With the proliferation of the internet, social media and instant access, the printed Op-Ed page is obsolete. In 2015 opinions and facts can be challenged by truly open debate whereby your “letter to the editor “is not a one way dictation but a statement that begin a conversation.
Anyone who has studied journalism, political science or American history knows that the vilest use of the printed page is as an “official voice” of any form of government. The practice is foundational to totalitarian governments through history. The National Socialist Party of Germany under the guidance of Josef Goebbels mastered the art of the “official voice”. Italian and Spanish Fascism, the Soviet Union, North Korea, North Viet Nam, Communist China, The Islamic State of Iran, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, the Taliban and now ISIS all employ their “official voice” to oppress the populace.
We have sent our armed forces to fight and die on foreign soil to end the rule of most of these governments that have perverted the freedom of the press by denying the people an UNABRIDGED voice. Every soldier, sailor, Marine and airmen who fought the Nazis, the Japanese, the North Koreans, the Viet Cong, Saddam’s forces, the Taliban and may yet face ISIS is sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, all of it, every single word. Unabridged. In fact that word is used in the very first amendment that establishes the rights of the people in the government of the United States:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Over one million Americans has died protecting and defending our entire constitution. Anyone involved in circumventing an American’s rights as guaranteed by the very document they swore to uphold, weather they serve on a city council or board of directors dishonors the memories of the over one million war dead and violates their sacrifices of all who served. The fact that the city of Diamondhead, the Diamondhead Country Club and Property Owners Association along with their partner Gulf Publishing employs the same tactic as the majority of enemies of freedom this country has spent its youth to destroy is an Orwellian nightmare and truly disgusting.