Unceremoniously, my commentary was dumped by the Kankakee Daily Journal last week, without notice. Seems I might be a little too controversial, even if I was doing it for free.
If you’ve been keeping up with newscasts, there was a mass shooting June 28th at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis MD. Five employees of the newspaper were tragically shot dead by a cretin with a vendetta against the paper for reporting the legal consequences of his stalking of a young lady.
I guess it was fine when nuts shot up schools, churches, businesses, military bases, etc., because, after all, that is good for sales of the paper. But this business about shooting up a media outlet, we just can’t have anyone shooting up brethren – changes need to be made.
A daily newspaper, the Capital, can trace its heritage back to 1884. It is owned by the Baltimore Sun Media Group and has a circulation of about 33,000.
Interestingly, the Daily Journal can trace its roots back almost as far, 1903, and has a comparable circulation of 29,000. And almost eerily, Journal reporter Jeff Bonty reported July 7th of a blockhead who burnt down his ex-girlfriend’s parents’ home because she rebuffed him.
In order to avoid attracting the sort of individual that stalks women or shoots people, the Journal has evidently decided to be less confrontational with its content. Or given the fact that Michelle Malkin and Ben Shapiro columns appeared over the weekend perhaps it was just content supplied by yours truly.
Now, if you’re thinking I’m not going to write any more commentaries because of fear of some knuckle-dragger criticizing or assailing me, you’d be incorrect. But the Journal is. At least that was how it was explained to me.
At any rate, it was requested by an editor that upper management needed me to “tone it down” somewhat. The person issuing the edict prefers discreetness evidently. For the record, the last commentary they had from me to be published was entirely about golf and nothing political.
I would feel horrible if my words were to cause anyone harm. But I am not about to fear words or relinquish my First Amendment right of free speech just to assuage the anxieties of someone who can’t handle facts. This is not Missouri State University. As Ben Franklin stated, “they who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.”
I’m not going to be muzzled. Admittedly, I will lose about 27,000 pairs of eyes…but my dignity will remain intact. I will also have my Face Book account and blog at www.webberswhippingpost.com to continue to point out any effort to push our country towards Socialism or blatant acts of theft or inane political correctness.
I owe this to my grandchildren…as well as the lady who followed her paperboy telling customers to cancel subscriptions to the Journal because of me. You see, that’s what Liberals do – if they don’t like something, nobody should be allowed to like it either. According to Liberal-think, we all should suffer equally…as in Socialism. I guess it never occurred to her to just not read the column or put it at the bottom of the bird cage like normal people would do.
What do you suppose the Founding Fathers would think if they heard someone was being muzzled in the press in order not to offend or upset anybody? They fought a bloody war over it, for crying out loud.
We all know of the plight by great American hero’s such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but consider the suffering of NJ Chief Justice, Richard Stockton, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Captured by the British in the middle of the night and fleeced of his possessions he spent time in prison in Perth Amboy NJ and Provost NY, where he was put in irons, starved, and treated so poorly his health was ruined. While Mr. Stockton was doing time in prison, renowned British General Cornwallis helped himself to Mr. Stockton’s estate and summarily ruined, killed, or burned all property and livestock, including one of the best libraries in the Colonies. When Cornwallis was done, it more than likely resembled the aftermath of a Move-On.org rally.
It’s difficult not to suspect ulterior motives behind any censorship. Looking back through my blog one will find multiple posts which were submitted as commentary, in defense of President Trump or pointing out fallacies of the left-leaning media, the need for tort reform, or the mistake that was the Socialist experiment of Barack Obama. Nobody else in the area is standing up to say these things, at least publicly. But there are a bunch that believe it.
To those of you who followed my column, and took time to express words of support, or even those who politely disagreed, I want to thank you for reading. I am truly grateful. Hope to see you on my blog.