Monday's HOT MIC

Monday's HOT MIC

Count me in on the side of free speech — with Michael Walsh and Andrew Klavan — in the Julius Caesar controversy. A wise person (God, in fact) once said, "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?" We don't win the war of ideas by becoming barbarians.

A lot of people apparently agree with Loomer's tactics:

More and more we see that whenever groups or individuals adopt the left's brutish tactics (in this case shouting down a performance) they also adopt their values (i.e. compromising on free speech). It doesn't bode well for the right/conservatism/the GOP (or the Republic for that matter) if our side becomes indistinguishable from the left. Bold colors should separate us from the left so that voters have a clear alternative — hopefully one that appeals to the "better angels of our nature," as a great president once said. In fact, Lincoln's first inaugural address is worth quoting at greater length. We'd do well to heed his words of warning given at a time of even greater conflict:

We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.