DearSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 03:37
I have been thinking about you a lot recently.
I noticed you haven't been around, and I've missed you. There is another existential crisis going on at the DP, in case you haven't noticed. Soul searching and bellyaching, this time because I've been cracking down on the sloppiness.
But oh no, everyone thinks they've got a right to post at the DP. This is what drives me crazy, as you know. It is like they learned nothing - NOTHING! - from Ron Paul! These ignorant funks don't understand that the First Amendment applies to the government. They think that if I shut them down, that I'm violating their First Amendment right.
I ban them from the DP and they get mad. Pussies. Do they have any concept of what GOVERNMENT censorship looks like? Did you see this in today's Times?
In February 2012, a Saudi poet and journalist, Hamza Kashgari, published three tweets about the Prophet Muhammad:
“On your birthday, I will say that I have loved the rebel in you, that you’ve always been a source of inspiration to me, and that I do not like the halos of divinity around you. I shall not pray for you.”
“On your birthday, I find you wherever I turn. I will say that I have loved aspects of you, hated others, and could not understand many more.”
“On your birthday, I shall not bow to you. I shall not kiss your hand. Rather, I shall shake it as equals do, and smile at you as you smile at me. I shall speak to you as a friend, no more.”
He claimed afterward that he was “demanding his right” to freedom of expression and thought. He found little public support, was condemned as an apostate, and there were many calls for his execution. He remains in jail.
But I can't blame them. There was a time when I thought the same thing, thanks the the public education that I am (was) a product of.
I'm just so freaking tired of explaining the same thing over and over. It is wearing me out.
But then I think, 'How many thousands of time has Ron Paul explained the same thing without losing his temper? With kindness and grace?'
And I wonder, if I can do better.
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My greatest challenge is maintaining compassion and love in my heart for those who attack me, the DP, and just the concept of Liberty itself. Instead of being angry at them, to forgive them for they know not what they do. Instead of seeing the worst in them, to see the best in them, like Dr. Paul: That they are good hearted people with misguided beliefs.
If there is something to emulate in Dr. Paul, it is his kind, patient, encouraging manner of teaching.
Wasn't there a time for us - for all of us - that it sounded foreign, and we didn't understand it either?
Anyway, hope you're well. And hope to see you round the site again.
p.s. I'll be taking a vacation starting May 3 (my 45th birthday!) (OMG - is this over the hill?) for a couple of weeks. Samantha is taking me on a cruise. It is one of the best values in vacationing - everything's included. You go into the restaurant, and there are no prices on the menu. Its like you died and went to heaven. (Though in some ways it is depressing too, if you allow yourself to be depressed by it.)
I'll let you know how it goes.