Protect and Defend

Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Monday, May 22, 2006


I was thinking about this tonight and I was going to some of the regular blogs that I like to learn more from and discuss the issues of the day. In this country it seems that the right is against freedom of speech while the left is against freedom from listening. One doesn’t want you to say it and the other doesn’t want to hear it.


Blogger betmo said...

i feel the same way about chris matthews :)

Mon May 22, 11:04:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

I have trouble watching Chris Matthews. I can’t stop thinking about the SNL sketches with him and not think to myself, he really does yell a lot for no real reason.

Mon May 22, 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

i have to agree. i don't agree with the current direction that this country is headed in- and i know that we will probably not agree on many issues. however, it is easy to get caught up in your own thing and lose sight of the other side. i am not into the screaming matches and i agree with truth-pain emporium's ground rules. i like a good, honest debate- but the truth is- neither of us will most likely change the other's mind on issues. i am not sure how to find middle ground other than dialogue- and i admire the intelligent feel of your blog. feel free to drop by whenever you want.

Mon May 22, 11:48:00 PM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

I guess we must have all been watching Chris Mathews this weekend :) I like him for sheer entertainment value. And no one can deny he wallops pretty much anybody who tries to evade a tough question,...the show he had with Lou Dobbs was great,...

Mon May 22, 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have expected the NYT to write totally flattering artilces about hillary. However, this one has me confused. Is it real or is it a slam?

Tue May 23, 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

i think that new york and people in general are tired of politicians who say one thing and do another or say something and then back pedal.

Tue May 23, 09:40:00 AM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

I was thinking about your posting this morning. And you may have hit it more on the nail that you know. We are so stuck in the "absolute-ism" of things that each side is un-willing to give even cursory credit to the other side for ANYTHING of value or good.I'm a Libertarian through and through, but I think I am pragmatic enough to say when the Demos or Repubs have something good baking in their oven. I have no qualms to espouse it fully on my blog. But in most cases you are correct. Most people love the sound of their own voices, preaching to their own Choir, and not trying any other Kool Aid flavor than their own.

Tue May 23, 01:54:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Well, I can say that I am a conservative but with my own take on being a conservative. I am not a “right-winger” as some might call it. I don’t “Damn all Fags to Hell,” and I don’t believe if you have an abortion you are going to hell either. I can disagree with those choices without being ugly about it.
I am not sure what direction the country is headed it because I don’t think we are ever headed permanently in any one direction which is the beauty of democracy. No one will rule over us till death and if they rule incorrectly we can vote them out of office.
And for me, I would rather preach to someone else’s choir than my own. If you surround yourself with yes men than you cant help but think you are always correct.

Tue May 23, 02:52:00 PM  
Blogger deb50 said...

The world today reminds me in some ways of the sixties. People are disgusted with the government and its "secrets", the loss of life in Iraq, and our total lack of a diplomatic policy. I think we are headed for a major change in this country. I feel a sit-in coming on.

Tue May 23, 06:58:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Wow, I hope this country is nothing like the ‘60s. The Turn on, Tune Out and Give Up Generation.
I have heard arguments how the “Greatest Generation” really was not the greatest generation because the Baby Boomers came along and made us all more tolerant and corrected the ills perpetuated by the Greatest Generation. Well, those Baby Boomers are the ones in power now, and although we might not be as close to total annihilation as we were in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, who doesn’t think The Greatest Generation made for better politicians than the Boomers?

Tue May 23, 08:37:00 PM  
Blogger Truth-Pain said...

Your posting certainly made my wheels turn,... thanks for the inspiration for my latest rant :)

Wed May 24, 02:45:00 AM  
Blogger deb50 said...

The sixties spawned some very great activists who supported civil-rights, the end of the Viet Nam conflict, and some other issues such as Roe vs. Wade. Don't believe for one second that they were all drug-taking free spirits. And the people who are in power are there because we put them there. For whatever reason at the time, we voted for them. Not me personally, but enough people in this country did. Now its time to vote them out.

Wed May 24, 11:57:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Betmo, understand though that I was never around in the 60s. In fact, I did not grace this world with my presence until Carter had two years left. But, I think the Boomers have done a lot of damage to this country and now my generation is not prepared to make the necessary changes to fix them. We make virtually nothing in this country anymore except cars and one of our biggest automakers was bought out. Toyota is now the number one car in America. No televisions, computers or virtually any electronics are made here anymore. We are building up a huge trade deficit. The Boomer Congress has let the border go to shambles. The Boomer Congress has allowed the environment to go to shambles. And now being religious is somehow a bad thing. There was a time when being conservative was synonymous with being American but now it is about bling. I will give credit where credit is due, there was a lot of good music in the 60s, they did help end Vietnam in the 70s, and they did end Jim Crow laws and racial segregation. But, other than that I am hard pressed to give any more credit.

Thu May 25, 02:11:00 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

i agree mostly- although i am betmo and your reply was meant for deb.

i think that there was a time in this country when both parties stood for something other than politicians who are constantly campaigning instead of governing. there was a time when people in general had integrity and gave a damn about people other than themselves.

as for it being unpopular to be a christian- i can only speak for myself when i say that the christian zealots turned me off. the ones who want everyone to think their way period and that means living the same way, thinking the same way, behaving the same way- and that way is evangelical christianity. no thanks. i don't understand why people believe in christianity- but as long as they keep it to themselves and don't try to force it on me- then that's fine. that is what the first amendment is for. freedom of religion. not freedom of forcing everyone into christianity because your faith is too weak to weather temptations or worldly issues.

Fri May 26, 07:48:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

Betmo, sorry; you are right that was for Deb.
I am a Catholic and with that comes my Catholic beliefs, but I would never attempt to force my Catholic beliefs on anyone else. Now, I would talk about those beliefs and explain them to others, but not without an invitation to do so. I also might try to work it into a conversation with someone if I think they might be headed down the wrong path or in need of some spirituality. But, this would not be proselytizing and instead maybe talking about my visit to the Vatican and the experience of being there and seeing if it perks their interest.
That being said, a student has the right to not say the pledge, but that does not mean because one student decides not to that no students can. This goes back to my belief that Freedom of Speech is not the same as Freedom of Not Hearing.

Fri May 26, 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger betmo said...

i commend you for your candor-and i agree with you for the most part. unfortunately, not all subscribe to your method. please don't think that i don't understand that your faith and religion are an integral part of who you are- but i don't need to be proselytized to- and i commend you for not doing that. my personal feeling is that the original pledge needs to be brought back and the 'under god' line gone away. the author did not write it and congress overstepped when they added it in.

Fri May 26, 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

The original Pledge did not have Under God, you are correct. But, the Pledge is not only used in schools but also when people Pledge Allegiance to this country when they become citizens. Under God was added during the Cold War, communist countries were all atheist societies, so by adding Under God, the new citizen was both pledging allegiance to this country but also denouncing any communist ties.

Mon May 29, 12:10:00 AM  

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