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Stephanie C. Fox

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Fight Attempts to Weaponize Freedom of Speech

Taking down statues that commemorate the Confederate past has served as the latest excuse for race and hate riots in the Untied States of America.

Heather Heyer, a white liberal woman, was run over by an Amerikkkan Nazi this weekend, and killed.

This is domestic terrorism, not an exercise of any right in the U.S. Constitution, nor of any American value.

Donald Trump, our travesty of a president, took 2 days to condemn what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, and then did so with reluctance.

He’s not finished being reluctant. Herr #Pumpkingropenfuhrer continues to earn this moniker as he points out that the alt-right, Tiki-torch-carrying mob of Nazis had a permit for their riot…er, rally…while the counter-protesters did not.

It is a despicable, vile, disgusting sight to see straight-armed salutes being made in the present.

Those are supposed to be so last world war, not anything that is accepted in today’s world.

But we have to fight hate all over again.

As Stephen Colbert commented, “those Nazis always do their paperwork.”

So what?! Having a permit to hold what one presents as a rally for freedom of speech yet is actually a race riot does not make it okay.

All that does is document it as a legalized crime in progress.

Perhaps that’s why the police just stood there, monitoring rather than taking any action to stop it.

I hope that those idiots are all identified from photographs and videos with ruthless efficiency on social media, that they get tweeted about and otherwise fully exposed, and fired from whatever access to economic resources they had before the race riot that was perpetrated in Charlottesville.

They are losers who actually believe that they should have the right of first refusal on everything that America has to offer, earned or not, deserved or not, just because they are Caucasian.

Every race, ethnicity, and religion, each gender, each sexual orientation, has hard workers, geniuses, and good people…and lazy ones, dunces, and monsters…and some in between on the scale of motivation and intelligence. Each one also has bystanders who do nothing while bad things happen. Each one has people who help, who fight for what is right, and who get killed doing so, like Heather Heyer.

This is what the Amerikkkan Nazis have to say about her. I won’t click on their site to see more, nor give it any advertising revenue via a “hit” (click).

There is no pretending that this was not a hate crime.

The Nazis aren’t even attempting to pretend.

This guy is a misogynist, and so are his followers/readers.

He is outraged by mixed-race matings, yet for repelling women of his own, he has definitely nailed it:

What’s next, saying that a god or a religion wants the world to be as the alt-right would like it to be?!

Atheism is looking more attractive the more one considers this.

Are we going to forget the shameful parts of our history in efforts to erase them? I think not.

What would I do? Keep the statues, change the plaques that go with them to show what’s shameful about their subjects, and put up corresponding other statues of heroes that are not reminders of shame.

Who could we have statues of? Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, to name a few.

We probably already have such statues, but not in places of prominence at major universities.

Charlottesville, Virginia is where the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson, is.

Thomas Jefferson was a Founder of this nation, the main author of the Declaration of Independence, and a slaveholder.

James Madison and James Monroe were slaveholders, too.

So was George Washington, but he has the distinction of being the only one of the slaveholder Founders to free his slaves in his will.

Trump asked when this stops.

Really?! It stops when we get a better president, when legalized crimes and hate speech are called what they are, and when populism is recognized for what it is: fascism.

Freedom of speech is not to be weaponized. It is to be guarded with every weapon we have at our disposal, including, but not limited to, sarcasm, comedy, erudition, wit, and determination.

I would like to see every comedian be happy to focus their energies on this rather than on inanity, and fortunately, Stephen Colbert is.

Last night, he interviewed The Mooch – former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.

It was a fun one to watch. Stephen Colbert kept control of the interview, wasn’t mean, and The Mooch seemed to enjoy being there. It was interesting to see a wealthy, toilet-tongued hedge fundster interact with a fun and on-point comedian, and then come away in a good mood. (That good mood was shown on the local news, after Scaramucci came out of the Ed Sullivan Theater.)

Stephen Colbert said something to Trump that is worth repeating: “The opposite of alt-right is not alt-left. It’s ‘not-Nazis’!”

When Trump asked where does this statue removal business stop, Colbert continued, “Spoken like a guy who’s suspiciously worried that racist guys don’t get statues anymore.” We all know how much Trump loves self-aggrandizing publicity. Trump marquees on buildings around the nation attest to this with glaring obviousness.

Trump is as insecure and publicity-loving as Adolph Hitler.

James Corden, the British comedian who does The Late Late Show, would prefer not to focus on political events. He cannot avoid it, however.

