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“first came the pen, and then the fist”

“first came the pen, and then the fist”

If you have not yet read Anne’s post yesterday, Moving from an Emboldened Left in 2012 to a Legal Insurrection in 2013, you need to:

A reader of this site I was speaking with, who immigrated to the United States from a communist country, said that amongst his friends, they have a phrase to describe what happened in their countries: “first came the pen, and then the fist.”

That phrase from the LI reader,  “first came the pen, and then the fist,” captures in just a few words so much of what has troubled me about what our mainstream media has become.

A free and independent press is so fundamental to liberty.

We have a press that is free, but not independent.  Our press has become the tip of the arrow for one political party, and more than anything, one political personality cult.


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Ayn Rand wrote that a doctor couldn’t cure an epidemic by himself; All he could do was treat one patient at a time. I believe it’s the same situation here.

On my own, I can’t cure the evil which the lamestream media has become, but as one individual I can refuse to sustain them. I haven’t watch CNN or the networks (except at airports) for almost 20 years now. I live in a small town with a good local newspaper for local news, but I refuse to subscribe because their editorial page is consistently of the flaming liberal bias.

I drove to their offices a few years ago and asked to speak to the editor. I told her I liked her paper but I would NEVER subscribe as long as she maintained her overt bias. She didn’t care.

What about us conservatives writing airport administrators around the Country and demanding that they dump CNN and replace it with Fox News?

Remember too that in order to supress the pen, or in our case, the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United Staes, one must supress the Second Amendment and take away our means to resist. History shows the precedent. It is up to us to learn from history and not repeat it.


Conservative Beaner | December 23, 2012 at 7:56 pm

What most folks don’t realize is the USSR had a Constitution for workers rights, not that they got to enjoy it much. The US has a Constitution and it is being undermined by our own government.

The USSR had Pravda(The Truth), the US has the New York Times(the paper of record). The USSR controlled all media, the mainstream media in the US are dupes for the Democrats.

Right now the pen is being used to hammer away Americans rights and the GOP is too cowardly to stop it.

On the basis that everything can be explained in terms of The Simpsons: It’s like that (Halloween) episode where the Big Boy and other giant advertising mascots come to life and start reeking havoc in Springfield. The solution was to not look at them – without the attention their animating power dissolved and the treat was gone.

It’s not happening as fast as we would like (nothing does in our short lives), but it seems to be happening. I myself haven’t watched TV news of any kind or read (let alone bought) a paper in over ten years.

I cancelled my cable yesterday, saving me $65.00 a month. That’s $65 a month that can be put forward towards conservative causes, rather than spent on intellectually drivelling “entertainment”.

[…] Republicans feared Big Media would blame them! Imagine that! Big Media was going to defend Barack Obama and attack his opponents no matter what happened. But these Republican drunken fools somehow figured that a population that cannot figure out Haley Berry is nuts after her latest domestic horrors would somehow remember the fiscal cliff of 12/12 and punish Republicans even in the Republican bastions which have secured them a House majority. So Republicans like John Boner went to negotiate with Barack Obama. […]

Let Us Beat first Pens & then Fists & Free Contraceptives & Chris Matthews into Plowshares!

BannedbytheGuardian | December 23, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I am not so sure.

If Tsar Alexander had not hung Vladimir ‘ Lenin’ ‘s 19 year old brother for reading subversive literature then perhaps young Vlad would not have followed ibis footsteps. The Tsars were there before the literature.

I think it is more the mass upheaval eg WW1 that led Vlad back into Russia .Without it he may have remained just another exiled writer . But before being exiled he spent years on gulags honing his determination.

There are many countries that almost went communist after mass upheaval eg Indonesia post Dutch occupation. & liberationby the Japanese. It took murdering millions to stave it off.

There needs tone more than the pen to turn or divert communism.

[…] As William Jacobson points out, we no longer have that luxury… […]

TeaPartyPatriot4ever | December 24, 2012 at 12:44 am

Pat Caddell: “I am appalled right now. This White House, this President, this Vice President, this Secretary of State, all of them, are willing apparently to dishonor themselves and this country for the cheap prospect of getting reelected…willing to cover up and lie. The worst thing is the very people who are supposed to protect the American people with the truth – the leading mainstream media…they have become a threat, a fundamental threat to American democracy and the enemies of the American people” unquote

How can so many people swallow hook line and sinker, the propaganda of lies of the far left Socialist Marxist masterminds.. to voluntarily give up their Individual Freedom, Liberties, and Rights.. to destroy the greatest country on earth.. This is the power of Indoctrination.

Their is no rational explanation for it. The only thing that can and must done, is to defeat them. But this is now such a task of overwhelming odds, with the enemies of America at their height of power, corruption, and sedition.. the only options we have left to return and restore America back to a functioning US Constitutional Republic, is so daunting in the ask we face with only the limited resources of We the People, aka the Tea Party grass roots folks, that we may have already forever lost the shining light of Freedom and Liberty.

We pray and fight everyday, but as we have seen, the insidious corrupt evil forces- powers that be, that have stolen the 2012 Election, deliberately allowed the deaths of a US Amabassador and 3 Consulate Security personnel to die in Benghazi Libya, then covered it all up with lies and proapagnda, and endless subversive stonewalling, have seemingly permanently instituted, via govt laws and bureaucracy, their leftist socialist marxist authority, not to mention Obama’s imperial decrees and crony henchmen and women to carry out all of his agenda orders, are not being challenged by anyone in the Media, the Congress, the Courts, etc..

The entire US system of checks and balances set up in, by, and of the US Constitution has been usurped and nullified. Their grip and hold on power and authority is unchallenged, thus their complicit conspiracy to subvert the US Constitution against the American People, America, Democracy, Freedom and Liberty, aka the socialist marxist islamlist far left’s agenda, is now in place and reality.

This is how once great cultures, civilization, and powers collapse and destroy themselves from within.

“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victim, and he wears their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation; he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of a city; he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. The traitor is the plague.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman Orator – 106-43 B.C.

Insufficiently Sensitive | December 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

The Bill of Rights is a full-service package in defending the rights of individuals against overbearing government.

The First Amendment gives the people the pen.

The Second Amendment gives the people the fist.

So be very skeptical about attacks on the Second, for whatever reason, for it would nullify the power of the people.

Chew on that, blue-state lefties.