Kudos to Ellis Burruss for once again defending freedom of speech in The News-Post’s letters section (Nov. 22). And once again he did so on behalf of folks with whom he disagrees — we who are skeptical of the increasingly frantic wolf-howling of the global warming alarmists.

The latest blast from the U.N. once more trumpets scary predictions based on simplistic, faulty computer climate models, and presents wild-weather claims entirely out of context. The aim, as with the Paris Accord, is to siphon big bucks out of the U.S. and other “developed” nations while effecting an insignificant change in the world’s temperature. Socialism, always the ultimate goal, is being openly pushed, including now by walking, talking puppet Saint Greta of Sweden. Watermelons: green on the outside, red on the inside.

The polar bears, if anything, are having a population explosion. It is Mr. Burruss instead who is part of an endangered group — those with the noble Voltairian mindset when it comes to freedom of speech. Waves of angry snowflakes exit college indoctrinated in leftist nonsense and certain that all opponents are ignorant, stupid, and evil and must be silenced and perhaps eventually destroyed. Social justice warriors in “woke” corporations threaten nonconformists’ jobs or entire careers. Fascist thugs put on cowardly black masks, call themselves “Antifa” and provide repressive violence.

All of which is a problem for those of us who believe that truth is found through wide-open discussion and debate. And it will only get worse as our nation’s leftists become more radical, adopting both the radical left’s through-the-looking-glass view of reality and its if-it-helps-us-it’s-good, if-it-hinders-us-it’s-evil morality.

A Rasmussen survey reported on Dec. 3 that 42 percent of government employees think that “offensive” speech should be banned, and more than half of that 42 percent think that violators of such a ban should be jailed.

Ronald Reagan once said “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Perhaps for America that time is now. You don’t really appreciate something until you lose it.

Walt Staruk

Middletown

(40) comments

Jleftwich

Quote from Mr. Staruk:

"Socialism, always the ultimate goal, is being openly pushed, including now by walking, talking puppet Saint Greta of Sweden".

Mr. Staruk is so EASILY triggered, he has to lash out at a SIXTEEN year-old girl. Tell me, who is the snowflake again?

phydeaux994

Doggone, the dang Deep State is really irritating isn’t it BunnyLou, trying to foist all that TRUTH on you? 🌊🔥🌪💨🌧⚡️🥗

Obadiah Plainsmen

Free speech, with a tongue, heart, printing press and a keyboard mankind can build or destroy anything in, on and above the earth.

DickD

Ellis is one of the best!

threecents

It is fun to hear from flat earthers, like Walt, now and then. Speaking of which, I recommend the Netflix documentary on flat earthers and how people get sucked into fake science theories.

public-redux

I’ve been wondering if that docu was worth the time. I’ll give it a view on your recommendation.

public-redux

Watched it last night. Interesting but a little too focused on a few weird personalities.

jsklinelga

Mr. Staruk,

I wish i had your gift. "Waves of angry snowflakes exit college indoctrinated in leftist nonsense and certain that all opponents are ignorant, stupid, and evil and must be silenced and perhaps eventually destroyed." You captured our sentiments to a tee. But life in America is a two way street. I once was one of those idealistic snowflakes until real life chiseled me into a pragmatic conservative. Many of my old hippie friends have a close full of business suits.

What we need is more tolerance, more people reaching out like Mr Burress and an understanding that people on the opposite side of the ideological divide are not always 100% wrong.

shiftless88

Anyone else see the irony of Mr Staruk slamming liberals while calling for tolerance? Clearly jsklinelga does not.

Boyce Rensberger

Yes, it's pretty obvious. The pot cannot see its own color, only that of the kettle.

Dwasserba

I liked the last line of the comment. The one he started with from the commentary was over-the-top scary.

hayduke2

jsk - a wise man once said - "We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense." Barack Obama

gabrielshorn2013

Or simply, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country". JFK

MD1756

How about something as simple as cleaning up after yourself? If we did that we wouldn't have as big an environmental mess as we currently have (which although improved since the 1970's it still continues to be a problem and climate change is even worse especially with the continued increasing human population).

gabrielshorn2013

Good point md1756. Don't make a mess. If you do, clean up after yourself. Going further, if you see it, pick it up. Don't just walk by for the other guy to do. To others, you are the other guy, and nobody does it.

public-redux

There are at least several of us who pick up trash in Baker Park. I know of three others besides me. Don’t know their names but I’ve chatted with all of them.

