I Will Not Be Silenced

I will not tone down my rhetoric.

I will not apologize for my political views.

I will not give up my guns, or my right to purchase more.

I will not give up my right to free speech.

I will not take responsibility for the actions of a dope-smoking, devil-worshiping, Marx and Hitler-loving psychopath.

I will not take seriously anyone who blames an old political ad posted on Facebook for those actions.

I will reject as the contemptible hypocrites and cowards that they are those who refuse to acknowledge the hate and violence in the rhetoric of the left, including the violent phrases and metaphors used repeatedly by Barack Hussien Obama.

I will not listen to lectures on violence by anyone who supports increasing the coercive power of the state over the lives of American citizens, families, and communities.

I will not listen to lectures on violence by anyone who is a sycophantic apologist for the party that escalated the Vietnam War or cheered the bombing of Serbia.

I will not listen to lectures on violence and a “climate of hate” from people who have made the most horrible, violent, and threatening statements imaginable regarding Sarah Palin and her family. There is no hatred more intense in this country than the hate that leftists have for Sarah Palin.

I will not listen to lectures on violence by anyone who supports the “right” to violently dismember innocent unborn children in their mother’s wombs.

I will never again listen to calls not to “rush to judgment” when a Muslim fanatic murders American citizens from anyone on the left.

I will not trade God-given, constitutionally-protected liberties for a false and futile sense of security.

I will not accept the idiotic belief that more laws, more regulations, and more police can solve problems of the human soul.

I will continue to advocate for limited government, state’s rights, popular sovereignty, free markets, individual and family rights, religious liberty, and a Culture of Life.

I will not be silenced.

Who’s with me?

58 Responses to I Will Not Be Silenced

  • That’s a man of courage !

  • Brilliant Joe! The Law of Unintended Consequences works in politics as in all aspects of human life, and the Left in this country is about to get a demonstration of that fact in regard to their attempt to muzzle their adversaries.

  • Let me grab my bullhorn and I’ll start screaming with you!

  • I’m with you!

  • I am with you.

    Suggestion: make that last sentence first and the first sentence last. Move higher the one about mass unborn baby murderers lectures about blood on nayone else’s hands.

    Set this up as an on-line petition and send to all demagogue congresspersons and lying liberal media outlets.

    Brilliant!!!

  • You ARE the man!!!

  • Kudos Joe, for some all-around great writing on this subject. I’m with you.

  • By the way, here’s a great article from George Will. Charlatan is maybe the best word to describe those seeking to assign blame to Palin and the right.

  • Meeting irrationality with irrationality. I’m not with you.

  • That George Will column is indeed outstanding. Calm, cold and hard among the wirlwind. The likes of Krugman should be ashamed of themselves.

  • I find nothing “irrational” about what Joe wrote. That some do says more about them than it does about Joe.

  • When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, my home state and home city were still suffering from the unfairly attached stigma of the JFK assassination, blamed for a conservative “climate of hate” that allegedly led to his death, despite the fact that it was an avowed communist and Soviet/Castro sympathizer, Lee Harvey Oswald, who committed the crime.

    Heck, even as late as 30 years after the event, when Dallas played Buffalo in the Super Bowl, one commentator – the late George Plimpton – said in an interview that he was pulling for the Bills to beat the Cowboys because he still blamed Dallas for the Kennedy assassination. Funny that he didn’t hold Buffalo similarly responsible for the death of William McKinley.

    I find offensive the notion that Joe saying we will no longer stand pat and be cowed into silence when vilified by such collective calumny is assigned the same sort of moral equivalence as the irrationality of the George Plimptons, Paul Krugmans, etc., etc.

  • I stand in FULL AGREEMENT as GOD is my witness!
    AMEN & AMEN!!

  • RR,

    I guess you long for the days of Stalinist regime where behavior is monitored 24/7.

    Who’s irrational now.

    Joe,

    Huzzah!

    Game on.

  • Sign me up. (Or is that too martial of me to say?)

  • I guess you long for the days of Stalinist regime where behavior is monitored 24/7.
    Who’s irrational now.

    Now, you are.

  • On the side, I will not listen to a guy who has a “worst person in the world” feature when he talks about how horrible the other guys are with their rhetoric….

