"The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities” — Lord Acton (1834-1902).
Is there any doubt that America is a land where freedom reigns?
It is true that from minority movements, good and evil has resulted. Good examples will be found in the history of the United States as to its founding. Bad examples are the evil that came from what began as a minority movement, such as in Nazi Germany. It began as a small minority group. Nazism was a fascist party that controlled Germany from 1933 to 1945 with its bigoted beliefs.
What happened in Charlottesville was a display of minority groups that have gained attention by their marches, leading to violence. These groups, such as neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan, other white supremacy advocates comprise tiny minorities among the people of America — minuscule. Yet the attention they receive is worldwide due to today’s media coverage.
These radical groups are wrong in what they are advocating.
We think it is wrong for some of our leaders to bow to the anti-Confederate monuments minority groups. The new mayor of St. Louis wasted no time in making her bow. A strong leader is not intimidated by a small radical group.
Probably 99.9 percent of Americans reject their bigoted beliefs.
There are people who say these bigoted groups should be ignored by Americans, along with the media. It is difficult to ignore them, especially when their actions result in violence, even deaths.
As for the media, what happens that is unusual, somewhat rare, is news, as is violence. The media can’t turn its head away. It can downplay it, or the media can report in a manner that is overkill. Good editors won’t permit overkill. In television, overkill can result from competition. Proper judgment is needed in all ranks of the media.
These minority groups do crave attention and that’s why it is incumbent upon all members of the media to use levelheaded judgment. They have a right under the Constitution to speak and assemble peacefully. If they break the law they should be arrested and they usually are.
History teaches us what evil minorities have done, and the havoc they have imposed on mankind once they are in control or trying to gain control.
There is little appreciation today for the lessons that history teaches.
One of the actions that usually results in violence is countermarches and rallies.
We need leaders who do not incite minority groups by their fireball words that give encouragement to their causes.