Here is a blatant, repellent example of censorship in the wolf-suit of patriotism. The call to participate in the Ferndale, MI Memorial Day parade called for no political signs. The respondent to this announcement is Peter Werbe, an activist and radio announcer in Michigan, who rejects the original writer’s admonition regarding signs and insists that Constitutional rights be exercised without censorship.
Stop the kow-towing to the propaganda. Stop the censorship of the media and the people. Eat the state! Up the revolution!
Richard Jehn / The Rag Blog
Re: MEMORIAL DAY IN FERNDALE @ 9:30 a.m. Werbe
Peter Werbe email@example.com Sun, May 25, 2008 at 4:02 PM Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Mel4hwpeace@aol.com Cc: Peter Werbe email@example.com
Playing into patriotism only strengthens the empire. You’re making a colossal political error in encouraging this type of participation. I was in the Ferndale parade along with any number of us three years ago carrying anti-war and anti-Bush signs and we received standing ovations from parade viewers. Now, everyone agrees with us, why shouldn’t we have POLITICAL SIGNS? In fact, I’m sending this to all of my friends urging them not to pay any attention to such censorship.
One final thing: Someone carried out Bush’s orders, followed them, in destroying Iraq and bears responsibility for millions of dead, wounded, and displaced Iraqi citizens. You’re asking us to carry signs “recognizing” the men who carried out these orders. We should be carrying signs recognizing those millions who are the victims of our government, not its perpetrators.
I’m sending this to about 150 people asking them to show up with POLITICAL SIGNS. Speak your mind, people! NO WAR! TROOPS HOME NOW! BUSH LIED; PEOPLE DIED!
— On Sun, 5/25/08, Mel4hwpeace@aol.com Mel4hwpeace@aol.com wrote:
From: Mel4hwpeace@aol.com Mel4hwpeace@aol.com Subject: MEMORIAL DAY IN FERNDALE @ 9:30 a.m. To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Date: Sunday, May 25, 2008, 4:31 PM
PARTICIPATE IN FERNDALE’S 90th MEMORAL DAY PARADE 9:30 am MONDAY
The Human Cost of War” – recognizing service men/women from MI who died in Afghanistan and Iraq. 200 posters have been made recognizing military personnel who have been killed. Wear RED WHITE OR BLUE tops, NO POLITICAL SIGNS. For more information call 248-548-3920 or report at 9:30am at Livernois near W. Maplehurst. Parade starts at 10am.
Many thanks to Mariann Wizard / The Rag Blog