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Shut Up or I’ll Kill You
PJ Media, by Michael Ledeen

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 2/22/2013 10:08:34 AM

We’re a fractious people, always have been, and our politics have been especially colorful. I’m a nearly lifelong fan of John C. Calhoun’s line about Henry Clay: “Like a mackerel by moonlight, he shines and stinks …”. Our political candidates have been mocked for their love affairs, their wooden legs, their false teeth, and their drinking habits. It’s not elegant, but rude, insulting talk is one of the products of free speech. It’s worth reminding ourselves that free speech around the world is still a rarity, and seems to be becoming even rarer. Lots of countries have

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 2/22/2013 10:39:53 AM     (No. 9190666)

The Ministry of Truth is charged with both the suppression of alternative narratives and the propagation of the official narrative.

Only the rubes in fly-over-ville still embrace the quaint fiction of ´actual truth´.

Our march into the future under the loving guidance of Val-Jar and Barky´s Traveling Salvation Show is much too important to be hindered by the bitter clingers.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zeldafitzg, 2/22/2013 10:56:56 AM     (No. 9190717)

I like what he says, as well as his writing style.

Must make one correction: The "mackerel by moonlight" comparison was made by Sen. John Randolph of Virginia, whose trademarks were razor-sharp wit and colorful insults. This particular insult was directed at Edward Livingston, one of his many political enemies.

Randolph was known for taking his hunting dogs with him onto the floor of the Senate, and for sometimes coming in with whip and spurs.

I also am an admirer of the "mackerel by moonlight" insult, and, in my most cynical moments, of Randolph himself.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 2/22/2013 11:03:26 AM     (No. 9190732)

FTA: "creativity requires trial and error; it needs open criticism, it relishes the destruction of bad ideas. Free societies are so much more productive and creative than the others in large part because of open debate, just as scientific discovery demands testing all manner of hypotheses. Once you lose the habits of the free mind, it extends to all areas of endeavor. Stifling free speech crushes creativity in all areas of life."

Memorize that part. Excellent article!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rolfnader, 2/22/2013 11:19:52 AM     (No. 9190767)

Agree #3- Especially the part that speaks to those of us who are proud global warming ´deniers´.

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