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People can wrap themselves inside the Constitution, spew anything they choose to say, stick their tongue out in your face and declare you can't do anything about what they said. They have Freedom of Speech. Right? Yes! However, Freedom of Speech, comes married to the responsibility for ones own actions. If you say it, write it or draw it, be ready to defend it. Cower in silence, you abdicate your freedom and allow the bullies and censurers to win.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Is Conservative Talk Dangerous Talk?

 Before I begin, yes, I will admit there are extremists on any side of an argument, debate or belief.  It is up to us to civilly cancel out their voices and bring to the forefront calm, logical debate that creates answers.  That said, it's has been more than a week since the Tuscan, Arizona deadly shooting by an "alleged" deranged gunman named Jared Loughner.  Yet today, after definitive proof that he held no conservative or "right-wing" views, nor that he ever listened to conservative talk or news, the left still continues to hammer home the false view of Mr. Loughner's connection to conservative talk.

 One of the results of this false rhetoric is that one of the victims has made death threats against a Tea Party leader during the current taping of ABC's "This Week" with Christiane Amanpour.  James Eric Fuller, 63, a retired Navy veteran was shot in the back and knee last week that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford (D-AZ) fighting for her life, wounding 14, and killing 6, which included U.S. District Judge John Roll, Gifford's Congressional Aide Gabriel Zimmerman and 9 year old Christina Taylor Green.  Mr. Fuller was invited to the ABC event that had Arizona Representative Terri Proud and Tuscan Tea Party leader Trent Humphries discussing the prior week event.  Representative Proud was attempting to clarify a statement made on that deadly Saturday about gun control, when Mr. Humphries suggested that they postpone any discussion of gun control until the  last of the shooting rampage was laid to rest.  It was at this point that Mr. Fuller arose and spoke directly to Mr. Humphries declaring "You're dead!".  Security and police immediately moved in to arrest and escort Mr. Fuller out, when he added a final parting shot of "You're all whores!". 

Yes, I used the phrase "parting shot".  It is not an inflammatory phrase created to incite violence, but a metaphor to  create a mental picture with words to describe the heat of the moment.  But, do you think this has an iota of meaning to the progressive left, which wants to foist the sins of a Democratic party that created the KKK, segregation and shredding of our Constitutional liberties upon this shoulders of the Conservative movement?  I think not.

Point in case, why did ABC invite Mr. Fuller, when he was known to have a temper prone to potentially violent outbursts?  Say what?  On that deadly Saturday, prior to the shooting, the Naval veteran got into a very heated incident with a Marine, causing Gabrielle Zimmerman, who would later be shot and killed by Loughner, to intervene and separate the two individuals.  But, what disturbs me even more, beyond the lack of Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik's duplicitous comments about the incident and shooter or his lack of concern to evidence of the irrational behavior by Loughner beforehand, is the continued lack of public safety by this elected sheriff in the matter of Mr. Fuller.  By all news accounts as of the writing of this blog, Mr. Fuller was arrested on Disorderly Conduct and Threat Charges, then escorted to a hospital for a mental evaluation with the hospital deciding as to the release of Mr. Fuller.

What? Release Fuller, where he could pose an equally dangerous threat to public safety?  No holding him pending further investigation or charges?  Has Sheriff Dupnik learned nothing from the shooting?  Where is the outcry from the left concerning the actions of Fuller and his threat to any future Democratic event?  Instead, in today's paper there is a McClathy-Tribune editorial by Linda P. Campbell, wherein she writes: "But we need to look beyond debates about what speech is tolerable to what kind of society is tolerable and what any of us can do to achieve it."  She further goes on to rail against guns.

So, the answer from the left is "The Tea Baggers are to blame for the violence, therefore we must restrict their free speech and take away their guns."  Be afraid, be very, very afraid.  They will not be happy until they succeed in crushing the conservative movement, take away your guns, GOD and gut your freedoms.  Thankfully, we have started a peaceful momentum that will be the basis to strengthen and repel these attacks to the Constitution.  So, "let's Keep On Trucking!"

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