In a recent letter I submitted to the PNJ, I described a certain type of person who might disagree with my opinions. I used three descriptors to identify persons who might resist random student drug testing--Obstreperous, discordant, and “civil libertarian type”.
Several responders to my opinion piece have each deconstructed my words and reassembled them improperly. I do not label ALL civil libertarians as unruly or difficult to manage. I simply cannot and will not allow the flawed logic of some to distort my words or broad-brush my positions inaccurately. Steve Luther, Mike Horgan, Brandon Harvey--read this clarification, this is for you (and people like you)--read it v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y if necessary.
If I say I do not like pretentious, overpriced, and noisy restaurants—that does not mean I have disdain for ALL restaurants. I love restaurants, worked in them for years, and used to own one.
If I say I dislike disobedient, dirty, and smelly dogs—that certainly does not mean I dislike ALL dogs. I’ve been a lifelong dog owner/ animal rights fanatic.
If I say I dislike obstreperous, discordant, civil libertarian type [people]—that does not mean I dislike ALL Civil Libertarians, because--- and try to comprehend this---I am one!
I am a civil libertarian, a staunch believer in free speech (including anonymous free speech BY ANY AND ALL), the U.S. Consittution and personal individual freedoms.
I simply dislike the fair-weather civil libertarians who embrace left leaning, low hanging fruit type issues, i.e. defense of artists that desecrate Christian Images, defense of Flag Burners, support for removal of crosses from mountains, etc.. Yet these same types run away from less palatable issues like the westboro church lunatics demonstrating at funerals, Rev Terry Jones burning korans, Tom Burlington Case up north, etc.. If you want to be a true civil libertarian chest beater, you have to take the good with the bad--in for a penny, in for a pound. But that's just my take on it
Attempts by some to “put me in a box” will be futile.
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