(If you’re reading this, James Corden, I love watching your show, and I love that beautiful, elegant red tie you wear that has a golden honeybee on it. Of course I love that tie – I’m the author of a book entitled The Bear Guarding the Beehive, about honeybee colony collapse disorder, and the law, science, and politics that affect it.)

James Corden now routinely heaves a huge sigh when it is time to review political events in his opening monologue. He complains that he does not want to do this, but that Trump, his crew, and other who spread hate are making him do it. Then he does it. I’m glad he does, and I know he does it because he cares about the direction that the world is going in, and that he has no use for hatefulness.

Trump saying that there is blame on both sides is true. The perpetrators committed a heinous act, and the resistance resisted.

What all this shows is that the world is in a state of flux and increasing chaos.

It’s a resource war.

We have terrorists in the Untied States of America, and we have always had them.

The last thing we should ever do is make them feel at ease with expressing themselves.

Google and GoDaddy have dropped The Daily Stormer from their servers, citing conflicts with their community standards.

Google, GoDaddy Drop Neo-Nazi Group’s Domain Registration

They are under no obligation to host an American Nazi publication. Yes, this is blatant censorship against hate.

Freedom of speech is not guaranteed by privately owned entities.

Fortunately, few such entities are controlled by haters.

Meanwhile, we see Trump asking for the names of people who comprise the resistance against him and his ilk:

US government demands details on all visitors to anti-Trump protest website

This is the latest fascist effort at creating a police surveillance state that hunts down and attacks resistance.

The Untied States of America is not the only place on this planet that is experiencing this.

Just look for places that are experiencing human overpopulation – INCLUDING the Untied States of America.

We know we’re overpopulated when the haters are reproducing themselves and their intellectual sewage with reckless abandon.

Trump is a national disgrace and an international embarrassment.

Trump can’t claim that the reports out of Charlottesville, Virginia and the murder of Heather Heyer are fake news.

Alex Jones and other purveyors of nonsense and conspiracy theories will soon spew out some such nonsense, though – count on it.

Don’t watch or listen. We all have better things to do.

Trump loves to bash CNN and other news agencies, but even he is realizing that it doesn’t sell.

He just deleted a tweet with a train running over a CNN reporter. Too late – too slow! The nation saw it and retweeted his tweet first.

After Charlottesville, Trump retweets — then deletes — image of train running over CNN reporter

This is a disgrace, and it’s going to get worse. How much worse depends on how much emotion and how much intelligence people engage.

We have a divisive disaster in the White House, and as much as he claims not to want the support of the alt-right, he has it.

No wonder President Barack Obama’s staff looked so angry as Trump arrived after the election to talk about the mechanics of being president.

They knew what how he would operate once in office: as monstrously and as unethically as possible.

It’s backlash, as comic Dave Chappelle explained in the Saturday Night Live skit that depicted people watching the election last November. It’s a political swing-back.

I was not surprised that we didn’t get Hillary Rodham Clinton for our president, despite the fact that she won the popular vote. I was just too suspicious of political outcomes. Something was wrong, and although I didn’t know what the problem was (gerrymandering, Cambridge Analytica, etc.), I suspected that  we couldn’t possibly have 12 years of progressive, liberal, inclusive, globalist, feminist, environmentalist politics. Nothing that good could last.

The world is in trouble with human overpopulation, which is driving ecosystems collapse and economic collapse every which way we look.

Resources are strained, which is leading to evil attitudes and behavior. Haters claim entitlement to resources and respond with bullying glee when theft of a democracy has any success. We’ve seen the outcome of that behavior before, though. It may take a while to get there, but it won’t be pretty for them when it does.

Just keep resisting them.

Tonight, I’m watching Lin-Manuel Miranda guest star on James Corden’s show.

I loved reading Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, I love the soundtrack of the rap musical Hamilton, and I loved learning about this wonderful Founder and taking in well-researched refutations of every effort to malign him. Alexander Hamilton did not own any slaves. He set up the U.S. Department of the Treasury, which we need to in order to function as a nation. He was the primary author of The Federalist Papers, which served as the original repeal and replace document, advocating that the Articles of Confederation be replaced with the U.S. Constitution.

Statue of Alexander Hamilton at the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C.

As he lay dying, Alexander Hamilton said, “If they break this union, they will break my heart.”

Alexander Hamilton – Portrait by John Trumbull

He had no use for populism, only research, writing, logic, and what was good for the long-term health of the nation.

He definitely loved this nation.

I love that guy.

While I’m at it, I shall say that I love Mark Twain, too. He too loved this nation, and never hesitated to criticize haters or governmental idiocy.

So fight attempts to weaponize freedom of speech in any way you can. It’s worth it to live free from fear.

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