Savages, Foreign And Domestic

Dave Killion — September 18, 2012

Mr. Kettle, Mr. Pot has something he thinks you should know.

Despite growing evidence to the contrary, the Obama administration continues to declare that attacks on U.S. embassies around the world are motivated by Muslim offence over a film (the very existence of which is dubious) that depicts the prophet Mohammed in an unfavourable light. Although many of the non-governmental commenters I’ve seen have qualified their statements by denouncing the alleged filmmaker’s supposed message as deplorable, execrable, offensive, and so forth, supportĀ for his right to free speech has been robust. It seems the great majority of regular, everyday North Americans think that it is wrong to use violence against people peacefully exercising their rights.

Unless those people are exercising their right to keep what they’ve earned, or to consume what they please, or to not support whatever causes they deem unworthy, or a thousand other things. Then the great majority of regular, everyday North Americans are eager to sit back and watch (and often, encourage) the state when it uses its power to deprive such people of their freedom, their property, and their lives.

Funny how that works.

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