By Alden L. Benton
Yesterday was Veterans Day, the day we honor all who serve in the United States military. It is also the day we honor those who have served in both war and peace, and those who gave their lives so that we may continue to enjoy the blessings of liberty.
Bill Rowland, one of my friends, and loyal follower of this blog, sent me this simple reminder of what our military men and women actually do for us every day they serve.
It’s the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us the freedom of the press.
It’s the Soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us the freedom of speech.
It’s the Soldier, not the politicians
That ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It’s the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag.
Apparently, the freedoms that our service men and women have fought and died for mean nothing to United States District Court Judge James Ware.
Fox News reported last Thursday that Judge Ware ruled that a California high school can ban shirts featuring the American flag.
In the case, two California high school students were sent home for wearing
t-shirts bearing the American flag during the Mexican holiday Cinco de Mayo (Fox News).
According to the report, “The judge determined that the Morgan Hill Unified School District did not violate the First Amendment and said that concerns by school officials over possible violence justified censoring the pro-American message.”
This is a blatant, politically correct attack on the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech cloaked in the fear of POTENTIAL harm.
No threats, no attacks, just FEAR of POTENTIAL violence.
The First Amendment is crystal clear:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Indeed, there are limits on speech. However, in a landmark First Amendment case (Near v. Minnesota 283 U.S. 697 (1931)), the U. S. Supreme Court established the principle of prior restraint versus subsequent punishment.
In essence, the Court said that the government cannot keep me from saying or publishing something objectionable or libelous, but it can hold me responsible for it AFTERWARD.
The political left lives in constant fear. They fear someone may be offended. They fear the T.E.A. Party. They fear conservatives. They fear American values. They fear, though they actively promote, class warfare and violence.
Fear leads to oppression. This is the essence of political correctness.
As Scottish comedian Billy Connolly once said, “Political correctness is the language of cowardice.”
The “leaders” of Morgan Hill Unified School District and Live Oak High School are cowards. They are fearful that our flag will upset the Mexicans on
“Their” day my patoot.
I find it offensive that the public employee union hacks who run our tax-supported schools find it necessary to coddle those who refuse to integrate into AMERICAN society for fear of violence.
Fear leads to oppression. They fear violence, so they suppress a basic civil right.
Judge Ware is wrong. The Morgan Hill USD is wrong.
Judge Ware has not only suspended basic First Amendment rights by judicial fiat, he has allowed government to act on fear, not events.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Are we to hide our flag and the principles for which it stands for fear of offending someone?
I think not, for as Thomas Paine said:
“He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”
To do otherwise is a dangerous course; a course that will lead only to tyranny.
While our soldiers, sailors, airmen,and marines protect us from our enemies abroad, we must be ever vigilant to guard against the enemies of liberty at home on the bench, in the school yard, or in the White House.
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