Je Suis Charlie?

Journalists and other leftists around the world are wrapping themselves in the blood soaked banner of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a lot of conservatives too.  Last week’s attack on the newspaper’s staff, along with the murder of a French policeman, was horrific.  We should all support their right to publish.  We should also recognize the innate hypocrisy we are being shoveled by many (most?) of Charlie Hebdo’s new found allies.

Charlie Hebdo loves to ridicule religion; not Islam, not Christianity – religion … period.  Fair enough, they should have that right.  What if they attacked homosexuals, or women, or blacks, or … ?  They would be have been labeled as a right-wing (always) homophobic (or sexist, or racist, or …ist) rag.  As David Brooks has pointed out:

The journalists at Charlie Hebdo are now rightly being celebrated as martyrs on behalf of freedom of expression, but let’s face it: If they had tried to publish their satirical newspaper on any American university campus over the last two decades it wouldn’t have lasted 30 seconds. Student and faculty groups would have accused them of hate speech. The administration would have cut financing and shut them down.

When Ayann Hirsi Ali is invited to speak at a college campus she is usually protested, or disinvited.  This hypocrisy is not limited to the college campus either.  Writers such as Ann Coulter are routinely attacked.  Why?  They present a right-of-center point of view.  Sure, some leftists are attacked as well but the attack is usually against their arguments.

If we are serious about freedom of speech, we should strive to protect it.  This means engaging in civil discourse whenever possible and acknowledging that speech never justifies violence.  We should acknowledge that some speech, like much found in Charlie Hebdo, is just plain rude.  We should support their right to publish.  We should decry the Jihadist attack against them.  But are they heroes?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The real reason that the Pilgrims gave thanks to Almighty God …

Almost 400 years ago a group of dissenting Christians left their homes and bravely (and faithfully) crossed an ocean so that they might live and worship as they saw fit.  They braved sea, storm, wilderness, sickness, and poor harvest.  We all know the story.

Yesterday I was listening to Rush Limbaugh and was reminded of another detail is seldom, if ever, taught in our schools today.  The first Thanksgiving (it really wasn’t, but we’ll let that slide for now) was a result of hard work, individual initiative, faithfulness, and private property.

What?  I thought the settlers of the Plymouth Colony lived communally.  I thought that they shared their bounty.  And wasn’t it the Indians (Native Americans) who helped them feed themselves?

You’re right.  They did.  The Native Americans did help. They also nearly starved to death.  It was only after Gov. William Bradford gave each family their own plot of land and encouraged them to plant early and work for themselves did they begin to experience surplus.  With this surplus they could trade and branch out into other endeavors.

With no disrespect to my Catholic, Jewish, Muslim (and even atheist) brethren, this is what was called “the Protestant Work Ethic”.  It just so happened that they were protestant, but it was PRIVATE PROPERTY and INDVIDUAL LIBERTY which motivated the settlers to succeed.  Over 200 years before Karl Marx wrote the Communist Manifesto, the settlers of Plymouth Colony demonstrated its failure.

Our children aren’t taught these important lessons anymore.  Since our schools refuse, it’s up to parents to teach their children the complete meaning of Thanksgiving.

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Beggars of the Shore

With the Maryland General Assembly in session, rural Maryland is once again preparing itself to raped and pillaged.  Expect our taxes to be increased – yes, even in an election year – and yet more of our individual and corporate liberty to be taken away.  What can we do?  One option is to follow the advice of Salisbury’s Daily Times and become sycophants and beggars.

In today’s editorial we are encouraged to drop our collective pants and take it with a metaphorical smile:

… What’s needed is persistence, public relations strategy and a reasonable amount of patience. In addition, Shore delegates and senators need to step up their efforts to find common ground with their counterparts from more populous areas of the state.

One hindrance to progress is that Shore legislators sometimes find it easier to preach to their local choir about the wrongheadedness of Annapolis (and Washington) rather than roll up their sleeves and make incremental progress on very complex issues. As a result, local voters often re-elect officials who speak their language on key issues, but don’t necessarily get better results. …

Translation:  We need to suck up to the Annapolis ruling class so that they will only take away 90% of the money and property that they were otherwise planning to.  We need to become MORE, not less, dependent on Annapolis.  We need to beg to keep SOME of what is already ours by right.

