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Censorship–A Rose by Any Other Name

Published / by Lee Kessler / 1 Comment on Censorship–A Rose by Any Other Name

Webster’s defines the verb censor as: to examine in order to suppress or delete anything thought to be harmful or dangerous.

Censor the noun is : an official who examines publications or communications for objectionable matter.

And Censorship is: the institution, system, or practice of censoring or of censors.

Well, there certainly is a lot of gray area in those definitions, isn’t there? You can call it by any name you want to, but a rose by any other name is still a rose. The real question is: Who decides? Who is anointed with the duty or power to suppress or delete? To decide what is objectionable? To create systems or institutions for the purpose of censoring?

I am no historian, but I do know that Ministers of Propaganda and Information have caused a lot of havoc, and destruction, over the centuries. Censorship is within their purview, and Censorship usually leads to persecution. It is a road to hell.

Hence, in our Bill of Rights, we are guaranteed Freedom of Speech. You can say and write what you like–even if people despise it, even if people counter it, even if people think you are crazy. No matter how abhorrent some people find your thoughts, mindset, and words to be, you have the right to express them. PERIOD!

You are not allowed to cry “fire” in a crowded theater, but that was not adjudicated by a “censor.” It was adjudicated in a court of law. See how this whole Rule of Law things ties together?

When I asked that question, I was asking it of whoever Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and various other mainstream news agencies have assigned to silence any thought they deem objectionable.

I for one will pit my intellect, and fair-mindedness, and Constitutional adherence against any 35 year old “woke” genius at these companies. You can think what you like, and you can say what you like. But, don’t censor me! And don’t censor those whose opinions you disagree with, or whose influence you want to diminish!

To watch wholesale censorship of the President of the United States is stunning. It is repulsive, and it is dangerous! That is not a mere embarrassment–as some would have you think. It is a disgrace. And I would hold that opinion even if the “shoe was on the other foot” and the candidate was not “my candidate.” Equal protection under the law applies here.

So, when you hear that Twitter accounts are blocked, when posts are censored, when they are hidden, when editors of newspapers are fired for allowing an opinion piece to be published, you know you are dealing with people who would do very well in any regime that seeks to control you, to suppress you, and erase you.

Speak up, while you still have the chance!

Call your state representative today would be my recommendation. No matter what state you live in. Tell them you will not support him or her unless they stand with the President, and the right of the candidate to go down legal and constitutional avenues. It is constitutional in a contested election for one person to pursue legal redress, recounts, etc. And, in this election, I am one of 72.3 Million Americans (that’s a LOT of people) who does not have confidence that the vote I cast was properly recorded–or if it were, that it was not cancelled out by planned late voting.

We must slow down, and get this right, for future elections, and generations.

Something Nancy Said…

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Something Nancy Pelosi said about two weeks before the election caught my attention. I had an uneasy feeling then, and am dead certain now. In one of her many appearances in front of the news media, adjusting her color-coordinated mask, she seemed to be preparing all Democrat supporters for something they would experience on election night. She said words to this effect. (This is not an exact quote, but it is very close to it.)

Do not worry or be concerned on election night. Donald Trump may appear to be winning, maybe winning by a landslide on election night. But don’t worry. No matter what it looks like, by the time ALL the ballots are counted we will have won, and will have put Joe Biden in the White House.

A Press that has no intellectual curiosity whatsoever, and no critical thinking ability either, did not notice an obvious outpoint. It is the outpoint that stuck with me. Her assertion that even if Trump won by a landslide on election night, he would lose in the ensuing days was outrageous. If an election is close, and one candidate appears to have won at midnight, it is possible of course for the opponent to gain ground to wipe out a narrow gap.

But, one needs to ask, “How the hell do you wipe out a “landslide?” How do you reverse multiple states simultaneously, erasing huge margins of victory?

So, it begs the question, what did Nancy know? Why was she reassuring her hyper-emotional constituency that everything would be ok in the end–no matter how distressing the evening of Nov. 3 might appear?

