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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

Please join us on Tuesday, February 19th, at the Freeport Masonic Lodge, located at 33 Mallet Drive, for the February meeting of the Cumberland County Republican Committee.  Social time begins at 6:30pm and the meeting will commence at 7pm.  All Republicans are welcome.

This is an important meeting for voting members, as we will be electing our executive officers to serve for the next two years.

Events

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!
Gray Republicans: Meet and Greet the Candidates
Meet and Greet the Candidates!
Cruisin’ With the Candidates!
Save the date so that you can join the CCRC as we help bring the Party and the candidates to the islanders in the Casco Bay while riding in style on a beautiful boat! We will depart from Portland at 5pm and return at approximately 8pm.

Election Races

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