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You Are Malicious, Abusive, and Offensive

I’ll admit, that was news to me.  I’ve been told that in person I can be intimidating because of my size and the way I articulate my argument, but never that I was malicious, abusive or offensive.  However, I must be, because the Facebook algorithm said I was.  Or perhaps it was a snowflake that could not bear the threat of history and constitutional posts.

The bottom line is that Facebook blocked my blog site.  If I try to post something with a link to my blog, Facebook tells me it is protecting me from entering a dangerous site.  Even more interesting is when I responded to their prompt if I thought this message was in error, I can tell them this is just a personal blog, there is no nudity, vulgarity or other vile comments...I am not selling anything and I receive no compensation.  It tells me that while my message will not be read by anyone it does help improve the Facebook experience.  Things that make you go Hmmmmmm.

I started this article three days ago.  I have changed it multiple times.  I was away from home all day on Tuesday.  My wife and a granddaughter went to a school to hear a constitutional lesson on the genealogy of the Constitution. That evening, the same speaker gave a public talk on the sovereign duty of the states.  While I study the constitution, our founding fathers, and their writings, what I learned that day was more in what I saw than what I heard.

I was there to represent Founder’s Keep, an educational organization.  At the school, I saw a small number of adults, local interested individuals, and administrators, along with kids from 6-12 grades.  The school is a rural central school, and I estimated about 100 children were present.  They were very polite, well-behaved, very respectful - and generally seemed genuinely interested in what the speaker had to say.  It was uplifting to see our future generation take an interest in educating themselves in the history of liberty.

That evening we were in a large facility that was set up to accommodate about a thousand people.  As I mentioned before, the speaker’s topic was to be the Sovereign Duty of the States. Krisanne Hall is a nationally known speaker; the event was fairly well advertised.  The crowd numbered about 50.  Krisanne delivered her message as if there were 10,000 in the audience. The people who came were obviously invested in the nation’s future.  I spoke with many of them—  homeschoolers, veterans, business owners, and even a local radio talk show host (who happens to call his show The Voice Of Reason)

Now, for the school to introduce a curriculum where they can add this sort of teaching to the kids will require the approval of the state board of education.  Why?  Control.  Control learning about history???  Perhaps this is similar to Facebook blocking my site which tells the truth about our history?  I applaud the administration for their efforts and I pray they are successful.

In the past several years I have noticed that at typical political events (and this was not political) such as Tea Party, 9-12, etc., the attendees were in their 50s and older.  For the most part, the evening event was no exception.  However, what does it say about our nation’s state in a city of over 300,000, when only 50 will make the effort to come out on a Tuesday evening? Perhaps it’s easier to log onto Facebook and complain there?

I don’t know what the answer is.  What I do know is that we are fighting battles on several fronts.  Apathy is huge, but it reveals itself in different ways.  For instance, I know younger people who are extremely knowledgeable of the constitution and founding principles but are busy living their lives and will not take the time to go out and get involved.  That was me.  And like me, they will in time wake up to the realization of that mistake.  We battle the uninformed (ignorant); we battle those who think our Constitution is dynamic and fluid—  a living and breathing document that changes with society.  We battle those who drink at the water trough of Karl Marx.

The battle is not on social media. Social media gives us a false sense of importance, a false sense of accomplishment, and a false sense of reality.  In reality, Facebook has done me a big favor.

It is very clear Facebook is no friend of the Constitution or our history.  While they embrace the aspects that allow it to operate freely, they have made a choice to deny that to some of their customers in the name of security.  Sounds much like a quote by Benjamin Franklin.  If we accept their treatment of us it is no different from what the government does to us, which we have accepted - some grudgingly and some readily.

Our biggest challenge is education and right behind that is motivation.  People don’t eat unless they are hungry, they don’t drink unless they are thirsty.  You don’t fear the bear that you see on TV even though you recognize its power and danger, but when you look up and see you are in between a sow bear and her cubs, the danger is now personal.  We have yet to understand the danger is personal, we see it as a vague distant threat.  It actually has us by the throat and is killing us.  But that’s okay, we’re busy posting on Facebook and Tweeting about Hillary’s emails or the Trump/Russia collusion investigation.

I am going to continue on my malicious, abusive, and offensive endeavors to educate and motivate.  Facebook will not be the salvation of the republic.  If the republic survives, it will be in spite of Facebook.  When my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren look back at my life, let them say I gave my best.  I can do better than Facebook, and we all deserve better. Click on the embedded link below and listen to Norah.

Norah Jones – American Anthem Lyrics

All we've been given

By those who came before

The dream of a nation

Where freedom would endure

The work and prayers

Of centuries

Have brought us to this day

 

What shall be our legacy?

What will our children say?

Let them say of me

I was one who believed

In sharing the blessings

I received

Let me know in my heart

When my days are through

America

America

I gave my best to you

 

Each generation from the plains

To distant shore with the gifts

They were given

Were determined

To leave more

Battles fought together

Acts of conscience fought alone

These are the seeds

From which America has grown

 

Let them say of me

I was one who believed

In sharing the blessings

I received

Let me know in my heart

When my days are through

America

America

I gave my best to you

 

For those who think

They have nothing to share

Who fear in their hearts

There is no hero there

Know each quiet act

Of dignity is

That which fortifies

The soul of a nation

That never dies

 

Let them say of me

I was one who believed

In sharing the blessings

I received

Let me know in my heart

When my days are through

America

America

I gave my best to you

 

America

America

I gave my best to you

Written by Michael Murphy The Voice of Reason

The Voice of Reason

1 Responses

Great article. I would share it but, LOL, I am banned by FB for being politically incorrect. I too support constitutional ideals and am very glad to see you mention KrisAnne Hall. She is a true patriot doing what needs to be done- education. Thank-you for this article Michael. Look forward to seeing more from you.

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