There are now more than 11000 sworn affidavits by people who are alleging–under penalty of perjury–fraud or irregularities, spread throughout multiple states. That makes the “battlefield” extremely expansive and diverse, involving different states and their laws. Daunting task. The probable strategy: death by a thousand cuts.

We do not know how this will play out in the coming weeks, but one thing is certain: This is a contested election. Do you understand that Mitt Romney? Do you understand that Chris Wallace? Do you understand that CNN? Do you understand that everyone? Whether you wanted it to be over with on Nov. 3 and the result all wrapped up in a tidy package, tied with a bow, is now a moot point. It is what it is.

Like it or not–there are procedures and rules that govern elections and which cover what happens when results are contested and a candidate will not concede. The candidates represent the people who voted for them, and they have every right to try to ensure that the outcome matched the true will of the people.

We are a nation of laws. We operate anchored on our Constitution, and each state has their constitution. They also have election laws that the Legislative Branch of the state government has created over time. We operate by the Rule of Law–not the Rule of Dictate by the Fourth Estate, or marauding riotous mobs. We have Due Process.

This will play out in courts across America over the next few weeks. There is nothing Hitlerian, or Stalinist about it. To exercise one’s rights under the Constitution is not an act of Sedition. So, whether Nancy wants to say this or not, I am suggesting to her Democrat constituents, and to other Republican elites, that “no matter what it looked like the day or two after the election, in the end, you may have cause to be upset.”

As for me, I am a citizen, like you, who has voted proudly in every election since I turned 21. A few days before election day I drove 8 hours all told to get my 91-year-old brother out of an Assisted Living facility–even though it meant he would be quarantined for two weeks–because he had never missed a vote either. He is a Korean War veteran and really wanted to vote.

And, if even one vote was illegally cast and counted, then that vote–cast by a cheater–has cancelled my vote or perhaps cancelled my brother’s vote. I am a fair-minded person. If I lose in a fair fight, I will take my licks and come back another day. Donald Trump is no different than me. He has rights, and one of them is his right to fight on.

We allowed Al Gore to pursue the legal path when he felt he had been wrongfully robbed of the victory. We will go down this legal path now too. Enjoy the walk on the path of the Rule of Law, even if for some of you it feels like a walk into scary, unknown territory. Lawlessness though is truly hard on you. You will find a peace in following the law.

“In Search of Liberty”

Published / by Lee Kessler / 2 Comments on “In Search of Liberty”

Last year I played this movie for some of my business colleagues who wanted to learn more about the Constitution–and who wanted to have an evening of entertainment, popcorn, and good clean fun. They loved it!. This award-winning film was written by a friend of mine. It is a feature film, designed for families to watch, be entertained, and learn about the Constitution–each Article of that document.

The premise is that Benjamin Franklin comes into present time, and though visible initially only to the dad in the family, he begins to educate the dad, and subsequently the whole family, about each Article, and how it can be applied to our lives today.

The movie is very engrossing, well-written, and fun to watch. It is a family film, and one which will cause the family to talk to one another and discuss it. In other words, it is the best. You have fun, yet learn something.

It had been my plan to simply promote the movie to you–with a recommendation that everyone watch it before the election, as it may help you sort some things out for yourselves. You will be able to think through the issues, if you use this as a foundational approach to current, day-to-day life situations at work or school etc.

Then, a few days ago, I got this email. There is nothing repulsive or divisive or “controversial” in this movie. Yet, it has been censored, by way of censoring ads about the movie. Below is the email about the discrimination lawsuits the film’s owners are filing. I urge each of you to read the email. I urge each of you to get and watch the film, and be the judge for yourself.

One thing I know: The First Amendment of the Constitution guarantees Freedom of Speech. And, if we don’t stand for that, and stand against censorship, then God help us all.

This is your America. Make it a great one.

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A Tribute to Barry Farber

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Barry Farber died this week, one day after his 90th birthday. His daughter’s tweet says he was live on the air the day before he passed, and that he viewed death as a place he hadn’t gone to yet, like Finland or Estonia.

