"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tony Carr, JQP & Freedom of Speech So Long As I Agree With It

For more than a year now, Tony Carr has blocked me from posting on his JQP Facebook page.  And for months now, when some of his readers mention me during particular threads, Tony has misinformed his readers that I am not blocked from posting on his page.

Which is false, as Tony Carr certainly knows.  But that doesn't stop him from misleading his readers in pursuit of his agenda (an agenda I believe is clearly to amass political power in order to advance himself personally).

I couldn't care less about not being able to post on his page, but I do find his dishonesty and hypocrisy interestingly consistent.

Today marked a new turn of events.  I tried to log into my personal Facebook account, and found that somebody anonymously complained about a post I made on my personal Facebook page discussing a recent JQP comment, and the anonymous person had my post removed and my personal Facebook account suspended.  For the first time ever, over the many years I have used Facebook, my account has been suspended.

Again, despite the post being on my personal wall and not in a public arena.

Facebook, of course, has a business model of capitulating to whiners and the teary-eyed-offended who used to get beat up in school, and Facebook doesn't have the resources to actually vet complaints in order to deny the worthless ones.  Fortunately Facebook did provide me with the post that garnered the anonymous complaint.  It did not, however, provide the allegations of why the post was bad, or who made the complaint.  Just as Facebook didn't awhile back when another individual made a complaint against me and had my comments removed from my personal wall.

That individual was also no fan of free speech and also wanted to control the message to include silencing others.  You know the type.  The type you meet off base in your private life who threaten to call commanders or the shirt on you in order to bully you.  Those kind of people.  Little tyrants with no respect for free speech who are much too insecure to debate ideas, cyber-mono-v-mono, knowing they will get pummeled.  In public no less.  Nah, they can't have that, it's too embarrassing and damages their public image.

This comment about JQP that got me suspended was nowhere even in the realm of offensive.  But that doesn't stop the claims from those who pretend to be offended in order to silence arguments that make them feel vulnerable and threatened.  Even when such people claim to be all about free speech and debate and discussion but are, in actuality, only supportive of speech that they agree with.  Like the person who reported my post as being somehow "bad" and who took steps to silence my private speech online.  And who then naturally inspired me to share this discussion publicly in this blog post.

When you can't compete in the realm of ideas with somebody who disagrees with you, simply ban them if you control the venue.  If you are concerned they might be sharing opinions privately that you don't agree with, simply have the corporation that controls that venue ban them.  To exercise this control, however, you have to own the medium or command numbers of dutiful followers to help exert pressure on media that you do not control.

Just imagine what such a person would do to silence dissent if given the levers of government power.

Without further adieu, I present the comment on my private page that led to the complaint and my account being suspended.

As a side note, JQP's latest Facebook post has this little gem supplied to his readership:

In the past, I've not hesitated to call supervisors... Sometimes, I've called the supervisors of those supervisors and even dropped a line to a few legislators and journalists to alert them as well. It's never turned out well for people...

Be warned JQP readers.  Tony has gotten flag officers fired and, as he threatened to do to me in a Facebook message once, he will not hesitate to pull those levers of government power to silence those he disagrees with by calling their commanders.

Reminds me of some general he once chastised for doing something similar, before Tony began peddling "treason" patches and mugs.

Wannabe tyrants gonna tyrant.

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