I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it. — Evelyn Beatrice Hall, 1906
I was reminded of this quote today. While catching up on reading comments, I saw one from someone who absolutely hates this blog, and proceeded to tell me all the things they hated about it. Since it attacked the content and not me personally, I decided to approve the comment, even though I had nothing to say in response to it and was not going to “Like” it.
As a blogger, it’s unrealistic to expect I’m not going to have haters. Fortunately, there haven’t been too many of them.
We are not all going to agree. It would be a boring world if we all did. We are all so diverse and that’s a beautiful thing. As long as our differences don’t veer into hate speech or hate actions, freedom of speech is a beautiful thing.
The Department of Homeland Security now wants to compile a list of all journalists, bloggers, and “media influencers.” In particular, they’re keeping tabs on journalists, bloggers, and media influencers who oppose or criticize our Dear Leader Trump. The DHS was created to combat terrorism, not punish people for exercising their First Amendment rights. But in Trump’s America, journalists and bloggers who are critical of him are terrorists. So I guess that makes me a terrorist.
Soon they’ll come knocking at my door at 4 AM and issue me an armband identifying me as a “dissident” and then ship me off in the darkness to a Trumpian concentration camp. It’s not a matter of if but when — unless I can find a way to escape this country before that happens. Or unless democracy survives (which is definitely possible — I refuse to stop being optimistic, as hard as it is at times).
One thing’s for sure. I’m not going to shut up or let them win. I’ll spit in their faces as they cart me off. I’ve had enough of that sort of abusive crap all my life from other narcissists and sociopaths. I’d rather die than be their bitch.