Je suis Charlie

The sad fact is there is no one else to defend them. Satirists
are reliant ultimately on the very establishment they mock.
That’s the great irony of their situation. — Harry Shearer

Charley HebdoI may have mentioned this before but I have been troubled by a tendency here in the United States to be shocked and saddened by horrible events such as killings and assassinations, but only if the victims are “good guys.” Back in the ’60s we experienced the assassinations of of John F. Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. But around the same time a totally despicable individual named George Lincoln Rockwell was also assassinated. Rockwell was the leader of the American Nazi party and he was straight out the the Third Reich. But as Americans, we accept that everyone has the right to life, liberty, freedom of speech, etc., so Rockwell’s unpleasant demeanor and political views were protected in this country.

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What Does the ACLU Think?

ACLUFirst: Yes, I am a member, or as we used to say, a card carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union. Back in the 1950s, before I really had any clear idea of what was going on, many of the teachers in my school would discuss the ACLU and some sort of allegiance document they were being forced to sign in order to keep their jobs teaching in California schools. It was the time of Joe McCarthy and the shameful House Un-American Activities committee. At that time my Dad was a teacher and I expect I picked up some of the gossip and concern from him and his colleagues.

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