  • the late George Plimpton – said in an interview that he was pulling for the Bills to beat the Cowboys because he still blamed Dallas for the Kennedy assassination.

    Did anyone ask Plimpton why Dallas should be held responsible given that Lee Harvey Oswald had been a resident there for less than six months?

  • Bravo, Joe. Bravo. I’m with you too. Enough with the horse pucky.

  • Count me in. I’m not shutting up unless—until—I take a vow of silence for a REAL reason.

  • Joe, as usual well stated. A couple points, it shouldn’t surprise us that some on the left have to use tragedies to run from their hopelessly failed belief systems. Remember the Wellstone funeral? If those on the Left keep it up, there will be the same backlash that occurred after that tragedy. The same group that admires Bill Ayres attacks conservatives for the actions of a deranged man? One only need look at the comments section of this Washington Post story on “Why God Allows Tragedies” to see the Left attacking those who believe in God, not to mention those who comment that if there was a God they would be more upset since He’s not acting rational (according to their warped beliefs.)

    http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2011/01/arizona_shootings_why_did_god_allow_it.html#more

    Conservatives would do well to remember that the more those on the Left get a chance to show their cards, the more the American public will see the phony hands they have been dealt, and will say no to any future returns to power for the Left.

  • “I will not listen to lectures on violence by anyone who supports the “right” to violently dismember innocent unborn children in their mother’s wombs.”

    Of course, I’m with you. I’m in agreement, though, with T. Shaw that I would move the above statement up in your list. “All human security is gone and at any moment the roof over your head, figuratively and literally, may collapse . . . you may be driven out of your home . . . you may be put to death, guiltless and without a chance to defend yourself.” I think Gertrude von Le Fort, in describing Hitler’s Reign of Terror, also was prescient in describing the Reign of Terror against our unborn.

  • I’m with you Joe. Excellent post.

  • Joe,

    How is your response to this tragedy any different than the left’s politicized reaction? How is your post any different than Keith Olbermann’s self-righteous diatribes and monologues? How is your reaction at all aligned with the spirit of Catholicism? You respond to this tragedy in the same sad way that the left does. How does that make you any better? Or any of those here who agree with such hateful display in a “Catholic” blog? I would expect such reactions from MSNBC or Fox News, but not from a “Catholic” blog. Where is Scripture? Where is the one commandment that Jesus gave us (Jn 13:34:35) anywhere in this post? What about the victims? What about those who are still fighting for their lives? What about the disturbed soul of the killer? The sad thing is that those who comment here do so not even questioning the substance of your diatribe–they simply agree. The commandment to love one another is not mere sentimentalism: it is not leftist idealism. We WILL be judged by our ability or inability to love one another. Scripture is very clear (see Eschatological Sermon in Matthew 25).

    Folks, if the state of American Catholicism (based on the name of your blog) is anywhere represented by this post filled with delusional nationalism, then we have a lot of work to do. I don’t really need to visit a “Catholic” blog to read these kind of diatribes. Rachel Maddow and Mark Levin will do.

    In the self-righteous words of Keith Olbermann,

    “Sir, you are off the mark”

  • I am with you 100%
    E Pluribus Unum

  • Add me to the list!

  • Good on you Joe.

    We need the same sort of stuff down here – same problem, same culprits.
    Go for it. :-)

  • Jonathon S,

    Here is my reply to your comment.

    “Joe,
    How is your response to this tragedy any different than the left’s politicized reaction?”

    You are confused. I am responding to the politicization. How is it “different”? I am declaring that I will stand up for my divine, natural, and civil rights against those who would use this tragedy as a pre-text to take them away, because I value them, as should you.

    “How is your post any different than Keith Olbermann’s self-righteous diatribes and monologues?”

    You live in a world of relativism. Keith Olbermann’s problem is not his tone, it is his values. Good values are worth fighting for. Rotten values aren’t.

    “How is your reaction at all aligned with the spirit of Catholicism?”

    There is nothing un-Catholic about defending your rights. Indeed, it is our duty as Catholics to do so.

    “You respond to this tragedy in the same sad way that the left does.”

    Wrong. The left’s reaction is to call for the restriction and abrogation of our rights as human beings and American citizens. My reaction – to them – is to defend them. Very simple.

