…if I weren’t going to be several thousand miles away, I’d certainly be there myself – and I urge all freespeechers in the neighborhood to attend: Be there even if you’re square. No doubt many of the participants were hitherto entirely relaxed by the thought police cracking down on Swift Current White Supremacists and the First Church of Christ the Same-Sex-Marriage Disparager. But the reality is that any truly free society will have its share of anti-Semites and homophobic pastors and right-wing blowhards and left-wing pottymouth comics, and, if you give the government license to squash the liberties of selected citizens, you soon find they’re selecting all kinds of other folk.
So, if you’re in Toronto this Saturday, do check out Guy Earle and co.
In fairness to Denyse, some of those misgivings were actually mine, and she was too classy to mention me by name. Truthfully, you see, having endured 7.5 years of “Bush is a monkey” “jokes” made by liberal entertainers (but I repeat myself), I frankly cannot bear even the prospect of another 40 minutes worth.
I am cringed-out, and my eyes are one roll away from popping out of their sockets.
That we should prove our sophistication and intelligence by “exposing ourselves to other points of view” is sheer asininity. The astronomer doesn’t feel obliged to “expose himself to other points of view” by checking his horoscope each morning, in the interest of even-handedness, hoping this will earn him brownie points in the New Age Flake community.
Yes, I am making a judgement prior to investigation. I am being “prejudiced.” That is because I am a conservative. And an adult. Contrary to received liberal wisdom, one’s past personal experience is an outstanding indicator of future events, and living with this in mind is a wonderful time-saver.
I do encourage everyone who isn’t as delicate and introverted as I to attend Guy’s fundraiser, or at least send him a few bucks for lawyers. However, were I in the market for a masochistic experience, there are other clubs in Toronto I could visit this Saturday night, with more enjoyable results.
Anyway, Denyse clarifies:
I sincerely hope my misgivings are misguided. That is, the comics should aim principally at real threats, not convenient joke topics.
In our society today, the would-be neo-Nazi in the basement apartment (Aryan Storm Eagle on an obscure Internet site but in real life an unemployable schmuck whose landlady bullies him when he forgets which day of the week he is allowed to use the ironing board) — that guy is not a threat except to himself.
However, the social worker with a string of degrees and a self-imposed mission to wipe out hurt feelings everywhere IS a threat. Many in our society are bafflegabbed by her jargon, feel more secure when she is running their lives, and don’t think that growing up is all that great an idea anyway.