Editor’s note: The following letter is in response to the letter “Nielsen Responds To Tom Euell” by Richard Nielsen published Sept. 22.
No, Mr. Nielsen, the progressives not having a permit is precisely the point. We are a country of laws. So, you agree with the Muslims who rioted and caused destruction at Columbia University, paid for with taxpayer’s money, to keep Alan Dershowitz from speaking? A clear violation of the First Amendment. “Every American has the right to defend against the petition (freedom of speech), of those other Americans who were there with an agenda.” So, in your convoluted thinking, we should decide whether someone should speak if we find it repulsive. You really don’t understand the amendment, do you?
The police don’t show up to listen to the demonstrators. They come to protect them, regardless of their reasons for being there, from sanctimonious, self-appointed speech police like you and all left-wing nuts.
I believe the mayor of Charlottesville (an ultra-liberal Democrat) gave the Nazis, KKK, etc. permits, and then pulled the police out knowing what was coming, and wanted that melee. That was for low-information, pseudo intellectuals like you and Mr. Rosen. Quoting a couple of Latin sayings doesn’t mean you understand our Constitution. That’s obvious.
So, Mr. Nielsen, who do we side with at Columbia University, the Muslims, who we all know are peace loving all over the world, or put police there so people who want to can hear Dershowitz speak. Please enlighten us with your self-righteousness, know-it-all advice.
And to give Robert Byrd a pass, a senator for years who was an active member of the KKK, a terrorist organization that lynched blacks, burned their churches and homes, and people like you and Mr. Rosen see nothing wrong.
Both of you have the gall to attack Mr. Trump for a few words. Please don’t get me started on Mr. Obama, who attended Rev. Wright’s church for 20 years. Rev. Wright, who said, and I quote, “God damn America.”
About my Social Security check, I will gladly send it back to the government, if they return to me my 58 years of payments to them with compounded interest. Can you imagine how much I would have if that money was invested? Oh, and they take it again from your first check, even though it was taxed when the payments were sent to them. Like all socialist programs, it’s broke and on the verge of bankruptcy. And that applies to Medicare.
So get off your condescending high horse, and stop dictating why everyone is wrong except you.
As for Mr. Rosen, I saw firsthand the Jim Crow laws while in North Carolina in the mid-1960s. I saw the signs, “whites only” and “colored only.” I found it abhorrent and went into the “colored only” stores just to show I saw no difference between the two.
And I would love for you to point out the exceptions to the First Amendment, other than the obvious shouting fire in a crowded room or soliciting the overthrow of the U.S. government.
Please tell me how you know, sitting in your living room in Wellington, that there were no descendants of confederate soldiers there. Oh, I’m sorry, Mr. Rosen, you’re another pompous, left-wing, politically-correct zealot like your friend, Mr. Nielsen.
How about when the Muslims get violent to explain Israel’s situation. Do we beat them down with clubs? You tell me. There’s a lot more Muslims around than Nazis.
My answer is the same, as it always is: a strong police presence. And see to it that Alan Dershowitz or anyone else express their feelings or opinion in a public setting.
We are a country of laws. If you don’t like the laws, change them or add amendments. And get over President Trump’s remarks. He’s still an American and has free speech. I wish you would cherry pick everything President Obama said.
And let’s be honest for a change. You don’t like anything Mr. Trump says, end of story.
Thomas Euell, Wellington