Many things will be said about this brilliant man by men and women who knew him better than I. Even the New York Times will acknowledge the life and work of one of the earliest pioneers of talk radio. Much will be made of a man who broadcasted live almost every day for 60 years, taking time out only to run for Mayor of New York City for example.

Or they will praise the obvious genius of a man who spoke over 20 languages, who wrote books, and advised the mighty–in business, politics, and broadcast journalism.

His close friends and family will have the most intimate and touching stories to tell to memorialize him. As for me, I have my own personal perspective.

In 1986, I was introduced to Barry Farber over lunch by one of the investors in a show I had brought into New York about the legendary diarist Anais Nin. And without any hesitation whatsoever he tried to help a young actress/writer on her journey and promote her.

He encouraged me to sit in with him on his show at ABC studios, and encouraged me to weigh in on his famous nightly talk show. He, I, and his co-host at the time would then walk late at night to an ice cream place they loved. And they talked about the world. I listened.

Through the years, I would see Barry perhaps once every few years, talk to him briefly on the phone in between, occasionally email to fill him in on my latest novel. Always, he was an encourager.

Yes, Barry Farber was brilliant, articulate, a precision-thinker with uncanny wit. But, he was also a gentleman. No matter the argument, there was a grace about him on his show, and in person. There was a profound respect for his fellow man.

He personally guided me into an understanding of Israel, the Israeli people, and that remarkable country–whose leaders he knew very well, for a very long time. I gained a world-view and appreciation from my exposure to him, both in person and on the air.

I learned to extend my hand out to others, to help them accomplish their goals. He unselfishly helped me, when he did not even know me, and I learned to help others in like kind.

Mostly, since I admired him, and his grace under fire, I gained the ability in my writing to face some of the toughest issues and people in the world today. If you know me, or my work at all, you have an inkling.

So, how do I say thank you to someone I barely knew? To someone who touched my life by chance a long time ago, but whose influence was profound and enduring?

As I said in the previous Blog, you live, ’til you die. I am quite confident Barry Farber did just that–if his daughter’s tweet is any indication. He was a country boy who “died with his boots on.”

LIVE ’til You Die

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Some few decades ago, I realized something. For me, it was profound. Who knows what it will be for you. But, this is the truth, my friends. None of us gets out of this gig called life alive. We have bodies that are mortal, and they will die. All of us are in the process of dying, just some are doing it faster than others.

During this pandemic, so many in America today are suffering from a paralyzing fear that they are going to die. And they, and some in our governments, seem obsessed with living in such a way as to avoid dying. Talk about setting yourself up for a loss. Your body will die, and to make all choices in one’s life in the hope of not dying sets one up for failure. It is a game you can not win.

My personal belief is that you are an immortal being, but that our bodies are not. And from the time I embarked upon my careers in entertainment and business, it was somehow a given that I would—as they say in the West-“die with my boots on.”

My late husband “died with his boots on” very unexpectedly and quickly, and young. He was sitting at his computer in the middle of an email to his most troublesome client when he was stricken. There was nothing that could have saved him. His body was shot. But, until that last minute, he was living.

So my advice to all who have been frightened by this hidden, mysterious viral enemy, or who have been scared witless by the Armageddon worshipers known as the Media, or who are terrified of the helpless feeling they are experiencing right now, is: LIVE, ’til you die.

Before you get your underwear in a twist, I did not say live criminally. I did not say live recklessly. I did not say live selfishly. I simply said, LIVE!

Give thanks for the life you have, and even more for the opportunity you have to create the life of your dreams. Embrace your work. Strive towards higher goals every day that you are here–goals which uplift, inspire, encourage, and empower others–strive with an optimistic, expectant outlook.

I learned along the way that my vision will give a vision to someone else. Yours will too. My challenge to myself was to make sure that my vision was not a nightmare, however. Then charge, my friends! Embrace the challenge. In short: LIVE ’til you die.