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Free Speech
Ari Fleischer said, "There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do, and this is not a time for remarks like that; there never is."

The current Admin. is so full of shit that they can't see truth when it hits them on the head with a freight train. This is just the anti-unpatriotic crap that was spouted during WWII and the Mcarthy era. What we need is to get those reactionary patsies out of the White House and kick their asses back to BFE where they can be with their Aryan Nation brothers and their backwards thinking.

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that we can say what we will when we will (with limitations along the lines of can't yell "Fire!" in a crowded theatre) and there ain't a durned thing the Government can do about it. Now, when would be a good time to criticize the Government according to Fleischer (and the White House for whom he is Press Secretary)? Never. When is a good time to criticize the Government, I ask? As soon as it screws up, or better yet BEFORE it screws up. We need to address the elephant in the room, not talk around it as if it might go tell the herd that we ate all the good leaves and stampede us. I say we need to stand up to those reactionary patsies in Washington D.C. and yell out our opinions and scream the truth at them so that their ears burn with the shame they should feel for trying to shred the Constitution of the United States. If the President asks me to serve in the White House, I would gladly do so and be honoured to do so for the office, not the man. The President should not expect that I will stop my independent thinking and buy on to the current admin's line of bull crap because I never will.

Free Speech II
I think everyone on this planet needs to read this.
This was sent by a 78 yr. old former nun. The thoughts are pure and we
all understand the point....

Pure? Hardly. Do I understand the point purportedly being made? Yes. I also understand the hatred underlying it and reject it.

There are a few things that those who have recently come to our
country, and apparently some native Americans, need to understand.

Do tell.

First of all, it is not our responsibility to continually try not to
offend you in any way.

It IS our responsibility to not offend people when it won't impact what the end result will be. It's called politeness.

This idea of America being a multicultural community
has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.

My word it has not. The fact that we accept peoples from all cultures helps form our identity. "Give us your tired, your hungry, your poor, your teeming masses yearning to breathe free" Are these words saying, "If they are Christian and speak English only"? I think not. Just the opposite. We were founded by people looking for freedom to explore their own religions because they were suppressed, and sometimes killed, for what they believed. Americans are still killed for what we represent by those who are afraid of such freedoms.

As Americans, we have our own culture, our own society, our own language,
and our own lifestyle. This culture, called the "American Way" has been
developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of
men and women who have sought freedom.

True, to a point. Thing is, all of this is ours because we do not tell people they can't have theirs within our borders.

Our forefathers fought, bled, and died at places such as Bunker Hill,
Antietam, San Juan, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Korea, Vietnam...

Wounded Knee, the Trail of Tears, Okeefenokee Swamp, Gettysburg, Amistad ... Our forefathers were not only the western Europeans, but also Asians, Africans, and other indigenous peoples outside Europe.

We speak English, not Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any
other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society -
learn our language!"

Wrong. We speak every language in the world (practically). English is just our most common language. There is no official/state language in the USA. The paragraph preceding this one is extremely against what America stands for, not for it. I am disappointed in you if you actually believe what it says, which I am led to believe as you sent it without added comments.

In God We Trust" is our national motto. This is not some off-the-wall,
Christian, Right Wing, political slogan - it is our national motto.

Pushed through Congress during the Red Scare. Previously it was E Pluribus Unum - Of Many, One. I do not accept "In God We Trust" as my motto, nor as my country's motto.

It is engraved in stone in the House of Representatives in our Capitol and
it is printed on our currency.

Hamurabi's Code was carved in stone, but do we still cut off a hand for theft?

We adopted this motto because Christian
men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation and this is
clearly documented throughout our history.

This is also incorrect.

If it is appropriate for our
motto to be inscribed in the halls of our highest level of
Government, then it is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls
of our schools.

Not so. Since it is legal for women to go topless on The Mall (home of many of our most revered monuments) should they also go around dressed so in the schools?

God is in our pledge, our National Anthem, nearly every patriotic song,
and in our founding documents.

Nope. The Creator does not specify a specific type of religion. "God" does where "god" does not.

We honor His birth, death, and resurrection as holidays,

Not even close. Easter, Good Friday, and Christmas are not national holidays. Some states and the banks recognize them, however it is more because their business would practically dry up and most of their staff would not be in for work due to religious observations.

and we turn to Him in prayer in times of crisis.

Hmm... do the Muslim turn to the Christian God? Do the Hebrew? Do the Buddhist? The Taoist? ...

If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of
the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture and we are
proud to have Him.

It is part of the Christian culture, but not America as a whole. This paragraph devotes the USA to religious intolerance by not including those who wish to worship outside the Christian way.

We are proud of our heritage and those who have so honorably defended our
freedoms. We celebrate Independence Day, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and
Flag Day. We have parades, picnics, and barbecues where we proudly wave our

Most Americans actually do not participate in these holidays publicly if at all.

As an American, I have the right to wave my flag, sing my national
anthem, quote my national motto, and cite my pledge whenever and wherever I

Not really. I hope she tries to do it during a Supreme Court session when they are hearing cases. Our freedom of speech has limits, but they are broader than most, if not all, other nations around the world.

If the Stars and Stripes offend you, or you don't like Uncle Sam,
then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet.
The American culture is our way of life, our heritage, and we are proud
of it. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and
we really don't care how you did things where you came from. Like it or
not, this is our country, our land, and our lifestyle.

This is so narrow sighted. Is our current way of life the same as it was in 1783? As in 1883? Or even 1983? No, it is not and tomorrow it'll be different than it was yesterday.

Our First Amendment gives every citizen the right to express his opinion
about our government, culture, or society, and we will allow you every
opportunity to do so.

Within reason. You do still need parade permits and the like for certain activities.

But once you are done complaining, whining, and
griping about our flag, our pledge, our national motto, or our way of
life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great American

I'll not leave and you cannot make me do so. I will complain, curse, encourage, disparage, applaud anything to my heart's content as is my right, yet I still don't have to leave. If I think something is wrong with this country, I have the right to speak up about it and then to work toward fixing it. I don't have to leave if it doesn't go my way.

Another thing: To those who do complain about the usage of words like
'God' and 'American' and speaking the language of our great nation, TRY

Not likely. I can't think of a single country where speaking English is a death sentence, like speaking Trukese isn't here. Many countries have actually patterned their governments after ours. Military dictatorships or roving bands or revolutionaries are notoriously more restrictive, but many of the world's countries would rather deport you than imprison or execute you.

In America, you take your right to complain for granted.

I, for one, do not.

The more
patriotism that is removed from where our children are taught, the less
our children will learn about what it is to be an American and our
nation's spirit will slowly be killed. Keep patriotism alive.

Ah, but Patriotism isn't tied to a flag or a single religious deity.

If you agree, pass this onto other Americans!!

I won't pass it on without my comments attached.

It is time to take a stand!!

It is always time to take a stand against intolerance.

God Bless America and our Military and Veterans


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