A Forum for Vigorous Debate, Cornerstone 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.

More P. Maudit cartoons (and essays) at Global Free Press: http://www.globalfreepress.org

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Brenda Smith-Lezama

Sadly, nobody at The Maneater deigned to respond to the following email.  The president of the Missouri Student Association did, however, respond.  See below...

From: George Slone
Sent: Sunday, January 24, 2016 1:35 PM
To: maneater@themaneater.com; eloutfi@themaneater.com; jherrick@themaneater.com; tblatchford@themaneater.com
Cc: mjp5f5@mail.missouri.edu; msapresident@missouri.edu; bas535@mail.missouri.edu; safp8b@mail.missouri.edu; kmhrf5@mail.missouri.edu; cltc74@mail.missouri.edu; ddwzq3@mail.missouri.edu; tte2m5@mail.missouri.edu; rkf7wb@mail.missouri.edu
Subject: Mizzou Student Association lampooned in a new P. Maudit cartoon

To Elizabeth Loutfi, Ed-in-Chief; John Richmond Herrick, Opinion Editor; Katherine Knott, Managing Editor; and Taylor Blatchford, University News Editor, The Maneater, University of Missouri Student Newspaper:  
Any independence at all from the reigning PC-mindset?  Any real appreciation for vigorous debate, cornerstone of democracy?  Any fondness for the First Amendment?  After all, you are touted as “more aggressive” and “an independent watchdog of the university.”  Hmm.  Well, likely that’s just Newspeak blather and your reality is unoriginal fear of offending the cogs of indoctrination.  You know like those on the Black Programming Committee.  Now, that’s an interesting name, since programming can be a synonym for indoctrinating.  

Anyhow, if it isn’t Newspeak, then please do respond and at least consider publishing the cartoon just posted on my blog site on Mizzou’s Student Association:  wwwtheamericandissidentorg.blogspot.com.  Come on.  Curiosity didn’t kill the cat.  PC did that!!!  :)

Thanks for your attention.

From: MU OSL MSA President
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2016 5:30 PM
To: George Slone
Subject: RE: Mizzou Student Association lampooned in a new P. Maudit cartoon

Mr. Slone,

I really just wanted to reach out and tell you thank you for thinking enough of us to make this cartoon a reality. I imagine it took a lot of time for you to put this together and your work does not go unappreciated. Please enjoy the rest of your evening.


Payton Head
University of Missouri | Student Body President
Missouri Students Association
2500 MU Student Center | Columbia, MO 65211

P. (573) 882-3383 | @MSAPresident | msa.missouri.edu

From: George Slone
Sent: Monday, January 25, 2016 5:50 PM
To: MU OSL MSA President
Subject: Re: Mizzou Student Association lampooned in a new P. Maudit cartoon

Hi Payton,
Thanks for the response.  You are the only one so far deigning to respond, though your response was robotic (i.e.,  smiley-faced everything's wonderful in Mizzoulandia).  Don't your instructors encourage you to question and challenge and fight for reason, logic, fact, and freedom?  Alas, methinks not in the least.  Ideology always trumps reason.  

G. Tod


sdave1 said...

this whole incident was sickening, i saw two women on Lawerence Odonnell who asked them what happened as they were present, they hemmed and hawed and stuttered, one mentioned the swasticka and the other said some of the students were from nearby ferguson, then there was the prof. calling for muscle to prevent a student recording the events, and the poor fired president was PC to the bitter end and said he deserved to be fired for not listening, an national embarrassment.

G. Tod Slone said...

Thanks for the comment. Interesting to learn the president was PC to the hilt. Check out my correspondence, which I just added to the cartoon.