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Re: “'Rebels' Yell: Protests Build Over South Burlington's Mascot Change

Yesterday, April 19, was the anniversary of the Shot Heard Round the World,the first shots fired in the American revolution against the British sovereignty over the colonies. Revolution is synonymous with rebellion, which of course is conducted by rebels. It is a perfectly good word and numerous positive connotations. The controversy is entirely manufactured.

The school board's virtue signaling tells the students that they must never be offended, and if they are, everyone must stop it. The world revolves around them and their perceived injuries, regardless of the impact on others. This is how we get the recent incidents at Middlebury, Berkeley, and other institutions of higher learning.

My thoughts turn to the young men and women, not much older than these students (and many of the minutemen "rebels" were younger) who in the past and the present have put their lives at risk to defend free speech among other freedoms. Being shot at, having shrapnel explode right next to you, and watching your buddies die is truly offensive. These young people have no perspective, and the school board is not helping them get it.

15 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by Shel on 04/20/2017 at 10:25 AM

Re: “South Burlington Man Arraigned in Rebels Stalking Case

For most of the commenters, Dan Emmons is guilty until proven innocent. To what other criminal defendants does that standard apply? Does it depend on the hue of the accused's skin? On the hue of the purported victim's skin? On the accused's or the alleged victim's belief system? What happened to innocent until proven guilty?

When did the name, which has been in place over 50 years, become racist? Is opposing the name change, which many commenters accuse Dan Emmons of, a crime? What is the punishment? Death? Re-education camp? Loss of civil rights? Just asking.

The accuser may actually be a victim, if not necessarily by Dan Emmons. Regardless of what occurred in the GW store, he appears to have been victimized by the adults around him who taught him that claiming to be a victim can give you awesome power over others. He is further victimized by many of the commenters on this page, who further enable his victimhood. The problem is that being a victim is generally not a good strategy for lifelong success. There are notable exceptions of course. A few well known activists have parlayed the purported victimization of others to great personal power and wealth.

27 likes, 33 dislikes
Posted by Shel on 04/15/2017 at 9:37 PM

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