    “How does that make you any better?”

    Because I am defending what is objectively worthy of defense.

    “Or any of those here who agree with such hateful display in a “Catholic” blog?”

    What hate?

    “I would expect such reactions from MSNBC or Fox News, but not from a “Catholic” blog. Where is Scripture?”

    We comment on a lot of different things here. In my first post on the topic, I, like most other Christians, asked my readers to pray for Giffords and the other shooting victims.

    “Where is the one commandment that Jesus gave us (Jn 13:34:35) anywhere in this post?”

    What part of that commandment says we can’t defend our rights?

    “What about the victims? What about those who are still fighting for their lives?”

    See above.

    “What about the disturbed soul of the killer?”

    We should pray for him too.

    “The sad thing is that those who comment here do so not even questioning the substance of your diatribe–they simply agree.”

    Because they aren’t like you. They understand what is of value, and what is at stake.

    “The commandment to love one another is not mere sentimentalism: it is not leftist idealism.”

    I never said it was. Maybe you’re toking up too before you make these comments. You see a resolute defense of God-given rights, and firm message to would-be tyrants that they will not be easily surrendered, as antithetical with love. I see it as an expression of love.

    “We WILL be judged by our ability or inability to love one another. Scripture is very clear (see Eschatological Sermon in Matthew 25).”

    I never said anything remotely to the contrary.

    “Folks, if the state of American Catholicism (based on the name of your blog) is anywhere represented by this post filled with delusional nationalism, then we have a lot of work to do.”

    What nationalism? I didn’t mention the United States once. Values and rights, not nations, are my highest political priorities.

    “I don’t really need to visit a “Catholic” blog to read these kind of diatribes. Rachel Maddow and Mark Levin will do.”

    Well, don’t come back then.

    “In the self-righteous words of Keith Olbermann,
    “Sir, you are off the mark””

    Whatever. Have a nice day.

  • I also find it ironic how TAC is filled with people showing so much disdain for “censorship” while they censor, delete, misrepresent the comments of others. The fact is, this is another mask — pretending you want free speech and won’t be silenced, but really, you don’t want it for everyone anyway. Such dishonesty, such masks, are quite common around here.

  • How is your response to this tragedy any different than the left’s politicized reaction?

    Left: we shall try to pin this on the right, specifically the tea party that we have thus far not been able to make things stick to! In the face of no evidence, in the face of opposing evidence! Shut up, you murderous teab***ers!

    Right: I will not shut up, your accusations are untrue. Here is a list of things that are wrong with you. I will not shut up and let you slime me.

    Never knew supporting falsehood was a Catholic value.

  • Never knew supporting falsehood was a Catholic value.

    Zing! Very concise and too the point, Foxfier.

  • The left knows they overstepped here, and so now they’re going the moral equivalency route, accusing those who were maligned of being equally guilty for standing up for themselves.

    As pathetic as it is predictable.

  • Karlson,

    I’m not going to approve your second comment slandering me with malicious, hateful lies. But I will respond to this, and it will help explain why:

    “I also find it ironic how TAC is filled with people showing so much disdain for “censorship” while they censor, delete, misrepresent the comments of others. The fact is, this is another mask — pretending you want free speech and won’t be silenced, but really, you don’t want it for everyone anyway. Such dishonesty, such masks, are quite common around here.”

    I find your illogic and blithering stupidity to be tiresome and have only approved it for your public disgrace.

    No one here has the power to “censor” you, you lunatic. You have a personal blog and a group blog that, if you were to stay confined to and never grace us again with your presence, would make us all happy. No one here has petitioned anyone to shut down Vox Nova. No one here has tried to use the power of the state or the anger of private citizens to have you hindered in any way.

    Blocking some of your more hate-filled and disgusting comments isn’t a form of political censorship. There’s no pure intellectual idea I find too repugnant to publicly explore, but there are plenty of packages that they come wrapped up in that are not worth anyone’s time or effort to unwrap. I believe in free political speech, not free absolute speech.

  • Crimes are always committed by individuals, not by states, or special interest groups, or political parties. At Nuremberg, they didn’t hang the State, they hung persons who committed beastly acts.