Expect to hear more of this vein in the coming months as the Daily Times prepares the case to re-elect the likes of Del. Norm Conway (D-38B), Sen. Jim Mathias (D-38), Wicomico County Executive Rick Pollitt (D), Wicomico Councilman Matt Holloway (R), and Wicomico Councilman John Hall (R).

Imagine if we were living in 1776.  Following their logic we should not have stood up against the British crown.  We should have accepted whatever tyranny came from London and hope that we could retain a tiny bit more of our lives, liberty, and property by “building relationships” and “working with the King’s government” as they continued to take what is ours.

By the logic of Michael Killian and his minions at the Daily Tory, Patrick Henry was wrong and the members of the Continental Congress weren’t accomplishing anything because they stood up for what was right rather than what was expedient.

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First Amendment Dead in Maryland

TOWSON, MD – The left seems to believe that there should be no consequences to saying anything … provided you adhere to the liberal orthodoxy.  However, if you don’t then they also seem to find no problem throwing the First Amendment right out the window.

We see one such example in the recent arrest of a Howard County parent attempting to ask questions at one of the recent meetings on “Common Core” being held by the state Board of Education.  The parent was arrested and charged with assault.

Readers should understand that the rules set by the Maryland board were designed to limit discussion and deflect serious debate away from this issues.  All questions were supposed to be submitted ahead of time, in writing.  The government officials were able to cherry pick questions and re-word them to allow softball answers to softball questions.

While the charges against Robert Small have been dropped, the message sent was loud and clear – DO NOT CHALLENGE THE STATIST ORTHODOXY.

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The EPA Brigade

CHICKEN, AK – I remember watching a 1997 Steven Seagal movie, Fire Down Below, and thinking what a stupid premise the movie was based on.  Sure it was decent low brow entertainment and I loved some of the actors – Marg Helgenberger, Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm – and the country singers that also appeared – Marty Stuart, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt – but c’mon … an EPA agent wages war against an evil corporation and the town it controls.  Boy, was I wrong!

Last week armed EPA agents raided the thriving metropolis of Chicken, Alaska.  The EPA Brigade showed up in full body armor looking for violations of the Clean Water Act.

The next time I need to call 911 for the police I’ll tell them that someone is polluting rather than robbing my house.  Maybe the eco-army will respond faster.

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Ronald Reagan’s Birthday

Today is the 102nd anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States, victor of the Cold War, enemy of world communism, and architect of the longest period of economic growth in our nation’s history.

The Ronald Reagan Foundation will host a celebration webcast beginning at 8:30 AM (EST).

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Del. Mike McDermott Stands Up for Second Amendment

POCOMOKE, MD – Not every elected official in the Once Free State is opposed to allowing law abiding citizens to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.  While Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler is spending our tax dollars attempting to overturn US District Judge Benson Legg’s ruling that Maryland’s “good and substantial cause” in issuing carry permits is unconstitutional, Delegate Mike McDermott (R-38B) acknowledges that this right should carry the same weight as other enumerated rights such as freedom of the press:

The court has clearly stated our people do not need a "good and substantial" reason to exercise their God-given and constitutionally recognized right to protect themselves and their loved ones with a firearm at all times. The burden does not rest on the individual to prove they have a need and this ruling will require the Maryland State Police to come up with new standards when it comes to the issuance of carry permits. States that have trusted their citizens with the right to carry firearms have benefitted from lower murder rates and fewer violent crimes. States that have stood in the way of their people continue to struggle.

Kudos to McDermott and the minority of Maryland legislators who recognize that exercising our God-given liberty, not the extremes of the nanny state, is the best solution to protect our persons, our property, and our economy.  It is our hope that eligible citizens take up McDermott’s rallying cry and apply for carry permits.  Only criminals, and the statists in control of Annapolis, have anything to fear.

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