Letters to the editor: Literature distribution; Heads in the sand
TO THE EDITOR
Sophie Scholl was a 21-year-old human rights activist during the Holocaust and was beheaded at the age of 21 for distributing pamphlets containing the truth about the tyranny of the Third Reich. When her father was arrested for referring to Hitler as "God's Scourge," she and others distributed a pamphlet that said: "Nothing is so unworthy of a nation as allowing itself to be governed without opposition by a clique that has yielded to base instinct ... Western civilization must defend itself against fascism and offer passive resistance, before the nation's last young man has given his blood on some battlefield."
While attendees at the Longer Table event were mostly oblivious at the attempts to stop First Amendment rights on the public right-of-way, there was one event organizer who demanded to see the literature being handed out. When refused, she immediately called the police. She stated to the police: ...There are some people handing out literature that have a different point of view. ...They're handing out literature that they refuse to share with us. And we've asked them to politely leave. ... How did she know there WAS any literature unless someone had already showed her?
After the police could find no disruption, the event organizers sent people to try to disrupt the peaceful distribution of white roses and information on civilizational jihad in our midst. Their tactics should be a concern to all as one person physically ripped the brochures out of a person's hand and said: You don't want to see those. I do commend the police for keeping calm when one of the organizers taunted the police with his belligerence and was quickly whisked away by another event organizer. That was a wise move because it could easily be foreseen that that particular event organizer might have been arrested himself.
There were many encouraging signs that the First Amendment is not dead yet. Of those accosted trying to stop the distribution of truth literature, none that I saw wanted to return their information. Chalk one up for the Bill of Rights.
One thing I've learned while peacefully praying in front of Planned Barrenhood abortuaries is that you always have someone videotaping potential attempts to stop First Amendment rights. Thank God and the Holy Trinity for the First Amendment.
TO THE EDITOR
I recently received two books: My mother's high school textbook, "American Government" by Frank Magruder (1935 edition). A friend's textbook from his government class at UW-River Falls (late 70's), "Democracy for the Few" by Michael Parenti (1977 edition).
My mother's: 791 pages. The sections cover issues in-depth, with many questions on the text and for discussion. Selected sections: The Pilgrims; Mayflower Compact; Colonial governments; Continental Congress; Declaration of Independence; Articles of Confederation; the Federalists and Anti-Federalists; the Constitution; division of powers, how a bill becomes law.
Immigration section: "It is essential to self-preservation to regulate immigration." "Our policy of unrestricted immigration ... became the dumping ground for undesirables." "Aliens can be deported for: Entering illegally; committing crime before becoming citizens; conviction of a crime of moral turpitude."
Parenti's: 355 pages. Parenti: "A socialist is someone who wants to replace the capitalist system with a system of public and communal ownership." "Capitalism destroys human potentials and guarantees the perpetuation of poverty, racism, pollution and exploitative social relations."
He had that backwards. That's what socialism does. Parenti admits disappointed that "...the 1970s saw students return to careerist pursuits with unquestioning belief in the 'good life' of 'affluent America' that characterized the stupefying conformity of the 1950s."
Textbooks, like my mother's served her generation well. In WW2, they defeated three evil regimes, two being socialist. Once home, they built new schools, neighborhoods, roads; kicked communists out of unions, decertified "leftist" party delegates and more.
What they didn't do was read what was in the nation's textbooks. They were busy rebuilding the world. And assumed their children would get a great education like they did.
If we want the "good life" for our offspring, then we should emulate the three greatest American generations: WW2, Lincoln's Party, and the Founders. And, reject socialism.
Town of Hudson
Heads in the sand
TO THE EDITOR
To the members of the St. Croix County Board of Supervisors,
It was with great disappointment that I witnessed half of you decide on Tuesday to take the cowardly position of delaying the vote to add the non-binding referendum to the fall ballot. It took courage for those of us who stood to voice our opinions, both for and against. It felt to myself and others that the supposedly "non-partisan" group tasked with representing the county's citizens, had overtly taken partisan positions that prevented you from doing your jobs.
I'm asking you to reconsider this issue, not of legalizing marijuana, but of opening your ears to the citizens you represent. This is not a partisan issue. This is about taking an opinion poll to gauge the sentiment of the people of St. Croix County. Amend the wording to make it clearer to those who don't know that cannabis and marijuana are the same thing, or if it makes you feel better then remove the option to express preference for legalizing recreational cannabis, but please allow this referendum to take place. There is no excuse for ignorance on your part when all you need to research for yourself is out there. By keeping your heads in the sand and willfully remaining uninformed, you are in effect letting us know that you serve not the public but your own agendas.
We needed you
TO THE EDITOR
I share in the disappointment by many that the county board didn't even allow discussion on the cannabis referendum or have the courage to put it to a vote. I am besides myself that some of you had the gall to cite ignorance as an excuse for your choices.
You've known about this referendum for months. Your choice to not do your homework and get up to speed on an agenda item is nothing short of willful ignorance and is shameful. The people of your district and county deserve better. It's a poor reflection on your leadership and sad that you dropped the ball in your representation of an entire district and the county as a whole.
I get that for many of you, this referendum represented more people participating in the democratic process and the belief that these new voters wouldn't vote for your party. How dare you play partisan politics with your power on the county board. You should be the torch bearer for democracy and you chose the option that you thought would result in less people participating in the democratic process. Are you proud? Feel like waiving any flags and celebrating democracy?
If you had done the research, you'd find that this referendum would drive out people from all ends of the political spectrum. You'd find that those who are pressured to stay publicly silent because of their politics and alliances would have something to say at the ballot box.
Finally, I am besides myself that some of you played into the nonsense that your vote on the referendum is anything more than collecting data. How much time and what information do you need to ask someone their opinion on cannabis public policy?
Your failure to articulate your needs suggests a level of disingenuousness that is or should be shameful. For those of you playing into the slippery slope hysteria, shame on you. Representatives of the people should want to know what their people want, period.
We needed leadership. We needed you.