Fed Up!

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.  

“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.


©2011 Alden L Benton/Independence Creek Enterprises
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One response to “Fed Up!

  1. Veterans Day may be the most overlooked holiday, the one that is taken for granted most and appreciated least. It’s so easy to say of our fellow citizens who serve in the military that they are “the best and the brightest” and just as easy to make it hollow praise.
    As a note of perspective, radio show host Dennis Prager likes to say (paraphrasing): The Marine Corps has done more for peace than the Peace Corps, and far more than all the peace activists ever have.
    Too many Americans are too indifferent about our veterans and their importance in our lives, our culture, and the essence of our liberty. Unless one’s own family actually has a veteran, present or past, the whole concept is all too often viewed as irrelevent, and the veterans viewed as somehow remote and separate from us. The truth is that our veterans are a crucial part of our American culture — something many Americans have trouble identifying or even believing exists.
    A good start is the flag. Holiday or just normal day, take a few moments to note why it is far more than “just a symbol” — it’s the beginning of understanding and appreciating America, as well as its veterans (as real people who deserve credit and thanks).
    Here’s what the flag is in a nutshell:
    The flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.
    So, hey, every chance you get, take heed of the flag and what it stands for — and show some sort of appreciation for a veteran you may encounter. Good things are bound to happen.

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