of speech is the only weapon available to me and many others. I vote and am as active as possible. I appreciate your supporting our country, I support her too. I will continue to try to inspire action from others with my columns and hope they will contain a little more humor in the future. I have traveled the world and am aware ours is the best country in the world. I'll never leave my country, but am getting pretty tired of those driving the bus.
Paul Ray July 04, 2012 at 10:40 AM
I think this sums up the problem we are facing. "There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution." John Adams
Paul Ray July 04, 2012 at 10:46 AM
"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." George Washington
Paul Ray July 04, 2012 at 10:49 AM
@Kennesaw. I enjoy reading opposing views, and usually shudder reading views I agree with but not for any of the reasons the poster makes. I am always offended when a differing view is called "Wrong". I do not think 95% of political discourse is really that black and white, I prefer to think it opinion. I was once told by a wise Indian friend "When you lose your sense of outrage, you lose yourself" and I adher to that and urge everyone to speak their minds in a civil and intelligent fashion. Thanks for the post.

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