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Political: Free speech only for liberals

This week I have noticed, as I drive between Coupeville and Deception Pass, that there are several Bush/Cheney signs with big X’s crossed through them. The more I think about it, the angrier I get. This is a common battle tactic for people who support the left. Before you start shrieking your indignation, please hear me out.

I have seen it time and time again, in different guises. It exposes a core belief on the part of many liberals: “Your opinion does not matter. You are wrong and I am right. I believe in freedom of speech, so long as you agree with me.”

The same tactic with a different disguise is apparent in the media. When discussing any topic at all, with a conservative, a liberal will invariably shout the other down so that no one can even hear his views. It’s “listen to me or listen to nobody.”

Any thinking American should be able to see the dangers arising from this thinking. John Kerry seems poised to either win or usurp the election. Recently, 30,000 lawyers have been instructed to find or invent evidence of what they call “voter intimidation.” This really means that if President Bush wins, by whatever margin, Kerry intends to force his way into office. Doesn’t this disturb anyone? It certainly should! It’s just another mask on the same ploy: Shout’em out, push’em out, stomp’em out.

Dondi MacNair

Oak Harbor

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