Southern Fried Facist

“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility; I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change,” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Ernie Knobloch and his crowd suffers from a disease that is common with many who want to rule instead of govern, unearned or dishonest arrogance. Arrogance is earned by education, experience, creativity and intelligence. Those who skip these steps attempt to substitute cronyism, double speak and deception for the requirements of self-confidence.

In his endorsement of Tommy Schafer for Mayor of Diamondhead, Knoblock launched a backhanded attack on our publication stating, “Two forums, sponsored by legitimate, politically neutral organizations”, obviously referring to but not mentioning the Bay Jourdan Publishing Company’s Mayoral Debate held on Thursday, May 28th at the Diamondhead Country Club. What Knobloch tried to portray is that John Fletcher is unfit to be mayor because he did not participate in forums held by “legitimate organizations”. Ernie Knobloch obviously does not know the difference in a forum and a debate. A forum is a show, predominately scripted. Dictionary.com defines a forum as an assembly, meeting place, television program, etc., for the discussion of questions of public interest. A debate is something completely different. It involves confrontation, argument and follow-up questions. Candidates can question each other and directly counter the other’s statements. Knobloch and Shafer have proved they do not like debate and only want what they and friends want. Public servants in a democracy are expected to hear all sides of a proposal and chose the best or compromise.

Ernie Knobloch

Diamondhead City councilman at large, Ernie Knobloch

But more disturbing is Mr. Knobloch requiring some type legitimacy test to a hold a debate. The press has sponsored political debates in this country more than any civic organization or political party. Without the press, especially electronic media, debates and the information derived from it would be availablle only to the few who could attend. The Bay Jourdan Publishing has published the Diamondhead Community Telephone Directory for seventeen years. We have also published the Diamondhead News Online for sixteen years. What test of legitimacy must  we pass to satisfy Mr. Knobloch? A drink at the Country Club or endorsing the fleecing of the membership by renovation of two golf courses that lose $500,000 a year? To bolster their argument of illegitimacy, they cite the lack of objectivity in our publication? This is little more than a ruse to convince people of our bias. It is their lack of candor and intestinal fortitude that give the appearance of unfairness. No one has been banned from our site. To say otherwise is disingenuous and a continuation of the fraud.

Freedom of the press or freedom of the media is the freedom of communication and expression through mediums including various electronic media and published materials. While such freedom mostly implies the absence of interference from an overreaching state, its preservation may be sought through constitutional or other legal protections. –Wikipedia.org

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. – First Amendment, United States Constitution.

Abridge: To reduce in scope: Diminish <attempts to abridge the right of free speech> – Dictionary.com

Applying some type of legitimacy test is abridging the freedom of the press, an effort to diminish it. It is the technique of tyrants and fascists throughout history. The press is what started the American Revolution. The words on paper inspired the colonists to rise up against the most powerful nation on earth at the time. King George III labeled the Continental Congress and Ben Franklin’s printing press illegitimate. In Franklin’s case, with his now known history of siring children out of wedlock, there could be an argument that some of his sexual adventures occurred on Gutenberg’s invention, but it is certain that the tyrannical English monarch did not have this in mind at the time he attempted to censure the colonies. Hitler’s Brown Shirts raided newspaper offices and destroyed presses that dared to print opposing views. Today, Iran’s Ayatollahs must put their stamp of legitimacy on the printed word. Mr. Knobloch and his friends may not know it but it is 2013 and anyone can publish. Literally every personal computer, I Pad and Smart Phone in this digital age is a press. Courts have ruled so.

About the Author

T. R. Alfonso
Editor and Publisher of the the Diamondhead News Online