MD1756

I would apply my statement beyond individuals to companies, particularly manufacturers.

matts853

“truth is found through wide-open discussion and debate.” Wow, isn’t that priceless coming from a guy who is so clearly closed minded and filled with rage. Simplistic science?! Ok, let’s entertain Walt’s desire for an open debate. How and why is NASA, NOAA, IPCC, our DOD, the Pope, and almost the entirety of the western world wrong about this? What makes Walt right and some of the smartest people on Earth so wrong? Where’s his science? What are his satellites and field work showing him? And oh, does Walt live on another planet where the temperature and the seas aren’t ACTUALLY rising as predicted by the science. In his world, are temperature records and the dying off of coral reefs not accelerating faster in the span of a generation? Is the Amazon not drying up and burning?

I want to live in Walt’s World.

shiftless88

Conservatives pretend to want learned discussions but apparently this is all about his "feelings" about climate change.

hayduke2

Hey Matt, don't forget that even the US military recognizes the issue and is planning for the impact of climate change. Kind of ludicrious that he preaches open and honest debate when he has no desire to particpate in a factual discussion.

lewisantq

To live in Walt's world, you have to go back to the original entry point. When these people accept the belief that Fox News presents the "truth" and that ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, BBC, Reuters, The Guardian, Huffington Post and the AP are all in a world-wide conspiracy to present "Fake News", they are comfortable in dismissing all fact-based positions. Bob Lewis

mrnatural1

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awteam2000

Ignorant gibberish.

Thewheelone

"The latest blast from the U.N. once more trumpets scary predictions based on simplistic, faulty computer climate models, and presents wild-weather claims entirely out of context." Mr. Staruk, please tell us your credentials in science and which specific climate models you use to make your assertions.

BunnyLou

Amen, Walter. The erosion, of civil liberties and our way of life, by the rabid left is already well underway. God help us all!

Thewheelone

What exactly is "our way of life," Bunny? Many FNP readers are anxiously awaiting your response.

BunnyLou

A free people able to pursue dreams, think freely, create wealth and speak directly without fear that the collective, rabid lefties such as yourself, will not come for us in order to persuade us to assimilate or suffer the consequences.

marinick1

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Thewheelone

Sorry bunny, but I am not a "rabid leftie." I am a rabid American and a moderate democrat who occasionally has voted for a republican. Your presumptions consume your thinking, bunny.

shiftless88

Bunny; why do you imagine this is "the left"? I just saw a video yesterday on Fox where a congresswoman (D) was shouted down at her town hall by conservatives. So where is the free speech bit?

matts853

Sure, let’s continue to consume, consume, and then consume some more of the Earth’s resources for our insatiable quest for wealth and comfort, which has now caught up with us and wreaking havoc in coastal cities, disrupting agriculture, killing off species, and destroying ecosystems across the world that provide our life support. Let’s live the high life now so that there’s nothing left and we can say, ‘man was that fun!’

hayduke2

Bunny - please tell me how any of those things you describe as " our way of life " are currently not available to you ?

Boyce Rensberger

"A free people able to pursue dreams, think freely, create wealth and speak directly without fear ..." That's a pretty good description of most European countries, especially those in the Nordic region, where freedom includes the right to health care and to education through college or trade school. Also freedom from student debt, which in the U.S. now exceeds credit card debt.

And those Nordic countries (just in case someone has been blighted by the ignorance of the American right) are robustly capitalist. In fact people are more free to pursue entrepreneurial because they are not limited by debt for education or health care.

There is almost no such thing as upward mobility in the U.S. any more, but there certainly is in much of Europe.

Dwasserba

Wow, do I have that power? I'm frothing just to think of it.

MD1756

Bunny, nothing prevents you from doing any of those. Regulations are meant to prevent or at least somewhat abate the adverse consequences of ones actions on others.

marinick1

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hayduke2

Marinick - why would you worry about free speech? You never practice it, only post a [thumbup]

public-redux

I find it amusing to click on his name and look at his 10 most recent comments. I once wondered if a double or triple thumbs up had more import than a single — and another commenter (CDReid, IIRC) took me to task for it. I guess textual analysis isn’t an interest of his

shiftless88

Have some compassion. Some people like to express their opinion simply. Perhaps they feel others have said what they would say (rather than some of us who will repeat what other say just to hear ourselves type). Perhaps their English is not that good. Or they have a hard time typing.

gabrielshorn2013

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