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Your Opinion: Far left works to discredit democracy

Your Opinion: Far left works to discredit democracy

September 13th, 2017 by Larry Russell Johnson, Jefferson City in Opinion

Dear Editor:

The media are so badly slanting the battle over Confederate symbols they have become the communications division of the anti-Confederate symbol debate.

The flag is flown as a southern symbol out of respect to the people who were asked by their states in the south to defend all the citizens of their state, not just white people or anything racial like that. Unfortunately, the flag itself has repeatedly come under attack because of its misuse by some people and lack of education of its history on the part of others. An educated public is its best defense.

I read the Dec. 27, 2001, commentary from George Will in the Post-Tribune, comparing the Confederate army of the American Civil War with today's conflict with the Taliban in Afghanistan.

On June 2015, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley blamed the murder of nine black people on the Confederate flag.

On Aug. 16, Tucker Carlson commented on Fox News that the South were cowards for leaving the Union.

In many cases, Confederate-era monuments have been targeted by the godless left because it is allegedly a symbol of white privilege and racism. For those liberals to destroy part of America's history that goes against their agenda is fascist; it denies the very freedoms of speech and expression that have made America in the first place.

If you are taught that speech is violent then you will use violence to suppress speech you do not like.

So many of the things that remind us of our history would be gone forever. Our own people are beating ISIS to it.

The Webster dictionary defines tolerance as the act or practice of tolerating sympathy or indulgency for beliefs or practices differing from one's own.

The whole aim of the far left ideology is to narrow the range of thought with unfounded hysteria and manipulation and finally democracy will be discredited.

"The Democratic Party is the party of slavers, the party of Jim Crow, the party of class warfare, the party of race-baiters, the party of hate. Demolition should start there." — Stan Carter

"This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it." — Abraham Lincoln, inaugural address, 1861.