    Pray for the souls lost, and the one’s being lost, may this not bring us down into anarchy; that would only play into the hands of the Enemy. We must heal the original wounds, make good come from evil, even try to find a reason why this man ended up doing this act of cowardice.

    We all are neighbors of someone like him. This man needed help. But he apparently didn’t get it. Did anyone notice? Don’t we ALL have murderous thoughts sometimes, but don’t act them out? If this was more than mental illness, we need to find out & root out the puppetmasters. But CALM is the word right now. We must act on the “Better Angels of our nature”. Judge Roll was a man who would not want overreaction and fear to take over, ever. The other victims deserve a response worthy of them; they were horribly wronged, a greater good can come of this,: we KNOW, in our heart of hearts, what is good. We have to seek the highest and best good. We have had many” last chances”. Let’s not blow this one.

    Our free speech rights end only when we hold a gun and aim it at an innocent ,defenseless person. Being “wrong” politically does not mean we start killing to silence vigorous debate does it? The memory of those lost deserve better. We can, we must find the highest and best, or the worst is yet to come.

  • “Don’t we ALL have murderous thoughts sometimes, but don’t act them out?”

    I can honestly say that I have never had murderous thoughts. —-Well, unless you count people who hum in elevators. And the French.

  • “Don’t we ALL have murderous thoughts sometimes, but don’t act them out?”

    Nope.

    Urge to yell, or throw things to the ground, or gut and flay someone with words, but short of an actual threat I don’t have violent urges.

    This man needed help. But he apparently didn’t get it.

    From the reports of prior death threats, where those who were threatened were told he was going through the mental health system and was well under control and don’t press charges, folks did try.
    The college councilors who didn’t follow up on AZ’s amazingly liberal laws to protect folks from the mentally ill really need to have a talking-to, since he was escorted off campus by police.

    Without all the balls being dropped, he wouldn’t have passed his background check to get the gun in the first place.

    Being “wrong” politically does not mean we start killing to silence vigorous debate does it?

    …where on EARTH did that come from? It’s so far out of left field that it might cause whiplash.

    Joe: I won’t shut up while you’re calling me a murderer.
    commenter: we shouldn’t kill people to make debate nicer!

  • foxfier- i kinda checked out on that last quoted by you, had a thought, it was better , went away from computer, came back, punched send. Sorry, friend.I’ll TRY not to let that happen again.
    BUT…I guess I’m gonna need to get to purgatory before my murderous urges leave me, I only “hate” two ppl now, used to hate all, converted to Catholic Church in 97, no depression since,working on “bad thoughts”, will TRY to do better.
    On mental health system: EPIC FAIL !!! Lotsa “school- drugged” kids out there, and I can imagine certain “cocktails” from otc drugs that, mixed w/ his Rx would make a buddhist monk go off the hook! (VIAGRA, anyone?).

    There’s no trap so secure as the one we set for ourselves.

    I suppose the thought that came to mind on that last you quoted was the anarchy scenario, where no one’s allowed to have the luxury of “values”. Or possibly, an Auschwitz scenario, same thing: values never discussed there.
    Thanks for correction. “Doc”

  • addendum- one OTHER scenario comes to mind, almost too horrible to comprehend- where “values” become a reason for gun play: a dictatorship, like Stalinism, where millions of people were killed and fear of death squads or gulags was a constant possibility. THAT ” I hope & pray, won’t come to the “Sweet Land of Liberty”. I MUCH prefer vigorous well-intentioned political discourse, with peaceful transfer of power over THAT scenario, yes?

  • You’re still not making sense, other than you seem to think it’s a better thing for schizophrenic folks to be left to fend for themselves rather than getting treatment.

  • Oh, look, Karlson’s here. Funny that he’s moping about censorship while my last comment on his site is still awaiting moderation.

  • Joe, you’re an extremist – extremely correct.

    Your tone seems passionate, hot, ablaze – I suppose that means Christ will not vomit you out of His mouth for lukewarmness.

    You’re statements are unequivocal and very direct, not nuanced and subtle – I suppose you want your Yes to mean yes and your No to mean no.

    Thank you for posting one of the most charitable posts regarding this horrible crime, as well as the horrible murders and attempted murders.

