REMEMBER THIS DATE:  NOVEMBER 6, 2018
Author,
Chuck Frank

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Dear readers.  It makes no difference whether a person is right or left when it comes to freedom of the press, or of speech. That is not the issue.  Many know the famous case explaining that people have the right to speak what they want, however they do not have the right to…”yell, fire in a crowed theater.”  It is obvious that even I, being as outspoken as I am with regard to politics and ideas, would never endanger hundreds of people in a theater by falsely yelling fire.  Yet, if I did, there would be a stampede and people could die and I would go to jail, maybe for life.

     Well, today there are a few people in our world, and a very select group in Silicon Valley who are yelling fire and are endangering the world and the people’s play book that was penned by the founders and it is called the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  These same people who are yelling fire are on a mission to undermine the most sacred and basic freedoms that a nation could ever have and that is freedom of expression with regard to speech, the press, and religion.  This is America’s cornerstone which was laid so that these key freedoms would  act as a protection against tyranny. Yet, people who are not free, wish for a time when they would have similar protections as America, but they do not.  It is because powerful armed forces prevent that society from choosing unalienable rights.

     Now then, what if a nation such as ours is exploited to where less freedom and great bondage’s surface for the sake of an ideology that limits the free social interchange between people on the internet where censorship rules because of a second or a third party?  This kind of meddling and tampering then becomes like watching the Super Bowl while looking at only commercials and not seeing the endgame, but all the while, millions of dollars are going to the players and the owners of the two teams.     

   Well, everybody, we’re now in the Internet/Gatekeeper Super Bowl and there are no referees.  So as a nation, America as we know it will fall if “we the people” allow the icons of the internet to succeed. There is a clear and present danger when the free flow of information, ideas and opinions are blocked and censored by biased persons who are in control and not neutral  So what is the danger?  Just ask someone who may still be alive today who saw the book burnings in Germany and saw those persons who were shipped in trains off to the Nazi concentration camps and the gas chambers.  Let us never forget that Red China under Mao had its own massacres of a different kind where 70 million people were murdered and to this day China does not have a free flow of ideas and speech and this fact is getting worse everyday.

     Are we not the remnant that fled the kings of old and still adheres to that same eternal calling which chooses wisdom and not the wide road to destruction but the narrow road to freedom which had been established upon that rock in 1620 in the small town of Plymouth Massachusetts?  Let not that rock be moved lest the foundation of America falters, and if it be, how great would be the fall.

“I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

The Road Not Taken
Robert Frost

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