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Odious Thoughts



A passion for Free Speech is a hazard of the job, I suppose. From my high School daze in Utah right down to today, freedom of speech and religion are two things about which I am both passionate and obsessive. In all likelihood, we could do a show every day about the benefits and the dangers to Free Speech. On Friday we talked about President Franklin Pierce and his willingness to allow people in Kansas to be executed for speaking out against slavery.

Every bit as disturbing as Franklin Pierce allowing the death penalty for free speech against slavery, is that today, there is a growing concept that “odious ideas” shouldn’t just be held in disdain, but outright silenced.

Let me be clear, I am not a Flat-Earther, I am not an Anti-Vaxxer, I am not a conspiracy guy at all. I was most definitely not a Birther. I once held a conspiracy theory of my own. Passionately. Those days are long behind me because I learned along my life’s journey that the conspiracies are less about the truth being out there than they are about the proponents needed to be stage center.

Now, however, we live in an era where those with odd or unusual beliefs, even beliefs that are “odious,” are seen as a threat. And threats, as you know, have to be eliminated.

The Freedom to Speak and worship have always been in danger. Sometimes gravely, sometimes surreptitiously. Still, those who want you to be silenced are rarely secret about their desire to silence you…


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This is The President & The Constitution,” a Friday feature segment of The Dave Bowman Show

Today we turn the pages of history to 1852 when one of the most forgotten men in American History won election to the highest office in the land. How he got there isn’t as important as what he did. Franklin Pierce hated the 1st Amendment and its protection of Free Speech. And for the first time in our history, the Federal Government threatened to execute people who disagreed with its president policies…


Leno’s Lament


 


At long last, the Virginia Delegates to the States Ratification Convention arrive in Richmond. Unlike other States, the Virginia Convention will be open to the public. It will be raucous and passionate and it will feature some of the biggest names in American history.

The Federalists initially outnumber the Anti-federalists by a slim margin with at least four delegates undecided. Everybody already knows what everybody’s position is on the matter of Ratification. But the debates must go on, and those who oppose ratification, led by the greatest orator in America, Patrick Henry, will state their position with clarity and firmness.

And when it is all over and done, Virginia will become the 10th State to ratify the Constitution. It’s what happens after that which makes Jay Leno’s lament all the more poignant…


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