Chas. P. Justine, Mountain Finch Post
Freedom of speech – During the 1930’s in Germany after Adolf Hitler was elected Chancellor, when the telephone rang the standard initial phrase uttered by the recipient of the call was “Heil Hitler”. Any other greeting would risk being reported to the government and a possible interment in a concentration camp.
Erika Mann wrote a book about growing up in Nazi Germany called, School for Barbarians. Here is an excerpt from her book:
Every child says “Heil Hitler!” from 50 to 150 times a day….. The formula is required by law… This Hitler greeting, this “German” greeting, repeated countless times from morning to bedtime, stamps the whole day….
You leave the house in the morning, “Heil Hitler” on your lips; and on the stairs of your apartment house you meet the Blockwart. A person of great importance and some danger, the Blockwart has been installed by the government as a Nazi guardian. He controls the block, reporting on it regularly, checking up on the behavior of its residents….
One of the reasons Americans fought WWII was to eliminate this totalitarian restriction to speaking one’s mind, or more precisely to remain silent if that is an individual’s choice. America won the war, and as a result their citizens were not in fear of exercising their freedom of speech or conversely their freedom to remain silent.
The arrow of time moves forward to modern day America.
Now, Phil Robertson the so called duck commander, of something known as the “Duck Dynasty”, an A&E cable network show, which I admit I have never watched, is excoriated by the modern day Blockwarts, the slave’s to politically correct speech, who strive to prevent any person, or group of persons, from being offended. According to this gaggle, the commander must be banished from the public square for violating their concept of the correct formulation of civilized speech. What was the commanders violation? He had the audacity to state that “including homosexuality and bestiality in a list of sins that also included “sleeping around with this woman and that woman, and that woman and those men.” He then quoted the Bible, listing several more sins that preclude inheriting the kingdom of God. After acknowledging his own sins, Mr. Robertson said, “We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love them, give ’em the good news about Jesus — whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later.”
At the risk of being cliché, it is a slippery slope down to the block where the Blockwarts determine how we decide to express ourselves.
The arrow of time advances.