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Freedom of Silence: De Tocqueville Was Right

~ a poem

Jan 13, 2019

Free to speak, but not to dissent,
Lest the ravages of popular ire draw.
Loathsome revenge by hurled epithet;
Grinds thinkers to cud in its maw.

 

Once a majority is irrevocably pronounced
A formidable belt cinches tight about thought.
The orator is welcome in that sphere to announce,
But beyond those borders misery is wrought.

 

Perpetually this mass adores its opinion
And, though no legal condemnations apply,
No voice dares rise in opposition.
No protester is tempted to try.

 

And the thinker, so abused, withdraws to silence,
As if in remorse for having spoken truth.
Even great geniuses are brought to compliance;
Cast aside for intellectuals illiberal and obtuse.

 

Chains and executioners are coarse, indeed,
Tools of tyrants formerly refined.
This new despotism is of a different breed;
It is a dictatorship of one’s very mind.

 

No spark of brilliance can long exist
When freedom of discourse is so condemned.
And, in this shining beacon of the West
There exists no such freedom, my friend.

John H. Doyle is an attorney, farmer and father of five young children. A graduate of the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law, John launched his legal career in the corporate and securities group of a large law firm in Washington, DC, before starting his own practice representing technology companies as in-house counsel. Along the way John married his high school sweetheart, Joan, who brought him back to Maine; the place her family has called home since before the Revolutionary War. John, Joan and their children now carry on the tradition of farming at the historic family homestead.

 

Next CCRC General Meeting

What: April Monthly Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 7:00PM
Where: Freeport Masonic Lodge, 33 Mallet Drive, Freeport, Maine

Please make note of the location change. We are unable to meet in Brunswick as planned so we will be meeting in Freeport.  We will be unable to have the social time this month so we will begin our business at 7pm.

Events

May 8, 2019 Public Speech: The Immigration Crisis on the Southern Border
3/28/19: Homeland Security Nielsen:
Immigration System in “system-wide meltdown.”

Questions:
1. Should the Mexican border be completely open like the border between Maine and New Hampshire, so that millions can immigrate at will into the United States?

2. Should we ignore the border crossings of drug traffickers, MS-13 gang members, and jihad terrorists?
State-Wide Conservative Citizens Host an Information & Inspiration Meeting in Damariscotta
An ad-hoc group of statewide conservative citizen activists are hosting their second "Information & Inspiration Meeting."
Lincoln Club Dinner
On Saturday, February 9, 2019 (snow date of February 10, 2019), The Lincoln Club will hold its 134th Annual Lincoln Dinner in Portland, Maine. These dinners are held every year around the country in honor of our 16th President and one of the Republican Party’s great heroes, Abraham Lincoln. Many elected officials and candidates have been invited. This year the dinner will be dedicated to Merton Henry, a long-time prominent republican and Bowdoin College Alumnus.
The Gubernatorial Debates
Shawn Moody needs YOU at the many upcoming gubernatorial debates to let viewers and listeners know how broad and passionate is his support!

Election Races

Shawn Moody for Governor
Eric Brakey for US Senate
Mark Holbrook for US Congress