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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

JANUARY MONTHLY MEETING: Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Social Time, 7:00 p.m. Business Meeting / Freeport Masonic Lodge, 33 Mallet Drive, Freeport, ME 04032 / All Republicans are welcome!

Events

Lincoln Club Dinner with Senator Susan Collins as Keynote Speaker, Fri, 2/7/2020
The Lincoln Club will hold its 135th 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. Senator Susan Collins is the keynote speaker! She has confirmed and will give her presentation during dessert.
Event: Why Socialism Would Destroy America’s Economy & Freedoms
Many 2020 Democratic Candidates are promising “Free Stuff” & Socialism to voters. This informative program will demonstrate why those policies would harm America.
Lewiston: Fight for Trump Rally and Press Conference
Where will Jared Golden side on impeachment? With the Far-Left or with his own constituents?
Businesses Learning from Businesses
How to comply with NEW LEGISLATION
that affects your EMPLOYEES and your BOTTOM LINE
Free Speech, Hate Speech, & Censorship: Winning the 2020 Elections
As a conservative have you been censored online or anywhere else? Have you self-censored your words to avoid being called a bigot or hater? Are you worried about what censorship might do to the 2020 elections? If so, you need to attend this very timely and informative program!

Election Races

KC (Kevin) Hughes for House District #45 (Cumberland and Gray)