Oppressors, repressors, dictators, thugs, are all obsessed with controlling the speech of others. Silencing others is critical to people who wish to maintain control. Give it up. The true patriot and true lover of freedom is repulsed by the idea of repression of free speech. (To see how this is directly impacting Geauga County, OH, be sure to scroll past the song below)
There is literally a physical reaction/repulsion inside the body of a person who really understands the ramifications of truth being squelched. It is the natural instinct: fight vs flight. People have fought revolutions over it and have run away from the oppression, even risking their lives. Lovers of freedom desire more exchange and discussion of important matters because more information means better decisions.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” saith the . “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."The idea of reasoning together is ancient wisdom. That is what should happen in courts of law. Across our nation, we are giving in to people and giving power to people who do not understand the value of freedom of speech and how it impacts the use of reason and logic in serving to resolve disputes between people. We should be talking about this because it is impacting all our freedom. The tendency toward empowering oppressive and dictatorial judges in the third branch of our government is fanning out to all who are supposed to be serving us. I have heard older citizens complain about the current attitudes of government workers. The idea that government is to serve the people and that the people who make a living working for the people should realize that when they are at work, they are truly public servants, is being replaced by attitudes of superiority and entitlement. These trends start at the top of the pecking order and "trickle down," and fan out to the person on the front line or the customer window. It fans out to the career government bureaucrat who finds joy in harassing regular citizens.
Giving people, who are intolerant of the views of others, and who have a need and desire to maintain their own feeling of control over others, power over the speech and therefore the freedom of other citizens undermines the freedom of us all.
"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously wrote that the answer to objectionable speech “is more speech, not enforced silence.” This seems a most reasonable proposition. If you are offended by someone’s position, you can counter it with your own arguments and expose their error for the world to see and reject. It is a concept that has served our Republic well in the fight for liberty and freedom." - Mario DiazWhere are we headed as a people if we lose our love of freedom? There are people who speak about freedom who don't really love it. They talk about loving the constitution and how they feel shortchanged when in reality, when they are given power over others, they will use it to exert their will and their ideology. I once knew a man who I used to say was the most legalistic anarchist I had ever seen. He desired anarchy and a tribal culture to come into play afterwards because he believed he was inherently superior to others and believed he would "naturally" rise to be a leader because of the need of the "average" person to be led. His name is Dean West and this blog was created in part because he sought to silence me and deny me my first amendment rights. This blog was created to say to him, "You cannot silence me and you will not silence me." He didn't want me warning people about his history of abusing women and children. The only real power that man had was the power I gave him, and the power other people he was able to convince gave him.
Recently I have been exposed to oppressive people, whose deeds show a disregard for the first amendment and a true lack of understanding of it, and an aversion to using reason and logic, because it undermines the power and control needs of those persons. There are people on this planet who, when they see a strong spirit, feel threatened and have a need from within themselves to beat that spirit down. When such people have real power over the lives of others, the people on the receiving end are left feeling powerless, and can even be broken down and left powerless in fact. That feeling of powerlessness can lead to self-destructive decisions in some victims because the self-esteem is undermined, because the person doesn't realize that it isn't them, it is the person who is abusing them with their oppressive power! Oppressors do not have a consistent and across the board appreciation for the autonomy and dignity and rights of other people under the constitution. Those rights are only for those they deem deserving, not for all. They do not really believe all men are created equal.
As sophisticated and as civilized as we think we are in America, we are not immune from or rid of those with the primal drive to dominate others, learning how to use our more "civil" society's means to achieve that primitive end. And the feeling welling up in the gut of the true patriot, the true lover of freedom, and the tendency to fight that domination off, is subdued and repressed when we give the oppressor legal authority and real power to beat other people who don't agree with them down.
And the acts of the oppressor can break the spirits of the subdued, causing them real harm, inflicting real pain, and deny them their ability to pursue their life, liberty and happiness. Sadly, the oppressive/dictatorial/abusive person, also usually has a lack of conscience to go with it, and a sadistic satisfaction in seeing other people crushed and their spirits broken. Think, for if you have experienced such a person, you have likely seen that look on their face when they were letting you know you had no power to keep them from hurting you. Think.
As sophisticated and as "modern" as we think we can be and are, we cannot change human nature. Good people with consciences can only ever try to rise above it. When those who recognize this are in a majority in our legislatures, we protect and pass laws to control the oppressors and therefore protect us all and all of our freedom. Without our freedom of speech and therefore our freedom to reason together, we will be, not may be, subjugated by those who seek to dominate and control.
How this applies to Geauga County, Ohio, where I live: Sometimes the caged bird singing is a child removed from their family because the oppressors, who may claim to love the constitution, don't have respect for families that aren't perfect or who don't fit their view of what a family should look like. Where in the constitution does it say that people's choices to pursue happiness have to fit someone else's mold? Or where does it say only perfect appearing people have the right to love and be loved by family? Geauga County has more need for foster care because of an actual, tangible lack of regard for other people's families and the sacrifices they have made, even if they are not perfect, and it seems that GCJFS' director, Mr Swenson (link), did not have the courage to say outright what he alluded to (lawyerly double speak?), that they are putting kids in foster care who shouldn't be there! Here is the response from the Judge's liason/press secretary, Kim Laurie, as to why kids are being placed as they are. I agree that it is not all the judge. GCJFS has a history of mistreating extended family of children and parents they are supposed to be serving. And, Mr. Swenson is a former attorney for the prosecutor's office in the Family Division. How has he come to run a social service agency? Is it politics? The controversy over Gov. Kasich's appointment for judge in 2011 doesn't seem to end in Geauga County
I am a real lover of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. The Ohio law requiring family placement first was put in place by people who do recognize the constitutional ramifications of removing children from their families. What is happening in my county is a form of Social Darwinism our society has sacrificed to rid itself of! How ironic that so-called pro-family conservatives and some who claim to love the constitution are engaging in this trend which smacks with a fist the idea of justice for all. Some of them claim to yearn for the days of the founding fathers, the days when only white, male property owners had the right to vote.
There are broader issues the trend in our family/juvenile courts impact and are a result of. There is the underlying lack of regard for constitutional rights and the fact that lawyers give theirs up to become officers of the court. There is the monarchical folly that is our third branch. It needs to be dismantled as it is. The skeleton can stay, and some of the organs, like the heart, which would be the idea of justice for all. The notion that the legal cult is a separate class of people, who are not accountable like the regular folk needs to go! I could go on and on but I won't. Number one in my life is my family. I would say that is true for most people, no matter who they call family. Are there enough non-brainwashed legal cult members to even get these ideas of freedom? Or, are there enough with the will to change it? I am not the first person to realize these things about our third branch.
Sources for information on the negative impact of removing children from their families:
pdfs/Toolkits_Monographs_ Guidebooks/parenting/ Factsheet_4_Resulting_Trauma. pdf
The views expressed here are my opinions, as all the views expressed on this blog are my opinions. Two of my ancestors fought for our freedom from tyranny in the American Revolutionary War, Richard Tennant and John Boone. I love the First Amendment and freedom, love to the very core of my being.
A favorite quote: "We ask the wrong questions when we give people power. The question may not be "is she extremely smart." The question may not be "does he share my values." The question is "does this person view power over other lives as an entitlement, or as a tool to be used with the gravest concern and reluctance?" The question may be, "does this person have the strength of character to exercise power sparingly, the self-discipline to keep his or her basest instincts in check while wielding huge power over people's lives?" - Ken White, Popehat