    I know someone with muddled thinking is going to jump on me for saying Joe’s comments are charitable. Just to be clear Charity, authentic Caritas in Truth, is not usually soft, nice, pleasant, warm, sentimental or fuzzy. Some of Christ’s most Charitable statements would seem harsh to most ears.

    As I write this I am watching the ‘memorial service’ in Arizona – it seems more like a pep rally or campaign stop, right down to the ‘blessing’ given by a pagan giving thanks and worship to the masculine energy of father sky and the feminine energy of mother earth which come together and form the creator and we all have the creator in us. Maybe Obama was right, we are no longer a Christian country – we’re all pagan socialists now – yikes.

    What a way to consecrate our country to the enemy – the murderous crimes of a poor lost, mentally unstable soul who indulged in the occult now lead us to an occultic pagan pep rally to ‘memorialize the dead’ and celebrate ourselves and the god-state. I must admit that the words fear and trembling come to mind.

    Thanks for posting something so clear about this messy situation.

  • Foxfier- Hey, it’s true he was observably deranged, thought he could fly in his dream-state, didn’t pass Army drug test, etc, and nobody saw this coming? I don’t want to think his problems were miseducation by medication, but this is my best guess, and I don’t have anything more than what I read online.

    Sounds to me like he actually fell into a Cartesian world-view(oxymoron, I know, but wattaryagonnado?), coupled with a kind of distrust of money & language.. This guy was floating “assisted” on SOMETHING. If it was completely organic, he lives 22 yrs, and never gets diagnosed? THAT’s bizarre,no? SOMETHING FAILED with this kid, he or no one, really, HAS to SNAP !!

    BTW- I fall into the category of “Way to go, Joe” on this SPEAK OUT!! RALLY !! ORGANIZE A PROTEST !! BE RESPONSIBLE !! RISK RIDICULE !! FIX YOUR OWN PROBLEMS AS BEST YOU CAN AND HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR ONCE IN A WHILE !! Hope this helps clear up the picture for you, friend.

  • Hey, it’s true he was observably deranged, thought he could fly in his dream-state, didn’t pass Army drug test, etc, and nobody saw this coming?

    We do not know why he was not accepted– as privacy rules mean they can’t say– and several people did see this coming. His entire college class pinned him as the one that would walk in with a gun, a past friend thought “oh no, he did it” on hearing of the main target, he’s reported to have a history of death threats, etc.

    BTW, standard school over medication does not make one delusional, let alone on the level this guy very obviously was.

  • You and I are arguing but I don’t think either one of us realizes we agree. So I”m wasting my time with a poser I can only conclude. I was calling for calm, help find out WHY, and you just don’t wanna stop attacking me for no reason . This ain’t YouTube. Letters to the Editor more like, dontchyathink? K BYEEE

  • We most assuredly do not agree, because you are not saying anything that makes simple sense, let alone a greater sense.

    If you think this is an attack, you are in a very hostile world. People are going to want you to write in a manner that is not self-contradicting inside of a single paragraph, let alone a single sentence.

    I’m also amazed that you think your formatting is more akin to letters to the editor than a youtube comment, but that’s a taste issue.

  • I simply believe that lies must be aggressively combated with truth. I plead guilty to that, and will never apologize for it.

  • Joe, you are a lunatic!

  • Thankfully your opinion means nothing.

  • And frankly, if you think I am a lunatic for taking a stand on these points, then I think you’re morally corrupt.

  • James Hacker is the banned Catholic Anarchist, in yet another of his guises, continuing to satisfy his pathetic desire to insult members of the blog.

  • It’s really insane that a self-proclaimed “anarchist” would disagree with anything I said.

  • There are very few anarchists that are actually thus. If Anarchy is simply the absence of government then it goes to follow that all behavior would be legal so no one can truly be concerned with anyone’s lawful behavior. It is far more common to encounter people who profess to be anarchists when they are actually absolutists – they desire the absence of lawful authority because they intend to be the only authority themselves.

    Some anarchists believe that without government, people will fall into a sort of self-interested self-governance. That is a very utopian view and not totally without merit in specific, usually very small situations; however, I doubt that could be a permanent state. Most anarchists are merely purveyors of chaos. I suspect the poster and the perpetrator of the Tuscon murders are cut from the same cloth of Helter-Skelter. Pray.

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