Freedom of speech stops when the violence begins.

 

“Most poignantly though, this is a moment of reckoning for that cohort of liberals who choose to sit on the moral fence, looking down their noses at both left and right. That navel-gazing legion that prides itself for defending the free speech rights of Neo Nazis and equates the “regressive left” with the alt right. That hypocritical, cowardly, egocentric nonsense will no longer stand.”

Khwaja Khusro Tariq

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/charlottesville-is-a-moment-of-reckoning-especially_us_598f9624e4b0caa1687a60b5

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/khwaja-kusro-tariq

After reading this article around five o’clock this morning, I could not resist commenting on this paragraph.

David and I are fence sitters, but we are not liberals; we are hybrids. More than one philosophy influences our ideas. Because of this I do not believe that Mr. Tariq is directing his hate filled intolerance in our direction. It is a bit disconcerting that Mr. Tariq is training to be a psychoanalyst. However, considering his background, it is understandable why he is afraid of the white supremacist ideology that the President, based on his comments about Charlottesville, appears to tolerate.

Once again I find myself in the unenviable position of agreeing with a comment made by the President. During his Charlottesville speech he said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.”.

I am sure that elements of both sides of the confrontation were itching for a fight. Criticizing the President for believing the problem to be multifaceted is an easy solution to a complex problem.

On the other hand, when individuals used vehicles to mow down pedestrians in France and England the President was quick to condemn the perpetrators and label them terrorists, attack the belief system that influenced them and probably made sure that their spiritual leaders were on our drone hit list.

Based on the President’s reaction to the above atrocities, if the alleged perpetrator of the Charlottesville vehicular attack was influenced by the beliefs espoused by White Nationalist groups, both he and any group that advocates these beliefs should be labeled terrorists, American terrorists. As for their spiritual head, unfortunately he controls our drones.

I empathize with Mr. Tariq’s fear.

Con – 13 Aug 2017

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