Not so very long ago, there was a species of human screech owl. No, it’s true! I remember them vividly. The champion specimen of the species resided on a ditchbank near Crawford, Texas. The call of this creature was never pretty, and yet, the media broadcast it incessantly. Over a number of months, the human screech owl stopped just hitting notes that were sour, and began defecating on everyone that once praised it. And thus the media turned their backs on Cindy Sheehan, and the rest of the anti-war movement soon evaporated into the ether.
Actually, it didn’t. The committed elements of the anti-war movement are still there, but they happen to be an embarrassment to the newer, drone-happy President we’ve had in recent years. The media, in their role as gatekeepers, simply decided the anti-war movement was no longer palatable to the broader cause, and the shunning commenced. The sad fact of the matter is that when you own a large enough soapbox, the voices you project from it shapes the culture that receives the messages, for better or for worse.
Today, I received a reminder of how those messages are shaped not only by what is said, but by what is censored.
Like many, I comment on new stories from time to time, and left several comments in Washington Post article about the revival of the Senate gun control bills Harry Reid saved and withdrew for future consideration.
In doing this, I made a mistake. I committed heresy.
No, I did not use profanity. Nor did I resort to name-calling or threats. I instead pointed out a history and set of facts that the censors of the Washington Post would rather wash away.
I noted that the recorded history of humanity shows a recurring battle between the power, corruption, and coercion of government, with the will of individuals to demand their sacred liberty. I pointed out that a corrupt government always has the power to make their constriction of rights and liberties “legal,” even as these “legal” acts are immoral, ignoble, and unconstitutional.
I also dared point out the the fact that the first American Revolution was fought because government attempted gun control to subjugate the people, and colonial British refused to see that liberty taken from them at Lexington and Concord, and began an incredible struggle against impossible odds to seize their liberty. These Founders built a new nation based in a revolution in the hearts of men, a revolution of spirit that was never supposed to end.
Alas, this was too much. This heresy of thought—containing no profanity, degradation, or threats—was deemed too offensive to remain in the comments of the Washington Post, and is so no more.
You see, in the end, the gatekeeper that would allow you to access some news that they cultivate and shape are even more effective when they can prevent a free people from expressing truly dangerous ideas.
A Patriot who became our Second President said something that must terrify those now in power:
“The Revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations. This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people, was the real American Revolution.” –John Adams, 1818
Those who would censor us today have spent a generation attempting to rob us of that American birthright, that right of freedom and right of revolution that should burn brightly in the heart of every American. They cannot seize that from you, but they will do everything in their power to convince you it doesn’t exist, including denying you the thought such rights exist at all.