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#1 posted 07-29-2012 02:38 PM

With all due respect ronbuhg, that is your opinion. You are entitled to it and entitled to express it. What your nephew, and my father (career Navy pilot) and my brother and my cousin (career and currently serving Special Forces) and my uncle and my grandfather all fought for was the freedoms listed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the Untied State. One of these freedoms is, as I am sure you remember, Freedom of Speech.

That means the ability to express your opinions without fear of interference, impediment or punishment. It does not mean the freedom to hurt other people by slander or libel. It does not mean the right to expect other people to believe the things you do, no matter how fervently you believe them. That right is granted to you and to those who disagree with every word you say. It is granted to everyone who believes the government is on the wrong track and the US is headed for disaster. If free speech had been suppressed since the 18th century, we would still be a bunch of English Colonies and wearing silly hats to public events.

That said, LumberJocks does not fall under any of that for several reasons. Foremost, it is a private enterprize the owners or managers have the right to allow any legal speech they choose. You do have the right to avoid any or all of the postings here. I do not read any of the off-topic posts except by mistake. If you are not aware of how to hide the off topic subject on the pulse page, please read the link in the first reply.

As some Frenchman once said:
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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