Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the noun “hate” as “Intense
hostility and aversion.” It defines the verb “hate” as “To express or
feel extreme enmity.” The noun “speech” is defined as “The act of
speaking.” Wikipedia’s definition of “hate speech” includes this: “In
law, hate speech is any speech, gesture or conduct, writing, or display
which is forbidden because it may incite violence or prejudicial action
against or by a protected individual or group, or because it disparages
or intimidates a protected individual or group.”
course, the Bible says in 1 John 3:15, “Anyone who hates his brother is
a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.”
According to Matthew 5:44, Jesus said, “But I tell you: Love your
enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
many liberal commentators and college and university administrators
talk about hate speech and hate crimes. The news media recently
reported that there was a “hate speech crime” perpetrated by some
individuals in the “Tea Party” movement at a rally on Capitol Hill
against Obamacare. This hate speech crime was supposedly aimed at
Congressman John Lewis as he and other members of the Black
Congressional Caucus declined to travel from their Congressional offices
on the underground railroad, which they normally use to go to the halls
of Congress, and decided instead to walk directly through the Tea Party
demonstration. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. was part of the party
that decided to walk through the crowd and as they proceeded along he
filmed the crowd on his video camera. In addition, the national news
media filmed the group and the demonstrators as they proceeded along.
Apparently, the Black Congressmen (whose offices are located in three
different office buildings) decided to get together and walk through the
crowd after alerting the news media of their intent. Initially,
Congressman Lewis complained that someone had spit on him. As he later
admitted, he wasn’t spat upon, but when someone shouted some spittle
landed on him. That was indeed unfortunate. However, he said that
someone had uttered a racial slur against him as he proceeded along.
Apparently that was the reason for the unusual procession across Capitol
Hill, to stir up animosity and provoke an incident.
only catch is that not one video camera (including the one held by
Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.) provided any evidence of such an
incident. Nevertheless, the report of such an incident was treated as
fact by the media.
Prior to this, Speaker of
the House Nancy Pelosi called the Tea Party demonstrators “NAZIs,” and
others called them racists and identified them with the Klu Klux Klan.
is a terrible thing to call someone a name that belittles them or
ridicules them. As it turns out, my wife, Kathi, and I, along with some
friends, attended the giant rally on the Saturday prior to the vote on
Obamacare. It was a huge crowd of more than 40,000 that assembled with
less than a week’s notice. Of course, its size went completely
unreported by the main stream media. It was a beautiful day with a
bright blue sky and very mild temperatures. I remarked to Kathi at the
time that the crowd was most unique in that it combined great concern
with a pleasant and good natured attitude. Also unremarked by the media
was the fact that it included old and young, black and white, Asian and
Hispanic in the audience, all getting along together.
can assure you that had there been any evidence whatsoever of racism,
Kathi and I would have departed immediately. We have zero tolerance for
any form of racism. There was none.
as it is a terrible, hateful thing to call someone by a racial slur, it
is an equally evil, hateful thing to falsely call someone a racist. In
the vernacular of the day, both are hate speech.
ago as a squad leader in Basic Training in the Army, I was the target
of such hate speech. When you are in Basic Training petty theft is a
very common occurrence. Accordingly, I was required to assign members
of my squad to guard duty through the night. Everyone pulled such duty
and although no one liked missing valuable sleep, they did it. My squad
was of mixed race, both black and white. One night I woke up to find a
black member of my squad assigned to guard duty asleep on his bunk. I
knew that if anyone else found him, we would all be outside doing
pushups. I was angry. I yelled at him and probably called him a couple
of names, but I certainly did not use any racist term. However, the
next morning he went to the drill sergeant in charge of our squad and
accused me of using a racist slur. I simply told the sergeant (who also
was black) the truth, it didn’t happen. To his credit he told the
private in my squad to forget about it.
couple of years prior to that, before entering the Army, I interviewed
with Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was about to graduate
from college with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and I had listed
on my resume the fact that I had served as State Chairman of Youth for
Goldwater-Miller. I thought it might show that I had some leadership
ability and was willing to take initiative. The fellow who interviewed
me clearly implied that since I had supported Goldwater for President, I
must be a racist. I was shocked.
other words, just because I realize that limited government is
essential to the preservation of individual freedom and that the
Constitution was to be followed, I was a racist?
slick liberals are in spinning history to fit their distorted view of
reality! Let’s start with Hitler and the NAZI Party was right wing.
Never mind that those on the right believe in limited government and
maximum freedom and Hitler and the NAZI Party believe in government
control of all means of production and minimum freedom. Never mind that
one of the earliest supporters of Hitler was the well known American
liberal columnist, Walter Lipmann. Never mind that NAZI stands for
National Socialist Party. It is, of course, untrue. NAZIs and
Communists are just different wings of the same leftist movement. While
the NAZIs believed in control of the means of production, the
Communists believed in ownership of the means of production. Both are
clearly, by definition, on the far left.
when Ronald Reagan defeated the Soviet Union “without firing a shot,”
as Prime Minister of England, Margaret Thatcher put it, the liberal news
media immediately started identifying the hard left in Russia as the
conservatives! More smear and distortion.
liberal news media tells the biggest whopper when it smears
conservatives and Republicans as the party of racists, bigots, and
segregationists. No it was the Democrats who were the racists. It was
the Democrats who were the party of Bull Connor, George Wallace, Orval
Faubus, William Fulbright, and KKK member, Robert Byrd. That’s their
long, long heritage.
I can’t stand racism in any form. It should never be tolerated.
I denounce those who decline to discuss the issues, but instead attack
the character of their opponents by falsely calling them racists and
homophobes. Shame on you! Is your faith in your arguments so weak and
your fear and anger so great that you are incapable of simply discussing
and promoting your case in the public forum and letting the American
people decide the outcome at the ballot box on the basis of the facts?
Enough! Be gone with you.