DRAFT: Free Speech is not Always Pretty

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<p>I want to start off with a joke.&#160; Not my joke, of course.&#160; Ron White's joke, he is much funnier than I:</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p><a href="http://youtu.be/voxu0eGjKFo">Ron" target="_blank">White talking about Osama Bin Laden</a></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>At the end he says "comedy's not always pretty."&#160; Keep in mind this monologue included licking buttcrack, grape jelly and a convict named thunder dick.&#160; Why did I bring this up?&#160; Well, Ryan wrote an article entitled "Why the Founders of America would have supported banning Stone-Eater, Jeff Michka, James Travil, and Opher Goodwin from WB."&#160; He thinks Autumn should ban those individuals from WB.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;This article shocked me.&#160; Why on earth would an author here want to ban anyone?&#160; This is Autumn's site, she makes the rules for us to follow.&#160; For the most part she let's us have at it.&#160; She requires that everyone comment on other people's work and reminds us to do so.&#160; There are some other things but that's about it.&#160; I appreciate this, I belong to forums that regularly suspend and even ban people for using language or saying racist things.&#160; I generally disagree with this because I am a true free speech advocate.&#160; I also understand that those forums are not mine, that they have rules for a reason and it's not my place to judge.&#160;&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Most of you know where my interests lie.&#160; I go out into the internet to&#160; whack on Holocaust deniers and their related ilk.&#160; I explained why in another article so I won't go into that now.&#160; You would think I want deniers suppressed but that is not the case.&#160; Why?&#160; There are a couple of reasons:</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>1) Suppressing something often makes it attractive.&#160; I see no reason to make someone a martyr.&#160; On related note I disagree with "memory laws" that make Holocaust denial or other related types of denial illegal for the reason I just gave.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>2) Even when someone is wrong they sometimes have something valuable to say or contribute.&#160; I read some denial books early on that gave me access to documents I didn't know.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>This brings us back to WB.&#160; Everyone is here for different reasons.&#160; I originally came here because Autumn invited a denier I knew.&#160; I came in response to that but I stayed because it gives me a place to write about whatever is on my mind.&#160; I generally write about history but I also write about politics or personal things.&#160; I enjoy reading the articles here even if I disagree with much I read.&#160; Whether or not I&#160; agree is never the point.&#160; The point is it helps me see how others view the world we all live in.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>This brings us back around Ryan.&#160; Unfortunately Ryan believes that only certain types of articles and comments should be allowed.&#160; I completely disagree because we all need to see how others view the world.&#160; We all learn things from each other even if it's not always pretty.&#160; That's OK, free speech isn't always pretty but that's exactly the point.&#160; We need all of it.&#160; The extreme is not having the ability to speak our minds.&#160; When that happens we know society itself is being suppressed.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>I told Ryan that I disagree with pretty much everything he says but I oppose any effort to suppress him.&#160; He obviously feels different.&#160; The problem is that dangerous sword cuts both ways.&#160; You suppress my speech it's very likely someone will suppress yours.&#160;&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>We all police our articles differently.&#160; I am much more free-wheeling than others, I don't mind when people go off topic and I always let comments stand.&#160; I have a very strict "no delete" policy.&#160; My only rule is never insult my family.&#160; Period.&#160; My wife and children have nothing to do with you, nor do my mother&#160; or my siblings.&#160; I let personal attacks on me stand.&#160; The only person I ever deleted was John G. and only because he persisted in his attacks.&#160; That's it.&#160; Others are more strict than I am.&#160; That's fine though I am less likely to comment on a serial deleter's article.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>I wanted to include some legal aspects of free speech but that will need to wait.&#160; I will say there is no such thing as truly "free speech."&#160; In the United States it just means that the government can't arrest you for exercising your speech regarding political matters .&#160; If I walk into my next training session and say I think Donald Trump is an ignorant pig fucker who sucks Putin's dick at every opportunity I would get fired.&#160; Rightfully so because that is unprofessional and disruptive and has no place at my place of employment.&#160; &#160;It's also a given that I can't threaten bodily harm or incite others to commit bodily harm.&#160; I can't violate Autumn's rules because she owns this site and allows me to publish my articles.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>I look forward&#160; to seeing everyone's thoughts on the matter.</p> <p>&#160;</p>

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