A Forum for Vigorous Debate, Cornerstone of Democracy

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A FORUM FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND VIGOROUS DEBATE, CORNERSTONES OF DEMOCRACY
[For the journal (guidelines, focus, etc.), go to www.theamericandissident.org ].
Encouraged censorship and self-censorship seem to have become popular in America today. Those who censor others, not just self, tend to favor the term "moderate," as opposed to "censor" and "moderation" to "censorship." But that doesn't change what they do. They still act as Little Caesars or Big Brother protectors of the thin-skinned. Democracy, however, demands a tough populace, not so easily offended. On this blog, and to buck the trend of censorship, banning, and ostracizing, comments are NEVER "moderated." Rarely (almost NEVER) do the targets of these blog entries respond in an effort to defend themselves with cogent counter-argumentation. This blog is testimony to how little academics, poets, critics, newspaper editors, cartoonists, political hacks, cultural council apparatchiks, librarians et al appreciate VIGOROUS DEBATE, cornerstone of democracy. Clearly, far too many of them could likely prosper just fine in places like communist China and Cuba or Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Russia.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Lucy Loomis

Thanks to Russell Streur, Camel Saloon Barkeep, the Supervisor of Records for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts forced Sturgis Library to hand over all documents with my regard last week.  After reading the documents, I noted the absence of the reason for Director Lucy Loomis' decision to permanently trespass me from Sturgis Library without warning or possibility of due process.  The reason, of course, was the written criticism I'd disseminated one week before regarding library policy on censorship and openness to all points of view and Loomis' egregious hypocrisy regarding that policy.  On the same note, Global Free Press just published an article I wrote regarding the local press' refusal to publish anything about that permanent trespass decree: http://www.globalfreepress.org/editorials/topics/free-press/3427-dereliction-of-duty-journalists-without-journalistic-principles.

The recently acquired documents inspired the following poem.
 
Beware of Marm
With pleasure I will torpedo the ark.
—Henrik Ibsen, “An Enemy of the People”

The ploy was not ingenious, but rather sadly typical of the day,
convenient and diversionary—no counter argument necessary,
just demonize the messenger and ignore what he had to say.

And so on the basis of a single event of cops called and
suddenly confronting me in the public library that day in June,
when I was working in a room alone and quietly,
the Marm in Chief,* who’d invited them, would later write
to the trustees who’d hired her:

Because of his behavior when the police were here they almost
                                                                                                  arrested him.

So now I had an almost-arrested police record, and almost appeared
in the almost-arrested blotter of the local newspaper. 

He can go from calm to extremely agitated in a matter of seconds,
she’d written clinically, though without PhD.

Yet who in their right mind not on meds would not have raised
his voice viscerally
at such a grotesque affront to freedom of speech and expression?

So this is the correct decision for the safety of the staff and public,”
she decided as judge, jury, and henchbitch. 

And out I walked that miserable day in June, three cops by my side,
imminent danger to staff and public safety, though no gun
and bullets in hand, no jihadist bomb belt round the gut,
not even hatred in my eyes, just a pen, paper, and laptop computer.

If he does come into the library, the police have advised us not to
interact with him but simply call them and they will come and arrest him,
she noted, proud of her successful orchestration.

But to the Marm in Chief’s likely dismay, I’ve yet to set foot in her library
since that notorious decree to permanently trespass me,
and so no life sentence in some harsh penitentiary up till now for me! 
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*The Marm in Chief is Director Lucy Loomis, Sturgis Library, Barnstable, MA.  Thanks to Citizen Russell Streur’s perseverance and the resultant positive decision made by the Secretary of Records for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, nine months after that dismal day in June, I was able to view the document containing the Marm in Chief’s above statement. 

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